Women's Basketball Tackles Assumption College Saturday Afternoon

WARRIORS AIM FOR FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST THE GREYHOUNDS

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Looking to end a two game losing streak, the Merrimack College women's basketball team welcomes Northeast-10 Conference rival Assumption College to Hammel Court for a conference match-up Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, December 7, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Records: Merrimack College (3-4, 1-3) | Assumption College (4-4, 1-4)
Location: Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out

On Wednesday night, the Warriors were unable to pull of the big upset over the No. 1 Bentley University Falcons, as they fell 76-52 in front of home fans.

The Warriors were led by junior forward Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) who posted a team-high 10 points and four rebounds. The key start in the loss for the Warriors was the turnover battle as Merrimack committed 15 turnovers to the Falcons four.

With 16:13 to play in the first, Merrimack managed to cut the Falcons lead to six (10-4) after back-to-back free throws from senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.). Bentley then ignited a 13-3 run that extended its lead to 16 (23-7) after a 3-pointer from Finn. Bentley ended the half on a 15-3 run to bring the score to 44-15 heading into halftime.

The Warriors opened the second with a three pointer by junior Allison Wagner (Center Conway, N.H.), which sparked a 6-6 run to cut the Falcons lead to 26 (50-24) with 16:51 left to play. The closest the Warriors got in the second half was 21 down after a made layup from Johnson with 3:16 to play. Merrimack was unable to stop the Falcons' offense from securing the lead and the game by a score of 76-52.

Last Season against the Greyhounds:

Game 1:

  • Assumption defeated Merrimack, 86-62.
  • Merrimack was led offensively by freshman Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) who finished with 12 points and three rebounds off the bench for the Warriors.
  • The turning point in the game came early in the second half as the Warriors were outscored 22-12 through the first seven minutes of the half.
  • The Warriors shot 46 percent from the floor while the Greyhounds shot 51 percent.
  • The turnover battle was lost once again by the Warriors as they turned the ball over 18 times compared to Assumption's 16 turnovers.

Game 2:

  • Assumption defeated Merrimack, 74-64, in the Northeast-10 Championship Semifinals
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notable Notes:

  • Assumption holds a 13-5 record against the Warriors dating back to 2000.
  • The last time Merrimack defeated Assumption was back during the 2009-10 season.

The Warriors:

  • The Warriors have lost their last two games against Cal Poly Pomona and No. 1 Bentley University.
  • The Navy and Gold has a .429 overall winning percentage while a .250 winning percentage in the conference.
  • At home, Merrimack shoots 31.6 percent (42-of-133) from the floor and 66.7 percent (24-of-36) from the line.
  • Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) leads the team averaging 13.6 points per game, whileSecor averages 11.4 points per game.

Scouting the Assumption College Greyhounds

  • Assumption was chosen to finish fifth in the Northeast Division preseason poll.
  • The Greyhounds are coming off a 79-68 loss to No. 14 Stonehill College on Wednesday night.
  • As a team, the Falcons average 67.9 points per game, as well as shoots 41.0 percent from the field and 72.6 percent from the line.
  • Senior guard Shannon Ray leads the team averaging 13.4 points per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the floor.

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