Chris Mason ’14, Featured Columnist
The Merrimack women’s basketball team doesn’t list a single senior on their roster, however their youth doesn’t lend itself to inexperience thanks to starting guard Chloe Rothman.
When asked about being one of the youngest teams in the Northeast-10 Conference, Rothman rejected the notion.
“I can see how this team can look young to outsiders,” she pointed out, “but the way I look at it, we are twelve mature players.”
The entire team is held to “the same [high] standards,” Rothman added, “and we all act that way on and off the court.”
Rothman is a calming presence when she runs the offense for the Lady Warriors, and has built up quite the resume despite being only halfway through her third season. The junior from Newton, MA has taken the floor in every game Merrimack has played since she stepped on the court freshman year. Sophomore year, one of her crossovers was so impressive that it was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays segment.
This season Rothman has been superb, leading the team with 14.4 points per game in 32.2 minutes per contest, and she’s knocked down 95 three-point field goals. Her true excellence lies in her ability to facilitate the ball though, as she is currently fourth in the entire conference with 91 assists.
However, the junior standout managed to remain humble despite her own achievements. When asked about her individual highlights of the season, she replied, “Personally, I’m not sure. I don’t really look at success like that. I look at wins and losses, and that’s a team thing. I just know it’s a blessing to be able to wake up and play what I love day in and day out. It’s a highlight just to have the chance to create highlights everyday.”
Rothman had plenty of highlights in Merrimack’s 74-69 upset of Southwest division-leading Adelphi last week. She led all scorers with 24 points, 17 of which came in the second-half. She also finished with 8 assists, which was twice as many as the next closest player, and contributed a strong defensive performance in the victory.
Through 14 Northeast-10 games this season, the Lady Warriors sit fifth in the Northeast division at (6-8), but are poised to make a run as they only trail third-place Assumption by two games. They’re currently 10-9 overall, but refuse to be content with a winning record alone.
“Our goal is for sure to make another run like we did last postseason, but this time close the tournament out the way it should be closed out. We want the championship so bad, and anything can happen at this time in the year.”
Whether or not a championship is in the cards remains to be seen, but with a selfless leader like Rothman at the helm, it’s easy to believe that anything is possible.