The Merrimack women's basketball team returns home for a conference showdown with the second place Southern Connecticut State Owls on Saturday afternoon at 12 pm. The Warriors are coming off of an 61-53 defeat at the hands of the Le Moyne Dolphins, while the Owls are coming off of an 60-55 victory at home against Saint Michael's on Wednesday night.
The Warriors are led by Gennifer Roy who is averaging a team-high 16.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest this season. Roy is coming off of a 19 point outing against Le Moyne, shooting 6-17 from the field. Kelly Schatzlein is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. Schatzlein is coming off of her seventh double-double of the season, scoring 16 and grabbing 11 rebounds. 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.
About The Competition:
The Owls enter Saturday's contest with a 11-3 overall record after winning their last game against Saint Michael's 60-55. Southern Connecticut is led offensively by Sylvonya Moore who is averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Camille Fantini is averaging 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game so far this season. Keshia Primo is contributing with 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season while only starting two games. The Owls are averaging 14.1 steals per contest this season with Fantini leading the way with three steals per game.
The Warriors are 6-11 all-time against Southern Connecticut State. Merrimack won their only matchup with Southern Connecticut last season by the score of 65-54 on the road. Schatzlein led the way with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Last Game (Merrimack 53 - Le Moyne 61):
The Merrimack women's basketball team was defeated on Wednesday night at Le Moyne by the score of 61-53. The Warriors were unable to put together consecutive wins. The Warriors were led in scoring on the night by senior captain Gennifer Roy. Roy scored 19 points on 6-17 from the field and 6-10 from the free throw line. Roy led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season and also grabbed a season-high eight rebounds. Kelly Schatzlein got back on track with her seventh double-double of the season on Wednesday with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Freshman point guard Chloe Rothman continued her steady play for the Warriors, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Roy Continues Solid Play In Loss:
Senior guard Gennifer Roy put together another steady performance for the Warriors. Roy finished the game with 19 points on 6-17 from the field including 6-10 from the free throw line. With her performance on Wednesday Roy moved is now 7th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,242 career points. Roy is just 19 points shy of sixth place on the Merrimack womens basketball scoring charts. The senior has led the team in scoring seven times this season. Roy is averaging 16.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this year.
Schatzlein Continues To Haul In Rebounds:
Junior forward Kelly Schatzlein continued her steady play for the Warriors as she recorded another double-double in the loss. Schatzlein scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on 6-6 from the field and 4-7 from the free throw line. Schatzlein is third in the conference in rebounds with 9.9 per contest and second in blocks per contest with 1.7 a game. She is also fourth in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 55.9 percent. Schatzlein is now averaging 14.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest this season. Schatzlein has racked up a team-high seven double-doubles through thirteen games this year and has led the team in rebounding in 11 of 13 games.
Points Off Turnovers And Bench Scoring Kill Warriors:
One of the biggest problems for the Warriors team all year has been allowing their opponents to get on the offensive glass. The Warriors allowed 20 ffensive rebounds on Wednesday but still won the second chance category 15-14. The Warriors biggest problem was protecting the ball against Le Moyne, turning the ball over 29 times. The Dolphins turned the 29 turnovers into 27 points as they outscored Merrimack 27-5 in points off turnovers. Another key to the Merrimack loss was the bench scoring of Le oyne. The Dolphins outscored Merrimack 28-6 in the bench scoring category, including getting 12 points off the bench from Katie Hart. The Warriors were led by Allison Wagner off the bench, racking up six points on 2-5 from three point range.
Rothman Continues Strong Point Guard Play:
Freshman point guard Chloe Rothman continued her solid play running the team on Wednesday night as she recorded 10 points in the loss. Rothman scored double digits for the third straight game, going 4-11 from the field, 1-3 from the three point line and 1-2 from the free throw line. Rothman also chipped in grabing five defensive rebounds and dishing out four assists. Rothman has played 34 plus minutes in each of her last three games as Allison Wagner was recovering from an injury.
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.