The Merrimack women's basketball team stays at home on Tuesday night for a conference game with the visiting Pace Setters. Merrimack will be looking to improve on their 7-2 home record. The Warriors are coming off of back-to-backheartbreaking losses in their last two games. After a one point defeat on Wednesday the Warriors were downed by AIC by three on Saturday. The Setters enter the game with a 9-8 record and a 7-6 conference mark, same conference mark as the Warriors. The Setters lost their last game in overtime at Franklin Pierce by the score of 69-60.
The Warriors offensive attack has been very spread out this season as they have had six players lead the team in scoring. The Warriors are led by their senior captain Kelly Schatzlein who leads the NE-10 in rebounding averaging 11.2 rebounds per contest after hauling in 15 rebounds and 16 points in their last outing. Schatzlein also is averaging 12.1 points per contest for the Warriors while sophomore point guard Chloe Rothman has continued to grow this season, averaging 13.2 points to go along with 5.2 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game. Seniors Jaclyn Lyons and Katie Ganser have enjoyed nice starts to the season as they are averaging 10.4 and 4.9 points per game so far. The bench has been a strength of the Warriors all year, Ashley Weissmann leads the bunch off the bench, scoring 8.8 points per game and Tia Scott is averaging 4.7 points and 2.0 assists. Shelby Secor has been solid all year in her starting role averaging 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
The Setters enter with a 9-8 overall mark including a 7-6 conference record after falling in overtime in their last game at Franklin Pierce. Offensively Brittany Shields leads the way for the Setters averaging 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds to go along with 2.8 assists while shooting 58 percent from the floor. Jessica Scannell is scoring 9.4 points and averaging 3.3 boards and 4.1 assists per contest while Margo Hackett is averaging 9.5 points and 2.8 boards.
The Warriors are 10-12 against Pace all-time including losing 73-64 against the Setters last season on the road.
LAST GAME (MERRIMACK 64 - AIC 67):
The Merrimack women's basketball team lost another close game on Saturday afternoon as they were downed 67-64 at Hammel Court by AIC. The Warriors had a chance to tie the game at 67 and send it to overtime but Jaclyn Lyons game-tying three point jumper was blocked to preserve the win for the Yellow Jackets. Leading the way offensively for the Warriors was senior captain Kelly Schatzlein who finished with her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 boards while Melissa Miller came off the bench and provided a spark with 12 points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Lyons was the only other Warrior to score in double figures as she scored 10 points while Chloe Rothman finished with eight points and nine assists in the loss.
WARRIORS LOSE BACK-TO-BACK GAMES FOR FIRST TIME:
The 67-64 loss at Hammel Court on Saturday marked the first time all season that the Warriors lost back-to-back games this season. The loss also dropped the Warriors home record to 7-2 on the season. The Warriors have had winning streaks of three and four games this year but this is the first time they have lost to straight.
SCHATZLEIN LEADS WAY WITH SEVENTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE:
Kelly Schatzlein led the way all afternoon long against AIC as she finished with her team leading seventh double-double of the season wit 16 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort. Schatzlein finished the game going 6-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-8 from the charity stripe. Of her 15 rebounds, 13 of those rebounds came on the defensive glass while also finishing with three blocks in 36 minutes of action.
WARRIORS LOSE TURNOVER BATTLE:
One of the keys to every Merrimack win this season has been forcing their opponents to turn the ball over more than they do. The Warriors hold a 9-0 record when they force more turnovers but on Saturday Merrimack lost this battle and eventually lost the game. The Warriors turned the ball over 16 times compared to 12 Yellow Jackets turnovers. AIC converted on their forced turnovers scoring 13 points of their own on Merrimack mistakes.
SCHATZLEIN LEADS NE-10 IN REBOUNDING:
Senior Kelly Schatzlein continued her strong play on Saturday afternoon as she recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 boards. Schatzlein now leads the NE-10 in rebounding, averaging 11.2 boards and 12.1 points per contest and is one of two players in the conference to average a double-double. If she can rack up 157 more rebounds this season, she will be only the second Warrior ever to rack up 1,000 career rebounds and 1,000 career points.
MERRIMACK HOLDS HUGE MARGIN OF VICTORY IN 11 WINS:
Merrimack already has more than doubled the amount of wins that they had all last season, through only 17 games. The Warriors average margin of victory in their 11 wins this season is impressive. The Warriors win their games by a average of 16.2 points. The Warriors have recorded wins of 48, 30 points, 20 points, 18 points twice, 15 points, 11 points and eight 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, winning three games by five points of less.