NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack women’s basketball team picked up the 64-53 victory over the Saint Anselm Hawks on opening night at Bert Hammel Court behind Kelly Schatzlein’s first double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Merrimack (4-1, 2-1 NE-10) will hit the road for their next conference matchup Saturday as they will take on UMass Lowell at 2 p.m.
The Warriors were led offensively by Schatzlein who scored 12 points and grabbed nine boards in the second half. Fellow senior Jaclyn Lyons finished off her impressive night with 13 points on 4 for 7 from the floor and 3 for 6 from 3-point range.
Chloe Rothman continued her strong play as she finished with 10 points, five assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes of action for the Warriors.
Freshman Ashley Weissmann ( gave the Warriors a spark off the bench as she finished with nine points, three rebounds and an assist.
The turning point in the game came in the second half with 9:15 remaining in the game as the Warriors took a 20 second timeout after Allie Jones gave the visitors a five point lead on a layup.
The Warriors came out of the timeout and received a 3-pointer from Lyons to cut the deficit to two and the Warriors never looked back.
The Warriors outscored the Hawks 24-8 in the final 9:15 of the game to pick up their fourth win of the season, nearly matching last season’s five wins.
For the game, Merrimack shot 43.4 percent from the floor while the Hawks were held to shooting 40.4 percent.
Merrimack also held the Hawks to 20 percent from three point range while they recorded six three pointers in the game.
The Hawks (3-2, 0-2) were led on the night by Allie Jones who finished with a team-high 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in the defeat.
Former Pentucket star Ashley Viselli added six points.