Hot Shooting Merrimack Topples Stonehill, 74-58

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack Warriors women's basketball team defeated the Stonehill Skyhawks at Hammel Court on Saturday afternoon by the score of 74-58. Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) controlled the tempo for the Warriors recording her 12th double-double of the season, racking up 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Merrimack (4-17, 3-14 NE-10) will return to Hammel Court on Wednesday for a conference contest against Saint Anselm at 5:30 pm.

Schatzlein led all scorers on the afternoon with 25 points on 11-13 from the floor and also grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory. Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) also put together a solid game scoring 12 points on 4-7 from the field.

The Warriors scored 39 second half points to propel them to victory on Saturday afternoon in front of 200 fans at Hammel Court. Merrimack shot an outstanding 57.8 percent from the field in the 74-58 victory.

Schatzlein opened up the scoring for the Warriors under a minute into the game as she took a Valerie Avebe (Yaounde, Cameroon) pass and converted on a layup. The Skyhawks would respond quickly with a run, giving them the 13-6 advantage with 16:02 to play in the first half.

The Warriors would counter with an 8-2 run of their own as Schatzlein scored six points during the run, all inside the paint. Wagner also drained two free throws during the run, making the score 15-14 in favor of the Skyhawks. 

Merrimack took its first lead with 11:02 remaining in the first half as Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) drove to the hole and scored on a layup to give the Warriors the 20-18 advantage.

Merrimack finished the first half shooting 50 percent from the field, taking the 35-33 lead into the locker room. Schatzlein had 16 of her 25 points in the first half of action.

Merrimack took the lead with 17:18 remaining in the game and never looked back, after Avebe sank two free throw attempts making the score 37-35.

The Warriors extended their lead to 16 points midway through the second half as Rothman connected on a three pointer from the left corner after a Schatzlein pass.

Merrimack played good defense down the stretch limiting Stonehill to 24.2 percent shooting in the second half. The Warriors defense led them to the 74-58 victory over the Skyhawks.

Three Warriors scored in double figures for the game including Schatzlein, Wagner and Rothman. Rothman finished the game with 11 points, six assists and three rebounds in the victory. Cassi Amenta (Lynn, Mass.) played solid defensively grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds and adding four points.

The Skyhawks received solid play from their leading scorer in the loss as Mary Louise Dixon scored 17 points on 6-12 from the field and dished out four assists. Priscilla Dodoo scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

Merrimack shot 57.8 percent from the field in the game and held the Skyhawks to 36.1 percent. The Warriors dominated the paint in the victory outscoring Stonehill 40-28.