MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - After nine ties and 12 lead changes, the Keene State women's basketball program fell in a back-and-forth game to Skidmore, 53-51, in the final two minutes of the opening contest of the Courtyard Marriot Tournament, hosted by Wesleyan on Friday night.
- Keene State: 3-3, 0-0 LEC
- Skidmore: 3-3, 0-0 LL
Tale of the Tape
- In Keene State's closest game yet during the 2016-2017 campaign, neither team led by more than six points at any given time, as the Owls and the Thoroughbreds held a 0.1% shooting difference from the field, as Keene State shot 18-of-55 (32.7%) and Skidmore went 19-of-58 (32.8%). The two teams were almost even on the glass, as the Owls pulled down 41 boards to the Thoroughbreds 39.
- For the Owls, junior guard Sandi Purcell netted a team-high 15 points, while senior forward Amanda Petrow collected a team-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Lydia Vital chipped in nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.
- For the Thoroughbreds, Kelly Donnelly poured in 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Ari Fustini tossed in eight points and four assists.
First and Second Quarter Highlights
- Skidmore opened up scoring with a layup from Flanagan, but back-and-forth baskets tied it up at 7 apiece with 7:04 remaining.
- Neither team could gain a lead in the next two minutes, as the score was tied up twice more at 10 and 12 each, but the Thoroughbreds were able to gain their largest lead of the quarter off of a trey from Donnelly to put the score at 18-14.
- The Owls responded with a 7-0 run to close out the quarter on top, 22-18.
- Skidmore was able to tie it up at 23 each with 7:16 on the clock off of two free throws from Donnelly to open the second. A layup from Fustini and two free throws by Haley English gave the Thoroughbreds a three point lead, 28-25, before a jump shot and two free throws from Vital switched the lead again, in favor of Keene State.
- After a series of turnovers from both teams, Skidmore earned the ball in the final seconds of the quarter, as Donnelly put away a layup to gain a one-point lead, 30-29, going into halftime.
Third and Fourth Quarter Highlights
- Skidmore opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to gain the largest lead yet for either team, before Purcell knocked down seven points in a little over a minute to pull back the lead for Keene State, 36-35, with 4:23 remaining.
- The two teams traded baskets before a shot beyond the arc from English and a layup by Donnelly gave the Thoroughbreds a four-point edge, but three baskets at the charity stripe for Purcell and senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo ended the quarter with Keene State down by only one, 43-42, Skidmore.
- Efforts from both sides tied up the game at 49 apiece with 4:36 remaining. Two shots from the free throw line by D'Annolfo put the Owls in front by two, yet Donnelly answered with a layup to tie up the score at 51.
- Despite a Keene State timeout with 2:16 on the clock, Donnelly finished a layup with 1:49 remaining for the final tally of the game, as the Owls' efforts in the remaining minutes were not enough.
- Keene State will look to bounce back in the consolation game tomorrow slated for 1:00 pm against Worcester State, while Skidmore will take on host Wesleyan in the championship game at 3:00 pm.