November 26, 2013

Women's Basketball Set for NE-10 Clash Tuesday Night Against Saint Anselm College

THE WARRIORS (0-2) TAKE ON THE HAWKS (1-2) FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After falling, 74-61, on Saturday against Northeast-10 rival Franklin Pierce, the Merrimack College women's basketball team take on the Hawks of Saint Anselm College in a NE-10 clash Tuesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (1-2, 0-2) | Saint Anselm (4-2, 1-2)
Location: Stoutenburgh Gymnasium| Manchester, N.H.

Last Time Out

In the opening minutes of the game, both team went back-and-forth, until Franklin Pierce took over the next couple of minutes as they went on a 7-4 run (15-11). After a layup by junior Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.), the Warriors were able to cut the Ravens lead to two (15-13).  With Merrimack controlling the pace of the game the Warriors were able to tie the game at 15-15, after a made layup by junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.).

After the Warrior basket, the Ravens went on a 12-0 run to bring the score 27-15 until a free throw by sophomore Lexi Sells (Attleboro, Mass.) stopped the run.  Franklin Pierce extended its lead to ten and ended the first half on a 7-2 run to bring the score to 41-29.

Merrimack opened the second half with a layup from Sells to cut the deficit to ten points but Franklin Pierce answered right back with a 3-pointer to make the score 44-31 in favor of the visitors. After a Sells layup made the deficit to 11 the Ravens went on a 22-9 run to give them the biggest lead of the game of 22 points.

The Warriors tried picking up the deficit as Wagner scored off a layup with 4:15 left to play but it was not enough to make the comeback. The teams went back and forth over the final three minutes as the Ravens were able to stay undefeated in conference play, with the 74-59 win at Hammel Court.

Last Season against Saint Anselm

Game 1:

  • Merrimack defeated Saint Anselm, 64-53, at Hammel Court
  • The Warriors were led offensively by Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, Conn.) who scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards in the second half as she finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. 
  • Merrimack shot 43.4 percent from the floor while the Hawks were held to shooting 40.4 percent. Merrimack also held the Hawks to 20 percent from three point range while they recorded six three pointers in the game.
  • The Hawks were led on the night by Allie Jones who finished with a team-high 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in the defeat.

Game 2:

  • Merrimack defeated Saint Anselm, 73-38, and snapped the losing streak.
  • The Warriors were led offensively by Kelly Schatzlein who recorded her tenth double-double of the season as she finished with 15 points and grabbed 10 boards.
  • Merrimack finished the game shooting 52 percent from the floor while defensively they held the Hawks to 46 percent, including 35 percent in the first half.
  • The Hawks were led offensively by Allie Jones who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds while Krista O'Gara also recorded 11 points in the losing effort.

The Warriors:

  • Leading the Warriors' offense is junior guard Chloe Rothman (Newtown, Mass.) who averages 10.7 points per game.
  • From the field, Merrimack shoots 39.8 percent, while its opponent shoots 46.3 percent.
  • Merrimack ranks second in the league in turnovers averaging 13.7 per game, while the Warriors rank third in the league in steals averaging 10.7 per game.
  • The Warriors have lost their last two games in the young season.

Scouting out the Saint Anselm Hawks:

  • Coming off an 89-58 overtime loss to No. 1 Bentley University.
  • The Hawks average 70.0 points per game and 42.8 rebounds per game.
  • Senior forward Tori Lehr leads the team averaging 14.3 points per game, while senior Briana Jones averaged 13.5 point per game
  • As a team, Saint Anselm ranks fourth in the league in total rebounds and ranks ninth in the conference in field goals made per game.

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