NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Playing in her final home contest as Warrior, senior Gennifer Roy (Granby, Mass.) scored 13 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds in Merrimack's 67-57 loss to the Southern New Hampshire Penmen.
Merrimack (4-20, 3-17 NE-10) will close out its season on Tuesday night at the Franklin Pierce Ravens at 5:30 pm.
Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT) led the way for the Warriors on Saturday afternoon as she recorded her 15th double-double of the season as she racked up 17 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and also blocked three shots. Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass.) continued her solid rookie season as she scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists in the defeat.
The Penmen overcame a three point halftime deficit by scoring 40 points in the second half, shooting 51.9 percent in the half.
The Warriors opened up the first half jumping out to a 7-2 lead as Roy and Schatzlein combined for all seven points. The Penmen would respond quickly, tying the score at 11 with 12:03 to go in the first half after a Sloane Sorrell jumper.
Allison Wagner (Center Conway, NH) would drill a three point jumper on the very next possession for the Warriors igniting a 7-0 run. Sorrell would yet again answer for the Penmen making the score 20-20 with just under eight minutes to play in the first.
Roy would make a driving layup with 24 second to go in the opening half, to give the Warriors the six point lead but Michelle DeRoma would drill a three pointer with 12 seconds to go, to cut Merrimack's halftime lead to three.
Merrimack went into the locker room leading 30-27 after shooting 37.8 percent from the floor and racking up 24 points in the paint. Schatzlein led the way scoring 12 first half points and grabbing four rebounds.
The Penmen would tie the score up at 30 on the opening possession of the second half as Christine Duffy drilled a three pointer after a DeRoma assist. Roy would respond quickly giving the Warriors the lead right back with 18:49 to play in the game.
With 8:46 to play the Warriors would take their biggest lead of the second half as senior Valerie Avebe (Yaounde, Cameroon) took a Roy feed and converted on a contested layup from inside the paint, making the score 48-44.
Just over a minute later the Penmen would tie the game for the eighth time as Megan Smith made a driving layup off of a Duffy. The Penmen would take the lead at the 6:45 mark and never look back as they didn't trail the rest of the game.
The Warriors would pull within five on a Rothman layup but they eventually fell 67-57 to the Southern New Hampshire Penmen.
The Warriors were outshot by the Penmen for the game, as Southern New Hampshire shot 42.6 percent from the floor.
Wagner played only 29 minutes for the Warriors but she connected on two three pointers to give her six points. She also recorded two rebounds, two steals and one block on the afternoon. Avebe playing in her final home game scored two points, hauled in seven rebounds and dished out two assists. Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass.) contributed with three points and three assists off the bench in 20 minutes of action.
The Penmen had three players score in double figures for the game with Sorrell leading the way scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. DeRoma finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds in the victory. Duffy finished her impressive game with a game-high 14 assists and seven points.
The point in the paint category was tied at 34 for the game while the Warriors won the second chance point's category 14-8.