ORANGEBURG, NY – Behind a spread out scoring attack that saw four Warriors score in double figures, the Merrimack women's basketball team picked up a 30-point victory over Nyack on Saturday afternoon, 80-50. With the win, Merrimack improves to 3-0 overall including 1-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference with all three wins coming on the road.
Merrimack (3-0, 1-0 NE-10) will stay on the road Tuesday as they will head to #2 Bentley for a conference showdown.
The Warriors received scoring from ten different players on Saturday including Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) who led Merrimack with 14 points. Rothman went 5-8 from the floor including 4-6 from three point range and also grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists. Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) scored a season-high 12 points in the win as she went 5-11 from the floor and dished out four assists. Sophomore Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) scored a career-high 12 points in 12 minutes of action for the Warriors as she went 4-8 from the floor and 1-3 from deep. Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) finished off her impressive game with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
"Nyack came out hard and really tested us in the first half," said head coach Monique LeBlanc. "We played a much-more disciplined second half. It was great to have all players contribute today. Everyone played double-digit minutes and we were able to mix the lineup up."
Lyons opened the scoring for the Warriors as she drilled a three pointer off of a nice pass from Rothman 20 seconds into the game. The two teams went back and forth over the next three minutes as the score was tied 5-5.
The Warriors broke the game open over the next five minutes as they used a 14-2 run to extend their lead to 12 points as Madison Ward (Binghamton, NY) made a driving layup in the lane.
With six minutes left in the opening half Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) made one of two free throws to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the half, 29-13. Nyack cut the lead to eight right before half but Schatzlein finished the half with a layup, giving Merrimack the 38-28 lead at half.
In the second half, following a Brianna Taylor three pointer that cut the Merrimack lead to nine at 40-31, the Warriors went on an 11-0 run to gain their biggest lead of the game at 20. Rothman drained a contested three pointer after a Schatzlein pass, making the score 51-31.
With just over six minutes to play in the game, Freshman Lia Nawn (Bedford, NH) drilled a deep ball to give the Warriors the 28 point lead. Nawn finished the game with a career-high five points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
For the game, Merrimack shot 39 percent from the floor while Nyack was held to 34 percent. The Warriors drilled eight three pointers, four in each half, and went 18-26 from the free throw line in the big win. The Warriors outrebounded Nyack 55-36 and outscored them 21-7 on points off of turnovers.
Nyack was led offensively by Khamari Tellis who finished with a game-high 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in the loss. Rachel Burnett grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and scored five points while Natalie Harrison was second on the team with eight points.