The Merrimack women's basketball team returns will hit the road for their first road contest since December 1 as they will travel to take on the Adelphi Panthers on Wednesday night. Merrimack is 3-2 in road contests this season but only 1-2 on the road in NE-10 play. The Warriors are coming off of a 84-67 loss to conference foe Stonehill on Saturday afternoon at Bert Hammel Court. Meanwhile the Panthers enter the contest winners of their last three games including their last contest at AIC by the score of 77-73 on Saturday.
The Warriors offensive attack has been very spread out this season as they have had six players lead the team in scoring through 11 games. The Warriors are led by their senior captain Kelly Schatzlein who leads the NE-10 in rebounding averaging 10.9 rebounds per contest. Schatzlein also is averaging 11.1 points per contest for the Warriors. Sophomore point guard Chloe Rothman has continued to grow this season, averaging 11.5 points to go along with 5.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game while shooting 42 percent from the floor. Seniors Jaclyn Lyons and Katie Ganser have enjoyed nice starts to the season as they are averaging 9.2 and 5.3 points per game so far. The bench has been a strenght of the Warriors all year, Ashley Weissmann leads the bunch off the bench, scoring 7.9 points per game. Shelby Secor also has played well in her starting role as she is averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest while shooting 38 percent from the floor.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
The Panthers enter the game with a 8-3 overall mark and a 5-2 conference record. They have won their last three contests entering Wednesday night. Jessica Kitrys leads the Panthers offensive attack averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest and is shooting 51 percent from the floor. Sade Jackson is averaging a double-double for the season with 13.5 points, 10.1 assists and 7.6 rebounds per contest while Kelly Mannix is averaging 16.1 points per game as well.
The Warriors are 5-5 against Adelphi all-time including losing their only contest against the Panthers last season at Bert Hammel Court.
LAST GAME (MERRIMACK 67 - STONEHILL 84):
The Merrimack women's basketball team dropped their first home contest of the season on Saturday afternoon as they were downed by Stonehill by the score of 84-67. The Warriors could not hang with the hot shooting Skyhawks who finished the game shooting 56.6 percent from the floor and forced 22 Merrimack turnovers. Leading the way offensively for the Warriors was Chloe Rothman who finished with 17 points, two assists and two rebounds on 7-18 from the floor. Senior Kelly Schatzlein racked up her fifth double-double of the season finishing with 15 points and 10 boards on 6-9 from the field. Tia Scott came off the bench and scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed four boards in the losing effort. The Warriors fall to 1-3 on the season when they commit more turnovers than their opponent.
SCHATZLEIN LEADS NORTHEAST-10 IN REBOUNDING:
Senior Kelly Schatzlein continued to grab boards for the Warriors against Stonehill as she racked up a game-high 10 rebounds including four offensive boards. Schatzlein finished the game with her fifth double-double on the season with 15 points and 10 boards. Schatzlein now leads the NE-10 in rebounding, averaging 10.9 boards per contest and if she can rack up 228 more rebounds this season she will be only the second Warrior ever to rack up 1,000 career rebounds and 1,000 career points.
HOT SHOOTING SKYHAWKS COOL OF WARRIORS AT HOME:
The Merrimack defensive pressure was not enough to cool off the Skyhawks on Saturday afternoon as they finished the game shooting a season-best 56.6 percent from the floor against the Warriors. The Skyhawks shot even better from behind the arc as they finished the game going 12-19 inlcuding a perfect 3-3 from senior Jamie Panton. Stonehill even finished the game shooting 92.3 percent from the free throw line to finish off their impressive offensive display.
WARRIORS BENCH OUTSCORED:
The Warriors bench has been their strength all season long but on Saturday for only the third time all season the Merrimack bench was outscored, 22-19. The Warriors drop to 2-1 on the year when their bench is outscored by their opponent. Tia Scott led the Warriors bench with a career-high 12 points while three other Warrior bench players combined for seven points in the loss.
SKYHAWKS WIN TURNOVER BATTLE:
One of the keys to success this season for the Warriors has been turning the ball over less than their opponents and on Saturday this did not happen. The Warriors forced 21 turnovers which marked the fifth straight game of forcing at least 19 turnovers but they turned the ball over 22 times themselves. The Skyhawks took those 22 turnovers and produced 19 points on the other end. The Warriors drop to 1-3 on the year when committing more turnovers than their opponent.
MERRIMACK HOLDS HUGE MARGIN OF VICTORY IN EIGHT WINS:
Merrimack already has three more wins than they had all last season, through only 11 games. The Warriors average margin of victory in their eight wins this season is impressive. The Warriors win their games by a average of 14.8 points. The Warriors have recorded wins of 48, 30 points, 20 points, 18 points, 15 points and 11 points so far this season. The young Warriors are learning how to close out games which was a problem they could not overcome last year with the game in the balance, nearing the end of the game.