Women's Basketball Welcomes Franklin Pierce to Hammel Court Saturday Afternoon


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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After dropping a 86-74 decision to #7 Stonehill College on Wednesday night, the Merrimack College women's basketball team welcomes Franklin Pierce University to Hammel Court on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a Northeast-10 Conference clash.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (1-1, 0-1) | Franklin Pierce (2-2, 1-0)
Location: Hammel Court| North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

Both teams battled back and forth over the course of the first stanza, as the Warriors went into the break trailing by eight, 37-29. The theme continued in the opening minutes of the second half, as Merrimack continued to keep pace with the Skyhawks, but an early spark ignited Stonehill to a four-point advantage (49-45) in second-half scoring.

The Warriors closed out the opening half 12-for-24 from the field and shot only nine percent (1-for-11) from long range, while forcing seven Stonehill turnovers.

In the first five minutes of the second half it was all Stonehill basketball. The Warriors picked up five quick fouls within the opening minutes before the home side saw its edge grow to double-digits with 13:05 left in the stanza.

Just two Warriors finished in double figures, as junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) led the visitors with 14 points. The only other Merrimack player to reach double-digits was senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.), who hit 10 points even while hauling down four rebounds.

Last Season against Franklin Pierce

Game 1:

  • Merrimack defeated Franklin Pierce, 63-60.
  • Merrimack shot 46.3 percent while they held the Ravens to 33.8 percent from the floor. Merrimack out-rebounded the Ravens 63-60 as Schatzlein finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
  • he Warriors were led offensively by senior captain Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass.) who finished off her impressive season opener with 17 points on 6-10 from the field and 4-4 from three point range.
  • Rothman preserved the win with two straight blocks defensively and Secor sealed the deal with a free throw with less than 20 seconds left.

Game 2:

  • Merrimack defeated Franklin Pierce, 70-50.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Warriors:

  •  Rothman leads the team averaging 14.0 points per game, while sophomore Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) averages 11.0.
  • As a team, the Warriors average a 44.9 shooting percentage from the field, as well as hauling down 34.0 rebounds per game.
  • The team ranks fourth in the conference averaging 80 points per game.
  • The Warriors opponent's averaged a 48.5 field goal percentage.

Scouting out the Franklin Pierce Ravens:

  • Coming off a 75-67 overtime win against Saint Michael's College on Wednesday night.
  • Sophomore forward Kara Charette leads the Ravens and ranks first in the conference averaging 22.8 points per game.
  • The Ravens have won their last two games, while averaging 76.2 points per game.
  • As a team, Franklin Pierce ranks fourth in the league shooting 46.7 from the field.


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