NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Senior Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) dominated on Tuesday night in her final game at Bert Hammel Court as she finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds in the Warriors 70-50 victory over the Franklin Pierce Ravens. With the win, Merrimack has won their last three conference games heading into the Conference Championship weekend.
The win secured the 10th seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference Championships this weekend. The Warriors will travel to take on the Pace Setters on Friday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. The win also gave the Warriors a 10 game improvement on their win total from last year, 15-11.
Prior to the game on Tuesday, the Warriors honored three seniors as a part of their senior day, Schatzlein, Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) and Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass.).
Schatzlein was dominate all night long as she finished the game going 6-for-9 from the floor for 16 points and grabbed a game-high 19 boards. Lyons also had a nice game in her final game at home as she finished with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds including going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) had one of her better performances of the season as she finished with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the win.
The turning point in the game came late in the first half as the Ravens cut the Merrimack lead to four at 22-18. The Warriors responded quickly with a three pointer from Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) to extend the lead to seven and then they finished out the half on a 10-2 run to take the 12 point lead into the locker room, a lead the Ravens were not able to overcome the rest of the way.
Schatzlein started off the game hot from the floor as she recorded the first seven Warrior points. After a Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) jumper and two free throws from Lyons, the Warriors were up 11-4 with 12:42 to play in the first half.
The two teams went back-and-forth over the next six minutes before the warriors finished off the half on a 10-2 run as Tia Scott (New York, NY) sank a free throw for the final point of the half, giving Merrimack the 32-20 lead after 20 minutes of action.
The second half opened up with Secor draining back-to-back layups and Lyons nailing a three pointer from straight away to give Merrimack their biggest lead of 17, 39-22.
The Ravens tried to inch their way back into the game over the next four minutes as they went on a 8-0 run of their own to cut their deficit to nine points but the Warriors would not let the deficit get any closer as Schatzlein answered with a quick layup and the Warriors never looked back.
The Warriors went up as much as 24 late in the game as Lyons hit a jump shot after Wagner's second three pointer of the game but Merrimack ended the game with the 70-50 win, securing the season sweep of the Ravens.
Ganser finished off her final home game with four points, one rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal while playing 20 minutes in the win.
For the game, Merrimack shot an impressive 48.1 percent from the floor while making 16-for-25 from the charity stripe. Defensively the Warriors held the Ravens to only 31.7 percent from the floor while forcing 16 turnovers.
The Ravens were led offensively by Kara Charette who finished with a game-high 18 points on 6-for-8 from the floor to go along with five rebounds. Dyamond Gardner came off the bench for the Ravens and scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and dished off five assists while recording three steals while Tiffany Johnson led the team with eight boards on the night.