The Merrimack women's basketball team takes to the road for a Wednesday contest with the Le Moyne Dolphins at 5:30 pm. The Warriors are coming off of an 91-78 victory at New Haven on Saturday afternoon behind Gennifer Roy's record setting game. The Le Moyne Dolpins are coming off of 73-48 loss at the hands of the Franklin Pierce Ravens.
The Warriors are led by Gennifer Roy who is averaging a team-high 16.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest this season. Roy is coming off of a career-high 36 points on 12-17 from the field in the victory over New Haven. Kelly Schatzlein is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. The freshman guard duo of Chloe Rothman and Allison Wagner have performed well so far with Rothman averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 assists and Wagner averaging 6.2 points. Rothman is coming off of her first career double-double in Saturday's victory at New Haven, scoring 18 points and dishing out 10 assists.
About The Competition:
The Dolphins enter Wednesday's contest with a 2-10 overall record after losing their last contest to Franklin Pierce 73-48. Le Moyne is led offensively by Katie Hart who is averaging 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Emily Bayly is averaging 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game so far this season. Emma Cronk is contributing with 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season while only starting eight games. The Dolphins are shooting an amazing 73.1 percent from the free throw line on the season, with Bayly leading the way at 93.1 percent.
The Warriors are 15-11 all-time against Le Moyne. Merrimack won their only matchup with Le Moyne last season by the score of 68-61 at home in front of 200 fans. Genn Roy led the way in the game for the Warriors with 15 points on 5-8 from the field and 3-5 from deep.
Last Game (Merrimack 91 - New Haven 78):
The Merrimack women's basketball team defeated the New Haven Chargers on Saturday afternoon by the score of 91-78, marking the most points scored for Merrimack in over five years. The Warriors were led by Gennifer Roy who finished the game with a career-high 36 points in the victory. Chloe Rothman put together another solid game as she recorded her first career double-double as she scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists for the Warriors. Kelly Schatzlein got back on track offensively scoring 16 points in the win while grabbing five rebounds.
Roy Ties School Record In Win Over New Haven:
Senior guard Gennifer Roy put together her most successful game in a Warrior jersey on Saturday as she tied a school record for most points scored in a single game. Roy finished the game with 36 points on 12-17 from the field including 3-3 from deep and 9-10 from the free throw line. With her performance on Saturday Roy moved is now 8th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,223 career points. Roy is just 17 points shy of seventh place on the Merrimack womens basketball scoring charts. The senior has led the team in scoring six times this season. Roy is averaging 16.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this year.
Schatzlein Continues To Haul In Rebounds:
Junior forward Kelly Schatzlein continued her steady play as she hauled in five rebounds and added 16 points on the offensive side of the ball in the Warriors victory Saturday. Schatzlein is third in the conference in rebounds with 9.8 per contest and second in blocks per contest with 1.7 a game. She is also eighth in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 54.0 percent. Schatzlein is now averaging 14.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest this season. Schatzlein has racked up a team-high six double-doubles through twelve games this year and has led the team in rebounding in 10 of 12 games.
Points Off Turnovers And Second Chance Points Keys To Win:
One of the biggest problems for the Warriors team all year has been allowing their opponents to get on the offensive glass. Although the Chargers grabbed more offensive rebounds then te Warriors, Merrimack was able to win the second chance point category 19-12 for the game. The Warriors grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and converted on nearly every one of their second chance opportunities. The Warriors also caused New Haven to commit 19 turnovers on the day which turned into 26 points for Merrimack. Merrimack outscored the Chargers 26-19 in points off of turnovers. Merrimack was also able to score more points in the paint for the game as they had the advantage at 36-30 for the afternoon.
Rothman's First Career Double-Double Propels Warriors:
Freshman point guard Cloe Rothman put together her best day as a collegiate player on Saturday afternoon, ironically it was hidden because of Gennifer Roy's 36 point day. Rothman finished the game with her first career double-double. She racked up 18 points on 4-7 from the field including 2-5 from deep and 8-12 from the free throw line. Rothman als chipped in with a career-high 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block. For the season Rothman is averaging 9.6 points, 4.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per contest. She is also shooting 49 percent from the fieldwhich is good for second on the team behind Kelly Schatzlein.
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.