Women's Basketball Clinches Victory Over Endicott; Vital Earns Spot On All-Tournament Team

Junior guard Sandi Purcell registered a game-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.
Junior guard Sandi Purcell registered a game-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The Keene State women's basketball program defeated Endicott, 72-60, on Saturday afternoon at the two-day Skidmore Invitational at Williamson Sports Center, on the campus of Skidmore College. 

For her stellar efforts during the weekend, guard Lydia Vital earned All-Tournament honors. The junior started both games and racked up a total of 32 points, four assists and six rebounds over 62 minutes. During the two-game tournament, Vital went 8-for-16 (50%) from the field and 4-for-6 (66.7%) from the three-point line, while shooting 12-for-13 (92.3%) from the free throw line. Other members of the All-Tournament team included Hannah Shaw from Endicott, Migle Vilunaite and Kelly Donnelly from Skidmore, and Josie Lee from Tufts. Lauren Dillion from Tufts garnered the Most Outstanding Player award.

Records 

  • Keene State: 2-1, 0-0 LEC 
  • Endicott: 0-3, 0-0 CCC

Tale of the Tape 

  • Although Endicott produced a strong third quarter, Keene State was able to outshoot the Gulls throughout the first, second and fourth quarters. Each team went 23-for-60 (38.3%) from the field, but the Owls went 9-for-25 (36.0%) from beyond the arc and 17-for-21 (81.0%) from the charity stripe to lift them to victory. 
  • Junior guard Sandi Purcell netted a game-high 24 points, adding in one assist and two steals. Vital was also dominate for the Owls, as she poured in 19 points, re-setting her career-high from the previous day, while tallying four rebounds, three assists and shooting a perfect 9-for-9 (100%) on free throws. Senior forward Amanda Petrow was strong on the glass with seven rebounds. 
  • For the Gulls, Hannah Shaw led with 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, followed by Hannah Kiernan with 12 points. 

First Half Highlights 

  • The Gulls took an early lead before two free throws from Vital put the Owls on the board. The two teams traded points until the final three minutes of the quarter, when two free-throws from Purcell and basket beyond the arc from Emily McPadden with 10 seconds to go stretched the Owls' lead to 19-13 at the end of one. 
  • Keene State continued to be strong throughout the second quarter, gaining their largest gap yet of 11 points with 4:07 remaining off of a Purcell three-pointer. Endicott responded with a three-pointer from Ilyza Holman, but the Owls were able to keep control of the score with baskets from Rachel Bonnanzio, Josie Amerson and McPadden going into halftime up 35-26 over the Gulls. 

Second Half Highlights 

  • The third quarter saw a stronger Endicott side, ignited by a 7-2 run to start, as the Gulls outshot the Owls and finished the third just one-point behind Keene State, 51-50, capped off by a last second jumper by Shaw. 
  • The beginning of the fourth once again saw a close contest, as two minutes without points from either team followed after  quick layup from Purcell started the quarter. After a Keene State timeout with 7:07 remaining, Caitie Lipscomb made a layup, keeping the the Gulls within one. Purcell answered with a layup and the Owls did not look back, continuing to widen the lead with baskets from Vital and multiple free throws in the final minutes. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State returns to Spaulding Gym to host Endicott for a second matchup against the Gulls before the Owls break for Thanksgiving. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m.