KEENE, N.H. - In the final game before Thanksgiving break, the Keene State women's basketball program fell 67-57 to Endicott in a highly contested rematch on Tuesday evening in Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 2-2, 0-0 LEC
- Endicott: 1-3, 0-0 CCC
Tale of the Tape
- Although Keene State shot a season-best 7-of-18 (38.9%) from the three-point line, the Owls were bested by Endicott's 26-of-55 (47.3%) shooting from the field.
- Sophomore guard Emily McPadden paced the Owls' offense with 16 points on 5-for-6 (83.3%) shooting from the field and 4-of-5 (80%) shooting from beyond the arc, while senior forward Amanda Petrow pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, followed by a career-best six rebounds from sophomore guard Paige MacNeill. Junior guard Lydia Vital tied her career-high with eight assists.
- Gabriella Coppala led the way for the Gulls with 19 points, as Hannah Kiernan chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.
First Half Highlights
- The two teams traded points in the opening minutes, as a trey by junior guard Sandi Purcell with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter put the Owls up 7-4. The Gulls then went on a 8-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Catie Lipscomb, before a layup from Vital with 3:50 left halted Endicott's push. Senior foward Sarah Kober followed with a layup, but the Gulls were able to finish the quarter up 19-12.
- Although Endicott scored the first two baskets of the quarter, the Owls fought back with a layup from Petrow, followed by a shot beyond the arc from Purcell, to cut the deficit to five. The Gulls pulled ahead by 10 points with 4:59 remaining, but a 8-0 burst from McPadden put Keene State within two, with a score slated at 27-25, before Endicott finished the half with a slight edge over Keene State, 31-28.
Second Half Highlights
- McPadden opened up the half with a three-pointer to even the score at 31 apiece, but the Gulls answered with a 12-0 run to gain their largest lead yet. Baskets by Petrow and first-year forward Rachel Bonnanzio kept the Owls within striking distance, as a McPadden three got Keene State within six with 2:56 left. The Gulls were able to hold onto their lead, despite two free throws from McPadden with 23 seconds remaining, to the end of the third with a score of 51-43, Endicott.
- A jumpshot from Hannah Shaw opened the fourth quarter, before back-and-forth baskets kept the Gulls with the advantage, 57-47. A layup from Kober after a Keene State timeout brought the Owls to within eight-points and 6:03 left on the clock, but Keene State was unable to close the gap, as Endicott finished on top, 67-57.
- After the break, Keene State will travel to RPI for a 6:00 p.m. matchup on Tuesday, November 29th.
- Endicott will welcome Curry for their first conference game on Wednesday, November 30th at 5:30 p.m.