Rothman Representing Team USA at Maccabiah Games
- Updated: July 15, 2012
After a standout sophomore season on the court that helped the Merrimack women’s basketball team post its best season in recent memory, rising junior Chloe Rothman has been selected to represent Merrimack College at the 19th Annual Maccabiah Games in Israel as a member of the United States women’s basketball team.
Rothman, who led Merrimack in scoring as a sophomore, earned a spot in the Games and is wrapping up training camp this week for the U.S. women’s squad. The Newton, Mass., native has been in Israel since the first week of July and has been preparing for a run at a gold medal.
With opening ceremonies slated for this Thursday, July 18, Rothman and the women’s basketball team will open competition a day later (July 19), beginning their run toward a potential spot in the gold medal game scheduled for July 28. Closing ceremonies for the Maccabiah Games will be held July 30.
To earn a spot on Team USA’s roster, Rothman competed against the best Jewish female basketball players in the country in a highly competitive two-day tryout before being selected for the team.
“I’m incredibly fortunate to have been selected to the team,” Rothman noted after being selected. “It’s nice to have my hard work on the court and in the weight room recognized through an opportunity like this one. I love the game, and any chance I get to play with new faces is exciting. I’m also honored to play for the United States and to do so in such a cultured place.”
The Maccabiah Games are held every four years in Israel and have also been referred to as the “Jewish Olympics,” hosting over 8,000 athletes from more than 60 countries. The games are the third-largest sporting event in the world.
Rothman will join a number of talented teammates on the United States roster, including Bentley All-American Lauren Battista; Jacqueline Kalin of Northern Iowa, Alyssa Brown of Penn; Sophie Bikofsky of Brown; and another NE-10 teammate in Yuri Sher of Pace.
The sharpshooting point guard led Merrimack on the court with a team-high 12.5 ppg as a sophomore, shooting an impressive 42.7 percent from the floor and an equally impressive 37.2 percent from downtown. Rothman also ranked among the conference’s best with a 78 percent conversion rate at the free throw line while dishing 124 assists and totaling 31 steals on the season, one that saw Merrimack embark on a magical postseason run that took the 10th-seeded Warriors all the way to the NE-10 Semifinals.