The Merrimack College women's basketball team started its season with a trip on the road to take on the University of Vermont. The Warriors were led by sophomore Teneisia Brown who had 13 points with seven rebounds and junior, Kaylee Thomas, who shot 3-4 from beyond the arch while achieving 10 total points
It was a tough night for the Warriors shooting from the field as they had a 34.9% field goal percentage and a 26.7% three-point shooting percentage. On the flip side Merrimack had a strong performance from their bench outscoring UVM 33-25.
Score: Merrimack 57, Vermont 87
Records: Merrimack (0-1, 0-0 NEC) | Vermont (2-0)
Location: Burlington, V.T. | Patrick Gymnasium
The Warriors started the game off shaking off the off-season rust, missing their first three shots of the game, but then newcomer, Carla Balague, hit a layup to score the first points of the season for Merrimack. After Balague's bucket, the first subs of the night came in and the Warriors went on a run. Brown hit two free throws, which then led to a Thomas steal and three ball to bring Merrimack within ten.
In the second quarter, Merrimack saw graduate student, Mayson Kimball, show off some of the skill we have become accustomed to as she hit two straight free throws to help the Warriors in the game. The biggest shot of the night came as time expired in the half, as Thomas received a perfect pass from classmate, Jayme DeCesare, and nailed the three to go into the locker room.
The second half did not go Merrimack's way though as the Catamounts held the Warriors in check. In the third quarter the Warriors shot 35.7% field goal percentage, while shooting a slightly improved 38.1% in the fourth quarter.
The second half also brought some positives for the Warriors as they got to the line a good amount as they shot a total of eight free throws, while making four of them. On the defensive side Merrimack only allowed the Catamounts to get to the line two times in the entire second half.
Merrimack finished the game strong on the glass as the Warriors trailed in rebounds all game, but then brought in back in the final frame by out-rebounding Vermont 13-10.