The Merrimack women's basketball team hits the road once again for their seventh road game of the young season on Saturday as they are set to take on the New Haven Chargers at 1:30 pm. The Warriors are coming off of an 63-70 loss at the hands of the Adelphi Panthers and New Haven is coming off of a loss at Stonehill, 67-87.
The Warriors are led by Gennifer Roy who is averaging a team-high 15.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest this season. Roy is coming off of a 17 point, four rebound and three assists night in Tuesday's loss to Adelphi. Kelly Schatzlein is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Schatzlein is coming off of an eight point and seven rebound effort in her last game.The freshman guard duo of Chloe Rothman and Allison Wagner have performed well so far with Rothman averaging 8.8 points and 4.8 assists and Wagner averaging 6.2 points. Jaclyn Lyons is averaging a team-high 6.9 points a game off the bench.
About The Competition:
The Chargers enter Saturday's contest with a 2-10 overall record after losing their last contest to Stonehill 67-87. New Haven is led offensively by Anh-Dao Tran who is averaging 15.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Bria Moore is averaging 12.6 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game so far this season. Ayana Duncanson is contributing with 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season while only playing in ten contests. The Chargers are averaging an amazing six three pointers per game this season while holding their opponents to only five a game and 31 percent shooting.
The Warriors are 6-4 all-time against New Haven. Merrimack won their only matchup with New Haven last season by the score of 80-79 at home in front of 200 plus fans. Genn Roy led the way in the game for the Warriors with 19 points on 7-14 from the field.
Last game (Merrimack 63 - Adelphi 70):
The Merrimack women's basketball team was downed on Tuesday night by the score of 63-70 by the Adelphi Panthers. Merrimack fell behind 18-3 early on in the contest and could never dig themselves out of the deficit. The Warriors were led offensively by Chloe Rothman as she racked up a career-high 22 points, six assists and four rebounds. Gennifer Roy continued her steady play as she racked up 17 points, four rebounds and three assists in the defeat. The Warriors were outscored in second chance points 22-8 for the game, leading to the loss.
1,187 and counting:
Senior guard Gennifer Roy put together another solid night on Hammel court on Tuesday as she racked up 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. Roy finished the game 7-16 from the floor and 1-2 from the free throw line. With her performance on Tuesday against Adelphi, Roy moved is now 9th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,187 career points. Roy is just 9 points shy of eighth place on the Merrimack womens basketball scoring charts. The senior has led the team in scoring five times this season. Roy is averaging 15.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this year.
Schatzlein continues to haul in rebounds:
Junior forward Kelly Schatzlein continued her steady play as she hauled in six rebounds and added eight points on the offensive side of the ball in the Warriors loss. Schatzlein is third in the conference in rebounds with 10.3 per contest and blocks per contest with 1.9 a game. She is also seventh in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 53.0 percent. Schatzlein is now averaging a double-double with 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. Schatzlein has racked up a team-high six double-doubles through eleven games this year and has led the team in rebounding in 10 of 11 games.
Second chance points and offensive rebounding key in loss:
One of the biggest problems for the Warriors team all year has been allowing their opponents to get on the offensive glass. This doomed the Warriors on Tuesday night against Adelphi as they allowed the Panthers to haul in 22 offensive rebounds on the night compared to just 11 for the Warriors. The Panthers turned the 22 offensive boards into 22 second chance points on the night to doom the Warriors. Merrimack was only able to come up with eight second chance points, one of the keys to any victory to a team.
Career-high 22 points from rothman not enough in loss:
The Warriors had six players score at least three points in the game against Adelphi on Tuesday but noone had a better game then Chloe Rothman, who recorded a career-high 22 points. Rothman went 8-18 from the field, 2-7 from deep and 4-6 from the free throw line in the defeat. Rothman also played well defensively recording four rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Rothman racked up a team-high six assists as she set up wide open teammates for buckets.
Merrimack's New Head Coach Monique LeBlanc:
Monique LeBlanc is enterng her first season as head coach of the Merrimack Warriors. LeBlanc brings over seven years of division I coaching experience to North Andover. LeBlanc spent the last three seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northern Arizona University. LeBlanc also served as the teams academic mentor, Northern Arizona had a team GPA of 3.4 in 2010, which ranked 13th among all division I women's basketball programs. LeBlanc also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater Bucknell where her team captured the Patriot league title in 2007 and 2008 and earned a NCAA Tournament Berth in 2008. LeBlanc was a two-time team captain.