EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 20, 2012

Merrimack wins by 48, improves to 5-0 at home

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Chloe Rothman netted a season-high 18 points, going 6 of 9 from the floor and 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Merrimack women’s basketball won 90-42 over St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Warriors received 48 bench points, including a career-high 10 points from Cassi Amenta who also added four rebounds and four assists.

“I was really pleased with our defensive effort,” second-year head coach Monique LeBlanc said. “It’s been a big focus for us so it was nice to see the team step it up on that end of the floor. Our offense struggled at times but we were able to rely mainly on our defense.”

Merrimack (8-2 overall, 4-2 NE-10) will have just over two weeks off before returning Jan. 5 against Stonehill. Merrimack also improved to 5-0 at home.

All 12 Warriors scored at least two points. Jaclyn Lyons scored 11 points off the bench.

Senior captain Kelly Schatzlein posted a season-high 14 rebounds to go along with nine points. Allison Wagner came off the bench to record eight points, three assists and two rebounds. Madison Ward finished with eight points and a career-high five rebounds.

The Warriors forced 27 turnovers which turned into 29 points.

Merrimack has forced 19 or more turnovers in five straight games and improved to 7-0 when it forces more turnovers than its opponents.