January 6, 2014

Women’s Basketball Sets Sights on Fifth Straight Win on Wednesday Against Pace

WARRIORS BATTLE THE SETTERS IN A NE-10 ROAD TILT AT THE GOLDSTEIN FITNESS CENTER

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Turning its sights to the second half of the season as the month of January begins, the Merrimack College women's basketball team, in the midst of a four-game winning streak, will travel to Pleasantville, N.Y. to square off against Pace University in a Northeast-10 Conference clash on Wednesday night.

The Basics
Game: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (7-5, 3-4) | Pace (1-11, 0-6)
Location: Goldstein Fitness Center | Pleasantville, N.Y.

Last Time Out

The Warriors closed out the first half of the year with an impressive 65-56 victory over Bloomfield on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Hammel Court.

Junior guard Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) finished with 17 points, two rebounds, and four assists. Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) and sophomore Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif.) both chipped in  14 points apiece.

Bloomfield opened up the game with an early 4-2 lead but after a made layup from Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.), Merrimack tied the Deacons at 4-all. With the momentum on the Warriors' side, Rothman extended the lead to eight (12-4) after two made free throws with 14:19 left to play in the half.

The Deacons rallied back on a 5-0 run to cut the Warriors' lead to one (14-13) after a free throw from Castro. However, Secor answered right back for Merrimack with two made free-throws to bring the score to 16-13 with 7:38 on the clock.

With 3:38 left to play in the first, Bloomfield edged ahead thanks to seven straight points capped by  a layup from Nakaida Thomas to push the visitors up, 25-18. The Warriors battled back to within four (26-22), but the Deacons ended the half on a 5-3 run to send the visitors into the locker room with a 31-25 advantage.

Heading into the second half, the Warriors drew within six (43-37) with 13:23 to go on a Rothman free throw, but the Deacons' defense clamped down for the next five minutes. Merrimack was undeterred and eventually tied the match at at 52-52 following a made layup from Secor.

Over the ensuing six minutes, the Warriors employed a 9-0 run that proved to be the difference in the game, as the Navy and Gold powered ahead to a 61-52 lead. Weissmannn extended Merrimack's edge to 10 with just over a minute left, as she drained a 3-pointer to put the Warriors ahead for good.

Last Season Against the Setters:

  • The turning point in the game came in the second half as the Setters outscored the Warriors 20-6 from the 16:45 mark until the 8:02 mark. After taking the eight-point lead on a Schaztlein layup, the Setters raced back and took the lead at the 11:36 mark and never looked back.
  • Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) led the way offensively for the Warriors with 20 points and 10 rebounds on 9-11 from the floor to go along with three assists and two steals. The 20 and 10 game for Schatzlein marks her eighth double-double of the season. Weissmann continued her strong play in the starting role as she finished with 12 points and three rebounds in 32 minutes.
  • After shooting 66.7 percent in the first half, a season-high, the Warriors closed the game shooting 47.9 percent while the visitors finished shooting 50 percent from the floor.
  • The Warriors committed 21 turnovers which led to 21 points for the Setters while the Setters had 19 turnovers that led to only eight points for the home squad.

The Warriors:

  • Before the break, the Warriors won their last two games against Nyack College and Bloomfield College.
  • Merrimack ranks second in the conference averaging 7.5 3-pointers, while attempting 21.0 treys a game.
  • Rothman currently leads the team averaging 13.8 points and 5.1 assists per game.
  • The Warriors are fifth in the NE-10 conference averaging 9.7 steals, as well as forcing 18.8 turnovers per game.

Scouting the Setters:

  • Pace cut a double-digit halftime deficit to four, but were upended by Northeast-10 Conference foe Adelphi 79-64 on Thursday afternoon.
  • Junior guard Margo Hackett leads Pace in points averaging 11.0, while the team averages 54.2 points per game.
  • Pace's defense averages 2.9 blocks per game.
  • At home the Setters are 1-6, while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent from long range, and 63.3 percent from the line.

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