The Merrimack women's basketball team returns to the road after winning their home opener by the score of 64-53 over Saint Anselm on Wednesday to improve to 4-1 on the season and 2-1 in conference play. The Warriors travel to UMass Lowell on Saturday for a game with the Riverhawks who have a overall record of 3-2 and conference mark of 1-2. UMass Lowell is coming off of a 82-75 loss at the hands of the Stonehill Skyhawks on Wednesday night. With a win, Merrimack will match their win total from last year of five.
The Warriors have received spread out offensive production so far this season as three Warriors are averaging at least 10 points per contest. Kelly Schatzlein is averaging a double-double for the Warriors with 10.6 points and 10.2 rebounds while Jaclyn Lyons and Chloe Rothman are averaging 10.2 and 10.0 points respectively. Rothman also leads the team with 5.0 assists per game and also averages 3.4 rebounds. For the season, the Warriors are shooting 41.8 percent from the floor while holding their opponents to 35.5 percent from the floor. Merrimack is also shooting 39.2 percent from behind the arc while their opponents are only shooting 22.8 percent over the first five games, the best three point defense in the conference.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
The Riverhawks enter the contest with a 3-2 overall record and 1-2 conference mark. They are led offensively by the NE-10 leading scorer Bianca Simmons who is averaging a team-high 24.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists per contest while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Danielle DePierro is averaging 12.2 points and shooting 44 percent from the floor as she has started all five games for the Riverhawks. Freshman Lindsay Doucette has stepped in and made a big impact so far this season as she is averaging 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest while making 52 percent of her shots from the floor in the process. As a team Lowell is averaging a NE-10 high 87.2 points per contest and are holding their opponents to 68.6 points.
The Warriors are 15-23 against the Riverhawks all-time and went 1-1 against them last season, winning on the road and losing at home. The Warriors are 2-6 against the Riverhawks over the last four season's.
LAST GAME (MERRIMACK 64 - SAINT ANSELM 53):
The Merrimack women's basketball team opened up their home portion of their schedule with a conference victory over the Saint Anselm Hawks on Wednesday by the score of 64-53. The Warriors were led on the night by captain Kelly Schatzlein who scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, notching her first double-double of the season. The Warriors finished the game shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while holding the Hawks to just 39.7 percent. The Warriors defense also forced 14 turnovers for the game and limited the Hawks to just 23 first half points and 32 percent shooting from the floor in the opening ha
SCHATZLEIN FIVE POINTS SHY OF 1,000 FOR HER CAREER:
Senior forward Kelly Schatzlein has turned into one of the best all around players in the NE-10 over her four year career and she is now just five points shy of 1,000 for her career. When Schatzlein breaks the 1,000 point plateau she will be the 18th Warrior in school history to do so. Schatzlein also ranks fifth in school history in rebounds with 703. She is only five rebounds shy of fourth place on the all-time list. If Schatzlein can rack up 297 more rebounds this season she will be only the second Warrior ever to rack up 1,000 career rebounds and 1,000 career points.
SENIORS LEAD THE WAY OFFENSIVELY IN WIN OVER HAWKS:
The youthful Warriors were led on Wednesday night by two of their seniors, Kelly Schatzlein and Jaclyn Lyons. Schatzlein racked up her first double-double of the young season, after recording 15 as a junior, with 20 points and 12 rebounds as she finished going 8-12 from the floor and 4-6 from the free throw line. She also racked up two assists, one block and one steal in the victory. Lyons continued her hot start for the Warriors as she racked up 13 points on 4-7 from the floor and 3-6 from behind the arc in 32 minutes of action.
BENCH SCORING PROPELS WARRIORS:
One of the strengths of the Warriors team all year has been their deep bench and on Wednesday this was no different. The Warriors outscored the Hawks 19-11 in bench scoring for the game. Freshman Ashley Weissmann led all bench players with nine points on the night as she finished the game 4-7 from the floor and 1-2 from deep. She also grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist in 20 minutes of action. Cassie Amenta gave the Warriors a solid 18 minutes off the bench as she finished with five points, two rebounds and two assists while sophomore Allison Wagner, seeing action in her first game of the season, scored three points in 10 minutes of action.
SPREAD OUT SCORING CONTINUES FOR THE WARRIORS:
Merrimack has proven to be one of the most spread out scoring teams in the conference as they have three players averaging at least 10 points per contest. Senior Kelly Schatzlein is the Warriors leading scorer and rebpounder as she is averaging 10.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest. Sophomore point guard Chloe Rothman is coming into her own this season as she is averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three point range. Senior Jaclyn Lyons has provided the Warriors with a much needed scoring punch this season as she is averaging 10 points and a team-high 30 minutes of action per game. The Freshman duo of Ashely Weissmann and Tia Scott have given the Warriors a spark off the bench averaging 6.6 and 4.6 points respectively.