January 24, 2014

Women’s Basketball Hosts No. 20 Adelphi University in NE-10 Saturday Clash

WARRIORS LOOK TO SNAP THE PANTHERS TWO-GAME WINNING STREAK THIS SATURDAY

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Returning to Hammel Court for the second time this month, the Merrimack College women's basketball team hosts No. 20 Adelphi University for a Northeast-10 Conference clash Saturday afternoon.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (9-7, 5-6) | Adelphi (14-3, 8-3)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Last Time Out
American International came away with a 72-62 victory over the Warriors in a Northeast-10 contest Wednesday night at Henry Butova Gymnasium.

For the game, the Warriors shot 43.9 percent from the floor while holding their opponent to only 38.1 percent. The Yellow Jackets shot 50 percent from deep and 69.9 percent from the line while Merrimack 6-of-20 (30.0 percent) from long range and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Warriors opened up the game with back-to-back 3-pointers from Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass). The Navy and Gold extended its lead to nine (18-7) after a made layup from Tia Scott (New York, N.Y.) with 10:11 remaining in the first.

The Yellow Jackets battled back to within eight (18-10) after a trey from Brianna Bishop. Down 28-13, Kamika Mason capped off a 19-3 run with a layup to give AIC its first lead of the game at 32-31 that lasted until the halftime horn.

Out of the half, the Warriors net the first 12 points to go up 43-32, but AIC battled back and cut the deficit to four (50-46) after a made three from Bishop.

In the final minutes of play, AIC took control extending its lead to six (66-60) forcing the visitors to take a timeout. The Yellow Jackets ended the game on a 6-2 run to give the Warriors its seventh loss of the season.

Last Season against the Panthers:

  • Merrimack was defeated by the Adelphi Panthers in their first road contest since December 1 by the score of 73-60.
  • Offensively the Warriors were led by senior Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) who finished with 15 points and six rebounds while Rothman finished with 12 points, nine boards and two steals.
  • Merrimack shot 41 percent from the floor while the Panthers finished shooting 47 percent.
  • The Warriors turned the ball over 22 times and forced only 17 turnovers by Adelphi while the Merrimack bench was able to outscore the Panthers.

The Warriors:

  • Saw a two-game winning streak come to an end against AIC on Wednesday night.
  • Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) ranks 17th in the league and leads the team in steals averaging 1.7 per game.
  • As a team, Merrimack ranks 48th in the nation in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to just a 27.3 percent clip
  • At home, the Warriors are 138-of-365 (37.8 percent) from the field, while shooting 26.8 percent from long range and 67 percent from the lime.

Scouting the Adelphi Panthers:

  • The Panthers have won four of their seven games, while coming off back-to-back conference wins against Assumption College and Southern New Hampshire.
  • Adelphi currently leads the league in scoring offense, averaging 84.4 per game, and in assists with (19.6 per game)
  • On the road, Adelphi is 7-2, while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from deep and 67.2 percent from the line.
  • Jessica Kitrys leads the conference in points averaging 18.7 a game, as well as shooting 61.6 percent from the field.

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