Women's Basketball Opens Up the 2013-14 Season Against Mansfield University

CHLOE ROTHMAN AND THE WARRIORS KICK OFF THE 2013-14 SEASON AGAINST THE MOUNTAINEERS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Coming off a remarkable single-season turnaround last winter and earning a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, the Merrimack College women's basketball opens up the 2013-14 campaign on the road against a new non-conference opponent Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (0-0) | Mansfield (0-0)
Location: Marion Decker Gymnasium | Mansfield, Pa.

Last Season

With a young roster that included one of the top forwards in the conference in former senior Kelli Schatzlein (Tolland, Conn.), one of the league's top sharpshooters in classmate Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.), as well as a young, energetic backcourt that included Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) and Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.), the Warriors not only exceeded every preseason prognostication out there, but their efforts culminated in one of the most compelling postseason runs by an underdog in recent conference memory, as well as one of the best stories on campus in 2012-13.

In the Warriors season finale, the women's basketball team could not pull of their third straight upset victory against #3 Assumption by the score of 74-64. 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:

  • The Warriors were picked to finish third in the Northeast Division in the Northeast-10 Preseason Poll.
  • Merrimack finished last season with an overall record of 17-12 and 11-11 in conference play.
  • The squad consists of two freshmen, two transfers, and eight upperclassmen, all of whom will play a role in the success of this year's squad.
  • Leading the Warriors' offense in 2013-14 will be Rothman, who comes off a great last season as a guard ranking second on the team averaging 12.5 points per game.
  • Forward Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) ranked second on the team with 93 rebounds, while averaging 2.7 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Scouting out the Mansfield University Mountaineers:

  • The Mountaineers were picked to finish eighth in the nine team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
  • Mansfield is coming off a 5-21 overall record.
  • Head Coach Alison Tagliaferri enters her first year as head coach for Mansfield.
  • The Moutaineers lost, 94-50, in an exhibition game against University of Buffalo Oct. 29.
  • The new-look Mountaineers return just six players from last season's roster including starters Jena Matter, Alyssa DeRichie and Katie Fitzpatrick.

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