Fourth Quarter Comeback Lifts Women's Basketball Past Southern Maine, 68-63

Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo led the Owls with 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and five steals.
Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo led the Owls with 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and five steals.

KEENE, N.H. - Led by 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals from senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo in an almost triple-double, the Keene State women's basketball program used a 27-19 advantage on 8-for-15 (53.3%) shooting from the floor in the fourth quarter to push past Southern Maine, 68-63, in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 8-5, 2-1 LEC
  • Southern Maine: 2-11, 1-2 LEC 

Quotables

"We were down on ourselves because we weren't hitting out shots. We called a timeout and we said, 'We need to score here and we need a stop.' We needed to have that mentality. Ultimately, our defense was what won the game for us. I think our defense gave them some problems and we played with a lot of energy in that." --Head Coach Keith Boucher

"I think that when my teammates see that everything is indeed okay, that they will believe it. We just needed that one person to be a spark of energy in the fourth quarter; we all have our different ways of doing it, but we needed that sense of leadership." -- Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo 

How It Happened 

Junior guard Sandi Purcell registered 19 points for the Owls, while senior forward Sarah Kober tied D'Annolfo with a game-high eight rebounds. Three Huskies posted points in double-figures, as Alexa Srolovitz tied Purcell for a game-high 19 points. Jackie Luckhardt added 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the floor and six rebounds, while Emily Nicholson followed with 15 points.

After a cold start for both teams, a jump shot from Kimberly Howrigan put Southern Maine in front, 10-7, with 5:25 on the clock, before a basket by D'Annolfo brought Keene State within one. Srolovitz quickly responded for the Huskies with a jumper with 4:49 remaining in the first, yet a three-pointer from Purcell tied it up at 12 apiece with 3:34 left. Neither team scored for the next two and a half minutes, before a steal by Sarah Kober led the way for Owls to take the lead, as D'Annolfo made a layup for the final tally of the first quarter. 

Sophomore guard Emily McPadden opened scoring in the second quarter with a layup, as Keene State went on a 6-2 run to push their lead to six, capped off by a layup from junior guard Lydia Vital with 7:11 remaining, forcing the Huskies to a timeout. Back-to-back baskets by Chantell Eells brought Southern Maine within two, before six points from Luckhardt tied the game at 24 with 3:26 to play. Both teams traded points for the remainder of the quarter, but a jump shot from Srolovitz with 14 seconds left gave the Huskies the edge over the Owls, 33-31, going into the half. 

Keene State would take back a one-point lead, 36-35, to begin the third off a layup by D'Annolfo and a trey from freshman forward Kenzie Bennett, before the Huskies scored seven consecutive points to earn the largest lead of the game with 2:40 left on the clock. A three-pointer from McPadden halted the run and brought the Owls back to within three at the end of the third, 44-41, Southern Maine. 

The Huskies scored the opening six points of the quarter to extend their gap to nine points with 7:23 remaining, before a spark off a three-point basket from Purcell ignited the Keene State offense. A basket from Bennett and back-to-back three-pointers from Vital and Purcell lifted the Owls above the Huskies for the first time since the third quarter. Nicholson converted three free throws to make it a one-point game in favor of Southern Maine, 53-52, before a layup by sophomore forward Josie Amerson at 4:41 on the clock put Keene State in front for the remainder of the game, as the Owls erupted into a 11-0 run, earning a double-digit lead with 2:53 left. The Huskies would come as close as four points, but Keene State's four three-point baskets in the fourth quarter were enough to lift them to victory. 

Inside the Paint

  • There were eight ties and 12 lead changes throughout the game.
  • Keene State finished 24-for-61 (39.3%) from the floor and 9-of-24 (37.5%) from the beyond the arc, while Southern Maine went 19-of-46 (41.3%) from the field. 
  • The Owls held a slight edge in rebounds over the Huskies, 39-31. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State will begin their three LEC road game series, when the Owls head first to Western Connecticut State on January 11th for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. 
  • Southern Maine will host Rhode Island College on January 11th at 5:30 p.m.