NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack Warriors women's basketball team was defeated on Wednesday night by the Saint Anselm Hawks by the score of 63-52. Gennifer Roy (Granby, Mass.) fell one point shy of becoming the fourth leading scorer in Merrimack College history.
Merrimack (4-18, 3-15 NE-10) will return to Hammel Court for their third of five straight home games on Saturday afternoon as they will take on the UMass Lowell Riverhawks at 1:30 pm.
"We did not show up to play on the defensive end of the floor in the second half," said head coach Monique LeBlanc. "It is disappointing to have this performance after a good win on Saturday. We were just not aggressive on either end of the court tonight."
Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) led all scorers once again racking up 19 points and seven rebounds in the defeat. Roy finished the game with 12 points on 6-10 from the field and dished out three assists for the Warriors.
The Warriors were outscored in the second half by the margin of 39-22, leading to the defeat.
Schatzlein opened up the scoring for the Warriors as she took a dish from Roy and made the uncontested layup from within the paint. Roy connected on a corner jumper to bring the early Merrimack deficit to one, making the score 7-6 in favor of the Hawks, with 16:30 left in the opening half.
The Warriors took their first lead of the game with 14:33 showing on the clock as Schatzlein grabbed an offensive rebound and converted on the layup, making the score 12-11.
Merrimack would take a two point advantage with 4:19 showing on the game clock as Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass.) drained a three pointer after a Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) pass, making the score 23-21 in favor of the Warriors.
The Merrimack lead would be extended to the largest of the game with 52 seconds remaining as Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) hit a corner three pointer. The half would end with the Warriors leading the Hawks by the score of 30-24.
Merrimack shot 61.9 percent from the floor and went 2-2 from the free throw line in the first half. The Hawks shot 45.5 percent and were also 2-2 from the free throw line.
The Hawks opened up the second half with a three pointer by Curran Leighton followed by a layup by Megan Howard, cutting the halftime deficit to only one point. Roy would respond quickly with a transition jumper to stop the run under a minute later for the Warriors.
Leighton connected on back-to-back three point jumpers for the hawks with 10:33 remaining in the game to give them the seven point advantage, 47-40.
Schatzlein connected on two free throws to bring the Warriors within five points with 2:38 remaining in the game but the Hawks defense down the stretch held the Warriors to 33.3 percent shooting to preserve the victory.
Saint Anselm shot 51 percent from the field for the game, giving them the 63-52 victory at Hammel Court. Merrimack shot 46.7 percent from the floor in the loss.
Rothman continued her solid play from the point guard position as she scored seven points, dished out six assists and grabbed three rebounds in the losing effort. Ganser contributed off the bench playing 22 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds for the Warriors. Lyons led all Warriors off the bench with seven points on 2-4 from the floor and 2-3 from three point range.
The Hawks received even scoring from four of their starters as Howard and Briana Jones scored a team-high 12 points in the victory. Leighton and Tori Lehr also broke double digits, scoring 10 points respectively.
Saint Anselm dominated the second chance opportunity category, outscoring the Warriors 13-2 for the game.