February 7, 2014

Women's Hoops Challenges Southern New Hampshire Saturday; Warriors Host Play4Kay

WARRIORS AND PENMEN SQUARE OFF FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON ON ALUMNI DAY

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's basketball team will host its annual Play4Kay event this Saturday, Feb. 8 during its Northeast-10 Conference game against Southern New Hampshire University at Hammel Court as part of Alumni Day. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Basics
Game: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 |2 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (10-10, 6-9) | Southern New Hampshire (7-13, 5-10)
Location: Bert Hammel Court | North Andover, Mass.

Play4Kay

Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The official dates for the 2014 event is February 7-17. The official charity is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation. Since the initiative's inception in 2007, Play 4Kay has raised over $2.6-million for breast cancer awareness and research.

On Saturday, Merrimack Athletics will be selling pink bracelets and memory ribbons to help support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The women's basketball team will be wearing pink socks and warm-ups to show help show its support. Also, the Athletic Department will be accepting donations and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Fans can make donations at www.play4kay.org

Last Time Out

Stonehill College proved too much for Merrimack, as the Warriors fell, 68-47, in a league battle on Thursday night at Hammel Court. 

Midway through the half, Stonehill opened its lead to double digits (14-4) after a made free throw from Tori Faieta. Merrimack closed within two (14-12) with eight straight points after two Michelle Obach (Tyler, Texas) free-throws with 5:28 left in the first half.

However, Stonehill regained its ten point lead (26-16) after a three-point play by Asia Ewing with 1:32 remaining before settling on the five point (26-21) halftime edge.

Junior Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) scored the opening basket of the second half to draw Merrimack back within three (26-23) before the Skyhawks took control of the game with a 25-3 run for a 25 point lead (51-26) after a Ewing layup with 11:24 to play.

The Warriors were able to bring the score to within 19 (53-34) after a layup from Obach, but Merrimack was unable to play catch-up and dropped its third-straight game against the Skyhawks, 68-47.

This Season against the Southern New Hampshire (Dec.14)

  • Merrimack snapped its three game losing streak defeating conference rival Southern New Hampshire, 67-58, back on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • The key for the Warriors defense was causing turnovers for the Penmen as they forced 19 turnovers. The Warriors turned the Penmen mishaps into 13 points on the afternoon.
  • For the game, the Penmen were held to 26.9 percent from the floor but they shot 70 percent from the line. The Warriors shot 36.8 percent from the floor and shot 43 percent from behind the arc.
  • Offensively Merrimack received a team-high 15 point effort from Rothman on 4-of-13 from the floor including 3-of-7 from three point range and 4-of-8 from the free throw line.

The Warriors:

  • Merrimack currently ranks sixth in the Northeast Division, while being a game behind Saint Anselm to earn the final spot in the NE-10 Championship.
  • In the last two games, Merrimack shot a combined 36.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from long range, while Obach led the team in scoring each game.
  • The Warriors' defense leads the league in keeping their opponents shooting only 28.7 percent from long range.
  • Senior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif.) and sophomore Madison Ward (Binghamton, N.Y.) average 0.6 and 0.5 blocks per game.

Scouting the Southern N.H. Penmen:

  • Sophomore Erin Doherty leads the Penmen roster in scoring at 11.1 ppg. She has four double-doubles on the season and had a career-high 22 points Wednesday night at Saint Anselm.
  • Penmen had won eight of nine in the series dating back to the 2007-08 season before getting swept in two games last season.
  • Junior Brooke Springfield has reached double figures in seven of the last nine games, averaging 11.3 ppg over that span.
  • SNHU currently leads the Northeast-10 in blocked shots, blocking an average of 4.4 shots per game.

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