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Merrimack falls to Providence in exhibition opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the second consecutive year, the Merrimack College women’s basketball program went up against a Division I opponent, challenging Providence College in an exhibition from Alumni Hall on the campus of the Friars on Saturday. Facing a Warriors’ starting lineup that featured a pair of freshmen, Providence pulled away from Merrimack for a 73-32 triumph.

The Basics
Score: 
Providence 73, Merrimack 32
Location: 
Alumni Hall | Providence, R.I.

The Turning Point:
The Friars caught fire from beyond the arc in the second quarter, hitting 6-of-7 from three-point land to create distance between themselves and the Warriors.

Rapid Recap

  • Sophomore Alyssa Torres (Bohemia, N.Y.) and freshman Marissa Gattuso (Woburn, Mass.) each hit their opening shots of the first quarter. Providence hit 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, however, to open a 17-5 lead after 10 minutes
  • Freshman Mayson Kimball (Webster, N.H.) and junior Karlee Alves (Ellington, Conn.) got going from distance in the second, hitting Merrimack’s first triples of the day. A 14-3 run for the hosts enabled Providence to increase its lead to 40-13 entering halftime
  • The third quarter saw Merrimack mount a quick 5-0 spurt, with Kimball feeding sophomore guard Giulia Orlando (Haverhill, Mass.) to start the stretch followed by junior Lindsay Werner (Groton, Mass.) hitting her first three of the day
  • Merrimack kept the final 10 minutes at a six-point margin, 14-8, with Providence prevailing by a 73-32 final

Notes and Notables

  • Merrimack’s Giulia Orlando enjoyed the opportunity to play against her younger sister, Olivia Orlando, who plays her first season at Providence this year
  • Casey, Kimball and Gattuso all suited up for Merrimack for the first time on Saturday. Kimball led the Warriors in scoring and rebounding with seven points and six boards
  • Five Friars scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Jovana Nogic who congributed 17 on 6-of-12 shooting

Up Next
Merrimack opens the regular season at the Georgian Court Conference Challenge one week from Saturday when the Warriors take on the host Lions at 4 p.m. from Lakewood, N.J.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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