MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Keene State women's basketball team used a second half surge to pulll away from Worcester State for a 68-46 win on Saturday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriot Tournament, hosted by Wesleyan. Junior guard Sandi Purcell was named to the All-Tournament team, following her efforts during the weekend. Purcell finished the weekend with 26 total points and five rebounds.
- Keene State: 4-3, 0-0 LEC
- Worcester State: 3-5, 0-0 MASCAC
Tale of the Tape
- The Owls dominated in almost every statistical category, as Keene State shot a season-high 24-of-58 (41.4%) from the field and gathered 38 rebounds. Worcester State went 17-of-46 (37.0%) from the field and collected 35 rebounds. The Owls also had an edge in the paint, earning 30 points to the Lancers' 18.
- Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo led Keene State with 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting and five rebounds, while Purcell followed with 11 points. Senior forward Amanda Petrow pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.
- For the Lancers, Kaitlyn Berkel netted a game-high 15 points with five rebounds, while Bianca Langford had five rebounds off the bench.
First and Second Quarters
- The Owls jumped out to a 5-0 lead to begin the first before a basket by Tanajia Smith put the Lancers on the board.
- Sparked by a layup from freshman forward Rachel Bonnanzio, Keene State went on a 9-0 run to earn a 12-point lead, 14-2, with 4:52 remaining in the first.
- A free throw and layup by Langford cut the Worcester State deficit to nine, but a layup by sophomore forward Josie Amerson kept the Owls lead to double-digits, and the two teams traded baskets to end the first, 18-7, Keene State.
- The second quarter began with back-and-forth baskets, capped off by a layup by D'Annolfo with 5:12 left, putting the Owls up 25-11.
- Worcester State used a 10-0 run to end the second, as Brianna Hackett hit a three-pointer with 33 seconds on the clock to bring the Lancers within four going into halftime, 25-21, Keene State.
Third and Fourth Quarters
- The Owls opened the quarter with a 13-2 run, as they regained their double-digit lead off of a layup from D'Annolfo and went up 13 points off of a layup from junior guard Lydia Vital, as Keene State held a 36-23 lead.
- A basket beyond the arc from freshman guard Hien Thach with 1:59 remaining pushed the Owls' lead to 21 points, yet the Lancers responded with a 7-0 run to end the third, 49-33, Keene State.
- Sophomore guard Emily McPadden put up a three-pointer early in the fourth, before two free throws from Vital maintained the Owls' 20-point difference with 6:06 on the clock.
- In the remaining minutes, the Owls were able to keep ahead by at least 18 points, as sophomore guard Emily Kreidler capped of the Keene State tally with four free throws.
- The two teams will meet again in the upcoming days, as Keene State returns to Spaulding Gym on Tuesday, December 6th to host Worcester State at 6 pm for a non-conference tilt.