LOWELL, Mass. - The Keene State women's basketball program returned to competition against Division I opponent UMass Lowell, falling 74-48 to the River Hawks on Friday afternoon at Costello Athletic Center.
- Keene State: 6-5, 1-1 LEC
- UMass Lowell: 3-10, 0-0 AE
How It Happened
A second quarter push by the River Hawks extended their lead to double-digits, as the Owls were unable to overcome the deficit. First-year forward Rachel Bonnanzio led the Owls with a career-high 10 points, while senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo, junior guard Sandi Purcell, and junior guard Lydia Vital all chipped in nine points apiece. D'Annolfo also pulled down a game- and season-high 11 rebounds. Asi Mitchell-Owens poured in 16 points for the River Hawks on 3-for-7 shooting from the three-point line, as Kayla Gibbs tallied 13 points and nine rebounds.
UMass Lowell earned an early double-digit lead in the opening minutes, before a layup by Purcell put Keene State on the board. The Owls gained momentum in the final minutes of the first quarter, as Keene State went on a 8-2 run with 3:28 on the clock, ignited by a layup from Bonnanzio. Senior forward Sarah Kober netted both free throws in the final minute to bring the score to 15-10, River Hawks, at the end of one.
Two free throws from Amanda Ortiza extended UMass Lowell lead to 12 with 7:56 on the clock in the second quarter, before back-and-forth layups brought the Owls deficit to below double-digits, 26-18, River Hawks. Two baskets from beyond the arc from Mitchell-Owens and a free throw from Lauren Parra gave UMass Lowell its largest lead yet of 17 points, but Purcell added a three-pointer and D'Annolfo scored a layup with five seconds left, before the two teams went into halftime with the River Hawks leading 40-23.
The Owls would come as close as 15 in the final two quarters, but UMass Lowell shot 50% from the field during the third quarter and over 50% from the field during the fourth quarter to lift the River Hawks to victory.
In The Paint
- UMass Lowell held the advantage of 48-36 in rebounds over Keene State.
- The Owls carried a slight margin over the River Hawks in second-chance points,11-10, and earned four fast break points, while UMass Lowell had none.
- This was the first contest between the two teams.
- The Owls will return to Spaulding Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 3rd to battle Bates at 4 p.m.
- The River Hawks will travel to the University of Albany to open conference play on January 4th, 2017. The game is slated for 7 p.m.