KEENE, N.H. - Despite outscoring the Beacons 26-12 in the fourth quarter and forcing the game into overtime knotted at 62 apiece, UMass Boston used a double overtime surge to outlast the Keene State women's basketball team, 88-78, in Little East Conference (LEC) action on Saturday afternoon in Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 6-4, 1-1 LEC
- UMass Boston: 4-4, 1-1 LEC
"We played well for the last 14 minutes of the game, but in a LEC game, you can never let a team get a 20 point lead. I think we fought hard in the comeback, but we have to play well for the full 40 minutes." -- Head Coach Keith Boucher
Tale of the Tape
- Down 50-36 going into the fourth quarter, the Owls used a 14-4 run cut their deficit to two with 3:42 on the clock, before time expired with 62, forcing the game into overtime. Although Keene State lead by five in the first overtime, 70-65, off a layup from senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo, the Beacons were able to make up ground off of baskets from Raven Kelsey, to push the game into double overtime. UMass Boston pushed their lead to six with 2:08 on the clock, before a three-pointer from Katie Mathieu sealed the win to extend the gap to nine, as the Owls were unable to cut the deficit.
- Junior guard Sandi Purcell held a team-high 22 points, followed by senior forward Amanda Petrow who posted a double-double with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and added 10 rebounds.
- Kelsey led all players with 28 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, while Mathieu added 21 points for the Beacons.
- From the field, Keene State shot 28-of-78 (35.4%), while UMass Boston went 28-of-63 (44.4%) and shot 13-of-26 (50%) from beyond the arc. The Beacons held a slight advantage of 46 to 44 over the Owls in rebounds.
First and Second Quarter Highlights
- UMass Boston jumped out to a 10-3 lead with 5:55 on the clock in the first, before the Owls were able to come within two off a trey from first-year forward Kenzie Bennett, 12-10, UMass Boston.
- Purcell converted a layup for the final tally of the first, as Keene State trailed by three, 15-12.
- Two free throws from Purcell brought the Owls within one with 8:19 remaining in the second, before the Beacons went on a 7-0 run for a their largest margin yet of eight for a score of 25-17, UMass Boston.
- A layup by Petrow and a three-pointer by junior guard Lydia Vital with 3:18 left cut the Owls' deficit to three, before back-to-back threes from Taje Burston followed by baskets from each team sent it into the half 35-26, UMass Boston.
Third and Fourth Quarter Highlights
- Despite the Owls earning the first basket of the half, the Beacons went on a 15-2 run to gain a 20 point lead over Keene State with 3:01 left.
- The Owls made the final six points of the third quarter, as UMass Boston held a 50-36 advantage.
- Keene State did not go away quietly in the fourth as the Owls used a 14-4 run to cut their deficit to two with 3:42 on the clock, before the Beacons were able to halt Keene State and respond by regaining a four point lead with 2:44 left.
- Purcell banked a trey to get within one before back-and-forth baskets by each team put the Owls down one with 1:03 on the clock, 60-59, UMass Boston.
- With 28 seconds left, Petrow evened the score with a free throw at 60 each, but Kelsey made a jumpshot with 13 seconds left to put the Beacons up two. Junior guard Lydia Vital converted two free throws with nine seconds left, before time expired, forcing the two teams into overtime.
- Keene State jumped out to a six-point lead, capped off by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Emily McPadden, before UMass Boston fought back with a trey from Mathieu.
- D'Annolfo added a layup to keep the Owls with a five-point lead with 2:30 left, but Kelsey sunk a three-pointer and two free throws to tie the game at 70 each with 1:11 remaining.
- A steal by Purcell with 19 seconds on the clock gave the Owls a chance to take the lead, but Keene State's opportunity fell short, and forced it into a second overtime.
- The Beacons earned the lead at 73-72 with 3:54 on the clock off a basket from behind the arc from Grace Geary and continued to push their lead, as the Owls were unable to overcome the deficit.
- Keene State is off for the remainder of the semester, but will return at the end of the month, as the Owls will travel to UMass Lowell on December 30th for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.
- UMass Boston hosts Westfield State on Wednesday, December 14th at 5:30 p.m.