MANCHESTER, N.H. – Facing an 11-point deficit with just 3:07 to play, the Merrimack College women’s basketball team closed the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run to force overtime on Tuesday night at Southern New Hampshire, highlighted by a game-tying three-pointer with just three seconds left by sophomore Giulia Orlando (Haverhill, Mass.). In the extra session that followed, the Penmen ended the game on a 7-2 run to win by four, 68-64.
Score: SNHU 68, Merrimack 64
Records: Merrimack (3-2, 1-1 NE10) | SNHU (3-2, 3-0 NE10)
Location: SNHU Fieldhouse | Manchester, N.H.
- Freshman Mayson Kimball (Webster, N.H.) started the fourth-quarter sprint to the finish with a lay-in at the 2:55 mark. With 1:13 left, junior Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) converted a three-point play to pull Merrimack within seven, 58-52
- With the score at 58-54, the final seven seconds saw Merrimack tie the game. Junior guard Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) hit her first of two free throws, and followed by intentionally missing the second. Kimball corralled the offensive board, and kicked out to Orlando at the top of the key. The Haverhill native stepped into the straightaway triple, sinking the shot to force an extra five minutes
- Alves hit a step-back jumper at the 2:21 mark of OT to give the Navy and Gold a 62-61 lead, their first since the opening five minutes of the game. SNHU took over from there, scoring seven points over the final two minutes to prevail with the victory
- The three ball fell early and often to start the game for the Warriors. Werner drilled a triple, as did freshman Alyssa Casey (Andover, Mass.) and Kimball to keep Merrimack ahead, 9-8, at the 4:24 mark.
- The Penmen ended the first on a 6-0 run, forcing the Warriors to miss their last eight shots to build a 14-9 lead after 10 minutes
- Alves hit a three-pointer followed by a jumper from freshman Marissa Gattuso (Woburn, Mass.) to keep Merrimack within four, 18-14, with 7:27 left
- From there, the Penmen went on an 8-0 run to increase their lead up to 11. The lead grew to as many as 14, 33-19, with 2:24 left. The Warriors scored the final five points of the half, however, highlighted by a coast-to-coast lay-in for Alves as time expired to trim the deficit back to single digits
- Sophomore Emily Houle (Attleboro, Mass.) completed a four-point play to cut the Penmen’s advantage down to five, 41-36, with 4:07 remaining in the third. SNHU, however, scored seven of the final 10 points of the quarter to hold a 48-39 advantage after 30 minutes
- The hosts’ lead ranged from 7-12 points over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter before Merrimack embarked on its game-closing spurt to end regulation
Notes and Notables
- Orlando’s game-tying triple came on her first three-point attempt of the night and just her fourth field-goal attempt overall
- Alves finished with a team-leading 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She set career highs in both points and field goals, while falling one rebound shy of her first-ever double-double
- Casey extended her double-figure scoring streak to five games with a 13-point effort
- SNHU’s Kyle Lorenzen led all scorers with 23 points. Brianna Camara added a double-double with 10 points and 11 caroms
Merrimack enjoys an eight-day layoff before the Warriors play in their home opener one week from Wednesday when the Navy and Gold host Stonehill at 5:30 p.m.