WORCESTER, MA – The Merrimack women's basketball team could not pull off their third straight upset victory on the road on Thursday night as they fell to #3 Assumption by the score of 74-64. The Warriors finish the season with a 17-12 overall record, giving them a 12-win improvement from last season, the best in the country.
The game was decided in the final four minutes as the two teams were tied at 64. The Warriors were not able to put the ball in the bucket as they finished out the game going 0-for-7 from the floor and allowing the Greyhounds to go on a 10-0 run to close out the contest.
The Warriors were led offensively by Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) who finished with her 13th double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the defeat. Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) finished off her night with a team-high 18 points on 4-for-6 from the floor and 3-for-4 from behind the arc to go along with three assists. Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) finished with 10 points and two rebounds as she went 3-for-5 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
The Warriors grabbed their biggest lead of the game just over three minutes into the second half as Rothman was fouled on her three point attempt and she converted on all of her free throw attempts, making the score 44-40 in favor of the Warriors.
The two teams went back-and-forth over the next five minutes as the Warriors tied the game at 55 on a Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) layup after a nice pass from Rothman. With 4:21 to play in the game, Rothman drilled a three pointer to give the Warriors their last lead of the game at 64-62.
The Greyhounds opened up the first half on a 6-0 run before the Warriors got their first bucket as Schatzlein got free for a layup. The Warriors took their first lead of the game shortly after as Schatzlein converted on an old fashion three point play, making the score 7-6 in favor of the Warriors.
With just over five minutes to play in the opening half, the Greyhounds raced out to an eight point lead forcing the Warriors to take a full timeout. After the timeout, the Warriors came out and had five straight points scored by Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) and five straight points scored by Rothman to give the Warriors the 33-31 lead with just over a minute to play.
The Greyhounds converted on a layup to tie the game at 33 heading into the locker room. Merrimack shot 46.2 percent from the floor and forced 11 Greyhound turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Schatzlein led all scorers with 11 points and seven rebounds in the first.
Merrimack shot 43.4 percent from the floor for the game including going 14-for-17 from the charity stripe. On the defensive end of the court, the Warriors allowed the Greyhounds to shoot 50.9 percent from the floor and the Warriors forced 15 turnovers.
Merrimack won the rebounding battle by the score of 32-30 but they were outscored 26-18 in points off of turnovers. Merrimack's bench once again beat their opponent's bench as they outscored the Greyhounds 31-15 for the game.
Schatzlein finished off her great Merrimack career with 1,287 career points and 962 career rebounds. The point total is good for sixth on the Warriors all-time and the rebounding total is good for second on the all-time list. The loss also marks the end of the career for Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass.) and Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.).
The Greyhounds were led offensively by Gabrielle Gibson who led all scorers with 30 points on 12-for-20 from the floor. Jamie Insel scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the winning effort.