DANBURY, CONN. - The Keene State women's basketball program extended its winning streak to three, as the Owls used a third quarter advantage to overcome a halftime deficit in a Little East Conference (LEC) victory over Western Connecticut State, 63-57, on Wednesday evening at Feldman Arena.
- Keene State: 9-5, 3-1 LEC
- Western Connecticut State: 9-4, 2-2 LEC
"We did a great job on the offensive glass. Amanda led the way; she played great in the post and rebounding the basketball. We got good contributions from our freshman Kenzie and Rachel. Sandi went to the rim well, Lydia had a great floor game and Steph was her usual self, all over the court. Great team effort, even though it was a tough place to play. We've had two great days of preparation and it doesn't get any easier, but it was a big win on the road." -- Head Coach Keith Boucher
How It Happened
Senior Amanda Petrow tallied her third double-double in five games, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulling down a career-high 17 rebounds. Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo led the Owls with 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three steals, as junior guard Sandi Purcell rounded out Keene State scoring in double-digits with 14 points.
For the Colonials, Emily Dobson scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor and tallied seven rebounds with three steals. Tashai Price chipped in 11 points, while Alyssa Eannotti collected seven rebounds.
Keene State jumped out to an early 11-4 lead with 4:42 on the clock off a three-pointer from Purcell. Western Connecticut State knocked down four straight free throws to cut their deficit to three, but baskets by D'Annolfo and sophomore guard Emily McPadden kept the Owls up, 15-11, at the end of one.
The Colonials scored the first seven points of the second quarter and gained a cushion of six points with 4:57 left, off a basket from Kaitlyn Labonte. A jumper from junior guard Lydia Vital brought the Owls within three, but Western Connecticut State maintained a 28-24 lead.
Despite being down four points at halftime, the Owls took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Colonials 23-11. After back-and-forth baskets to began the third quarter with the Colonials holding the edge at 32-28, Keene State responded with six straight points, off of the hands of freshman forward Kenzie Bennett and a made free throw from Purcell, to gain the lead for the first time since the middle of the second quarter. With 5:21 remaining, Labonte made a trey to switch the lead in favor of the Colonials, 35-34, before D'Annolfo made a jump shot to bring Keene State in front. Price coverted two free throws for a one-point Western Connecticut State lead with 4:16 left on the clock, but Purcell's layup with 3:55 to go ignited an Owls 11-4 run to close out the third quarter, resulting in a 47-39 Keene State advantage.
The Colonials would come as close as four with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter, but Keene State was able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State shot 37% in the second half, connecting on 15-for-40 shooting from the field.
- The Owls held a 53-36 advantage in rebounds against the Colonials. Keene State's 53 rebounds was the third-highest of the season.
- The Owls have now won the past three meetings against Western Connecticut State.
- Keene State will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday, January 14th for a LEC matchup at 1:00 p.m.
- The Colonials will welcome Plymouth State on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.