Women’s Basketball Travels South to take on New Haven Saturday Afternoon

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WARRIORS LOOK FOR BOUNCE-BACK WIN SATURDAY AT NEW HAVEN

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team travels south to battle Northeast-10 Conference foe New Haven on Saturday afternoon at Charger Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 |1:30 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (10-8, 6-7) | New Haven (13-6, 8-5)
Location: Charger Gymnasium | West Haven, Conn.

Last Time Out
The women's basketball team suffered its eighth loss of the season, as the visiting Southern Connecticut State University Owls defeated Merrimack, 72-62, Tuesday night at Hammel Court.

Southern Connecticut led the Warriors by a score of 7-2 but a jumper from Sells sparked an 8-0 run to take a three-point lead over the visitors with 13:17 remaining. The Owls managed to rally back to tie the game at 14-all, before taking a nine-point (24-15) lead over the Warriors.

Merrimack battled back to within one (24-23) then was able to take a one-point lead (25-24) with 3:30 left in the first. However, Southern held tough and ended the half on a 7-0 run to bring the visitors ahead, 32-25, heading into the locker room.

The Owls continued where they left off, opening the second half on an 8-6 run to extend the Owls lead to nine (40-31). Merrimack continued to chip away at the visitors lead but Southern Connecticut extended their lead to 11 (51-40) with 12:05 remaining.

Merrimack would pull it to within four points with three and a half minutes to go but wouldn't be able to take the Owls down. The game ended just like the first half did, with Primo scoring the last point, a free-throw to seal the deal. Southern would go on to win by a final score of 72-62.

Last Season against New Haven:

  • Merrimack defeated New Haven at home, 92-74.
  • Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) finished off her monster game with 16 points, 21 boards, a career-high six blocks and four assists in the win.
  • The Warriors scored a season-high 92 points on the afternoon including a season-high 58 first half points.  Merrimack shot lights out in the opening 20 minutes of play as they finished the half shooting 59.4 percent from the floor, 4-9 from three point range and 16-24 from the charity stripe.
  • For the game, Merrimack shot 44.3 percent from the floor and went 26-38 from the free throw line while forcing 17 Chargers turnovers. The Warriors outscored the Chargers 46-36 inside the paint and 29-12 on points off turnovers.

The Warriors:

  • Junior Aria Johnson (Los Osos, Calif.) ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage with 55.8, while leading the team in steals averaging 1.6 per game. 
  • In the NE-10, Merrimack continues to hold its opponents to 27.8 percent from behind the arc.
  • The Warriors average 11.0 offensive and 25.1 defensive rebounds per game as well as averaging a -4.2 rebound margin.
  • Merrimack tallies 17.5 turnovers and 14.5 assists per game, while junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) ranks 12th in the league in assist/turnover ratio with 1.7.

Scouting the Chargers:

  • Forward Aquillin Hayes ranks second in the league and first on the team in rebounding averaging 9.9 per game.
  • In the month of January, New Haven has shot 40.5 percent from the field and 30.1 percent from deep, including averaging 66.4 points a game.
  • Briana Bradford has surpassed 20 points in four games en route to a team-high 14.7 points per contest.
  • The Chargers have won their last five out of eight games while coming off a 62-50 victory against Southern New Hampshire.

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