NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack Warriors women's basketball team defeated the Saint Michael's Purple Knights by the score of 69-49 on Tuesday night at Hammel Court. The 20 point victory for the Warriors was their biggest margin of victory of the season.
Merrimack (5-19, 4-16 NE-10) will return to Hammel Court on Saturday for senior day, as the team will honor its two departing seniors, Gennifer Roy (Granby, Mass.) and Valerie Avebe (Yaounde, Cameroon).
Roy led the way for the Warriors as she scored a game-high 24 points on 9-15 from the field. Roy went 4-5 from three point range, was a perfect 2-2 from the free throw line and grabbed three boards in the victory. Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) recorded her 14th double-double of the season in the victory, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Warriors shot an amazing 53.8 percent from the floor and 69.2 percent from behind the arc in the victory, going 9-13 from deep.
The Warriors opened up the first half on a 7-2 run after Roy drained a contested three point jumper from straight away. The Purple Knights would respond to tie the score up at seven with 13:27 showing on the first half clock.
Merrimack extended their lead to six points after Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) connected on back-to-back three point shots from the same spot on the floor, after replacing Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) who picked up three early fouls.
Roy drilled a tightly contested three pointer as the shot clock expired with 11 seconds remaining in the opening half to give the Warriors their biggest lead of the first half, 13, heading into the locker room up 35-22.
The Warriors closed out the first half shooting 53.8 percent overall from the field and going 5-7 from three point range. Roy led all scorers in the first half with 10 points and Schatzlein had six points and hauled in five rebounds. Merrimack held Saint Michael's to 29.2 percent from the floor in the opening half including 1-10 from deep.
The Purple Knights would open up the second half with the first basket as Alexa Long nailed a jumper from just outside the lane, cutting the Merrimack lead to 11. Saint Michael's however would not come any closer down the stretch as the Warriors defense held the Purple Knights to 29.8 percent shooting for the game.
Schatzlein and Roy would dominate the second half for the Warriors scoring 26 out of the 34 points in the half. Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) would ice the game for the Warriors as she drilled two three pointers in the final two minutes, extending the Merrimack lead to its greatest of the game with 31 second showing on the clock. Wagner hit a circus shot with zero seconds showing on the shot clock at the 2:37 mark, giving her, her first three pointer of the game.
Merrimack's defense played well forcing 16 turnovers in the victory and holding the Purple Knights to 19.2 percent shooting from three point range.
The Warriors had three players in double figures for the game including Lyons who recorded 10 points, four assists and three rebounds off the bench for the Warriors in 16 minutes of action. Lyons went 4-6 from the floor including 2-3 from deep. Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass.) came off the bench and performed at a high level on Tuesday night scoring seven points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists in 22 minutes of action.
The Purple Knights were led by Nicole Adach who recorded 15 points and hauled in eight rebounds in the defeat. Alexa Long scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Saint Michael's as well.