WARRIORS SHOOT FOR THIRD STRAIGHT CONFERENCE VICTORY ON WEDNESDAY
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team hits the road on Wednesday night looking for its third straight conference victory as they travel to American International for a 5:30 p.m. tip.
Game: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (9-6, 5-5) | American International (10-6, 4-6)
Location: Henry A. Butova Gymnasium | Springfield, Mass.
Last Time Out
After holding a six-point lead heading into halftime, the women's basketball team defeated Le Moyne College, 63-60, last Saturday afternoon.
Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) led the way for the Warriors with a team-high 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists. The Dolphins were led by Alex Marple who tallied 24 points, five rebounds and three assist.
Le Moyne took control early in the first half leading the Warriors, 15-11, until Merrimack battled back to within two (17-15) with 8:57 remaining in the first.
The Dolphins continued to hold a strong lead over the visiting team until Merrimack tied the game at 23 after a made layup from junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) with less than five minutes remaining.
From that point on, Merrimack finished the first stanza on an 8-2 run to bring the score to 31-25 heading into halftime.
Five minutes into the second frame, Le Moyne was able to cut the deficit to within five (36-31). The home team managed to regain its lead, 43-42, but it wasn't long until Merrimack took the lead back with 6:26 left to play.
With less than three minutes remaining, Merrimack extended its lead to six (57-51) until two made free throws from Marple cut the Warriors lead to four (61-57). The Dolphins ended the game on a 3-2 run but was unable to stop Merrimack from earning its ninth win of the season and improve to 5-5 in the conference.
Last Season against the Yellow Jackets:
- Merrimack was defeated by American International by the score of 67-64.
- On the ensuing in bound the Warriors fouled and the Yellow Jackets sank one of two free throws to take the 67-64 lead with nine seconds to play. Merrimack came out of a timeout and found Lyons for three but her shot was blocked by Erica Johnson to preserve the win for the visitors.
- Captain Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) recorded her seventh double-double of the season on Saturday as she finished with a team-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds and three blocks in the loss.
- The Warriors were outrebounded 43-36 for the game and they were outscored 32-22 in points in the paint. The Warriors bench continued to play well, outscoring AIC's bench 18-8.
- Merrimack ranks second in the NE-10 conference in 3-point attempts per game with 20.2, while ranking third in the league in made 3-pointers with 6.6 a game.
- The Warriors are fourth in the league in steals (9.0), while Johnson leads the team in steals averaging 1.7 and in rebounding with 7.0 a game.
- Rothman ranks 44th in the nation averaging 4.6 assist per game, as well as lead the team in scoring with 14.5 points a game.
- In the last three games, Merrimack has shot 39.6 percent from the field, 17.6 percent from long range, and 62.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Scouting out the AIC Yellow Jackets:
- Chosen to finish second in the Southwest Division according to the NE-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll.
- AIC is coming off back-to-back losses against Stonehill College and No. 1 Bentley University.
- They Yellow Jackets are currently leading the conference in offensive rebounds averaging 16.2 a game, as well as tallying 39.9 total rebounds a game.
- Junior forward Krista Ferrentino leads AIC in points with 15.4, while shooting 46 percent from the floor.