December 16, 2013

Women’s Basketball Aims for Fifth Win of Season on the Road Against Saint Michael’s

MERRIMACK SET TO TAKE ON NE-10 FOE SAINT MICHAEL'S COLLEGE ON TUESDAY NIGHT

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After a thrilling, 67-58 victory over Southern New Hampshire on Saturday, the Merrimack College women's basketball team travels to Colchester, Vt., to take on Northeast-10 foe Saint Michael's in a conference tilt on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (4-5, 2-4) | Saint Michael's (2-6, 1-4)
Location: Vincent C. Ross Sports Center | Colchester, VT.

Last Time Out

Last Saturday, the Warriors ended their three-game losing streak defeating SNHU. Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) led the offense with 15 points, while shooting 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from long range. For the game, Merrimack shot 36.8 percent from the field and shot 43 percent from behind the arc.

In the opening minutes, Merrimack and SNHU traded leads until Merrimack took an 11-6 lead with 16:48 remaining, as sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) made a three. The Penmen rallied back to cut the Warriors' lead to three (13-10).

Midway through the half, the Penmen tied the game at 14-all after a made layup from Doherty and SNHU managed to extend its lead to four (27-23) with 1:29 left in the half. After a deep 3-pointer from Wagner with just over 45 seconds left in the half, Merrimack went to the locker room with the score tied at 29-29.

SNHU opened the second half on a 7-1 run to take a six-point lead over the Navy and Gold until Obach made a jumper from inside the arc to cut the deficit to four. With 12:33 remaining in the game, Merrimack was able to regain its lead after a made triple from Weissmann.

Merrimack took the lead for good and went ahead by six on a key basket from Rothman with 1:49 left to play. The Warriors finished strong and ended the game on a 5-0 run to close out the match.

Last Season Against Saint Michael's:

Game 1:

  • Merrimack defeated Saint Michael's, 63-45.
  • The Merrimack bench led the way offensively all night as Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass.) recorded a season-high 13 points and seven rebounds.
  • The turning point in the game came midway through the opening half as the Warriors used a 16-0 run to pull ahead of the Purple Knights.
  • Merrimack shot 36.8 percent from the floor and held Saint Mike's to 29.2 percent while forcing 25 turnovers from the Purple Knights.
  • The Warriors outscored their opponents 34-16 in points in the paint for the game and in bench scoring 28-9.

Game 2:

  • Merrimack defeated Saint Michael's, 66-64.
  • The Warriors trailed by 13 points at half and came all the way back as Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, Conn.) made the game-winning layup with 3.7 seconds left on the clock to take the victory.
  • Merrimack shot 41.0 percent from the floor and committed 23 turnovers while the Purple Knights were held to 38 percent from the floor and 22 turnovers.
  • Both teams scored 23 points off turnovers while the Saint Michael's bench outscored the Warriors bench 15-12 for the game.
  • Saint Michael's was led offensively by Nicole Adach who scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Megan Gaudreau scored 11 points.

The Warriors:

  • The Warriors snapped it three game losing streak after defeating Southern New Hampshire on Saturday.
  • Rothman leads the Warriors averaging 13.3 points per game, as well as shooting 40.2 percent from the floor.
  • In the last three games, Merrimack went 60-of-160 (37.5 percent) from the floor and 45-of-62 from the line.
  • The Warriors rank third in the conference averaging 6.7 three per game.

The Purple Knights:

  • The Purple Knights are coming off back-to-back losses against Saint Anselm and No. 1 Bentley.
  • Alexa Long leads Saint Michael's averaging 16.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
  • At home, the Purple Knights are 2-3 at home, while shooting 38.2 percent (116-of-304) from the floor.
  • Saint Michael's ranks third in the conference averaging 4.4 blocks per game, while Alex Long ranks fifth in the league averaging 1.3 blocks per game.

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