Strong Third Quarter Lifts Women's Basketball To Victory Over UMass Dartmouth In Conference Opener

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.

DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Keene State women's basketball team used four consecutive three-pointers to outscore UMass Dartmouth 21-12 in the third quarter en route to a 67-54 win on Thursday evening at the Tripp Center in the Little East Conference opener for both teams. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 6-3, 1-0 LEC
  • UMass Dartmouth: 6-1, 0-1

Quotables

"I thought it was a great team win tonight. I thought the kids were very well prepared. It's the best win we have had all year, plus its an LEC win. Sandi probably had the best game of her career all-around, while Lydia was a great floor leader. Emily had some bigs shots, I thought our forwards did great defensively, and Josie did all the things that don't show up on the stat sheet. I was proud of them tonight and I thought they did a great job. It was a total team win." -- Head Coach Keith Boucher

Tale of the Tape 

  • Junior guard Sandi Purcell tied her career-high 26 points on 5-for-12 shooting from the three-point line and added four rebounds. Junior guard Lydia Vital also tied her career-high with 19 points and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe, while senior guard Amanda Petrow grabbed a team-high six rebounds. 
  • Alicia Kutil earned a team-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Corsairs, while Leah Douty pulled down a game-high nine boards. 
  • Sophomore guard Emily McPadden and Purcell combined for nine of the Owls' 12 three-pointers, as Keene State finished on 20-of-60 (33.3%) shooting from the field and 12-of-34 (35.3%) shooting from long distance, while UMass Dartmouth went 18-of-56 (32.1%) from the field and 3-of-14 (21.4%) from beyond the arc. 

First and Second Quarter Highlights 

  • The Corsairs tallied two layups from Kutil to open up scoring, before Purcell hit back-to-back threes to put Keene State on the board and on top, 6-4, with 5:51 on the clock. 
  • UMass Darmouth was able to tie it up, but Purcell tallied her third consecutive three-pointer, as all of Keene State's nine points in the first stanza came from the hands of Purcell, before the Corsairs rounded out the first with the lead 11-9. 
  • UMass Dartmouth jumped out ahead by five points to start the second, but the Owls responded with a trey from McPadden and a layup by Petrow, as each team had 17 apiece with 3:40 left.
  • The two teams finished out the second quarter almost evenly, as UMass Dartmouth held a one-point advantage going into the half, 23-22, over Keene State. 

Third and Fourth Quarter Highlights 

  • The third quarter opened with back-and-forth play, before the Corsairs extended their lead to five, 29-24, off of a layup from Kailyn Milligan with 6:07 remaining. 
  • Keene State responded with a 13-0 run, as the Owls netted four straight shots from beyond the arc from McPadden and Vital in just over two minutes, to give Keene State an eight-point lead with 1:43 remaining in the third.
  • The Corsairs would cut its deficit to six, but the Owls maintained control in the closing minutes of the third, going into the final quarter up 43-35, Keene State.
  • UMass Dartmouth made it a two-point game in the fourth with 7:07 left off of back-to-back threes from Kutil, but Josie Amerson finished a layup to halt the Corsairs and keep the Owls with the advantage. Purcell and Vital combined to convert 11 free throws in the final three minutes of the game, leading the Owls to a 67-54 win. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State will return to Spaulding Gym on Saturday, December 10th, as the Owls host UMass Boston, while UMass Dartmouth will travel to Plymouth State on Saturday. Both games will begin at 1 p.m.