GARDEN CITY, NY – The Merrimack women's basketball team was defeated on Wednesday night by the Adelphi Panthers in their first road contest since December 1 by the score of 73-60. The Warriors were outscored by 17 in the second half of play after entering halftime with the four point lead.
Merrimack (8-4, 4-4 NE-10) will return home for a conference game with New Haven on Saturday at 1 p.m. Merrimack will be looking to improve to 6-1 at Bert Hammel Court on the season.
"We came out and played well in the first half but we could not sustain the pressure into the second half" said second year head coach Monique LeBlanc. "Our shot selection in the second half was really poor which prevented us from being successful on that end of the floor."
Offensively the Warriors were led by senior Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) who finished with 15 points and six rebounds while sophomore Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) finished with 12 points, nine boards and two steals. Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) came off the bench for the Warriors and scored nine points and racked up a career-high three steals while fellow freshman Tia Scott (New York, NY) finished with seven points on 3-4 from the floor in 15 minutes off the bench.
With the Warriors down only three, 55-52, with 9:43 to play in the game, Merrimack went cold from the field, allowing the home team to go on an 11-2 run over the next eight minutes to take hold of the game. Merrimack closed out the game with six points while the Panthers scored eight, finishing with their biggest lead of the game, 13.
Schatzlein got off to a hot start as she scored the first six points for the Warriors, all layups in the lane to give Merrimack the early 6-4 lead just over two minutes into the first half.
The two teams went back and forth over the next eight minutes of the half as Schatzlein converted on a layup to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the game up to that point, three points, and her 10th point of the first half.
With the game tied at 27 with six minutes to play in the first, Merrimack finished off the half on a 12-8 run to take a four point lead into the locker room after shooting 59 percent from the floor. Rothman closed out the opening half with seven points while Scott scored five points including a old fashion three point play with just under two minutes left.
Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) opened up the scoring in the second half for the Warriors and Weissmann drained a three pointer minutes later to extend the Merrimack lead to a game-high five points.
Over the next six minutes the Panthers dominated the action as they took a four point lead with just over 10 minutes to play before Weissmann drilled a free throw to cut the lead to three mid way through the second half.
For the game, Merrimack shot 41 percent from the floor while the Panthers finished shooting 47 percent. The Warriors turned the ball over 22 times and forced only 17 turnovers by Adelphi while the Merrimack bench was able to outscore the Panthers.
The Panthers had five players score in double figures including Jessica Kitrys who finished with 15 points and nine boards while Kelly Mannix racked up 14 points, six boards and a game-high four steals. Sade Jackson nearly recorded a triple-double with 11 points, eight boards and eight assists in the victory.