PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Keene State women's basketball program used a dominate second half to earn their fourth consecutive victory, as the Owls defeated Rhode Island College, 70-44, in Little East Conference (LEC) action at the Murray Center on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 10-5, 2-2 LEC
- Rhode Island: 5-10, 2-3 LEC
"We played well in the first quarter, but in the second quarter we committed fouls and fell into foul trouble, so consequently we squandered our 16-point lead and were only up by two at half. I thought they played a great defensive game in the second half. We tried to limit them on the free-throw line and consequently, they only scored 15 points in the second half. Overall, the second half we played a really good game and the defense was the difference. Now we have to play another road game at Plymouth, so hopefully we can bottle what we did in the second half and improve." -- Head Coach Keith Boucher
How It Happened
Junior guard Lydia Vital registered a game-high 19 points, five steals, two assists and two rebounds for the Owls. Senior foward Stephanie D'Annolfo tallied her first double-double of the season, pouring in 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
For the Anchorwomen, Jessa Rubera recorded 13 points, while Alex Moore followed with 12 points and six rebounds. Jordyn Gauvin added a game-high four assists.
After outscoring Rhode Island 21-10 in the first quarter, Keene State struggled to keep up in the second, as the Anchormen connected on 4-of-7 from behind the arc and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to crawl their way back from a 16-point deficit. The two teams went into the locker room separated by just two points, 31-29, Keene State.
After back-and-forth baskets opened the scoring in the third quarter, the Owls broke out with a 8-2 run to gain a nine-point lead beginning with two converted free throws from D'Annolfo at with 6:58 remaining, before a trey from Rubera halted the Keene State effort. The Owls responded by earning the last two buckets of the quarter and by gaining a double-digit lead, 47-37, at the end of the third.
Keene State continued to push their offense and control the defense in the fourth quarter, as the Owls held Rhode Island to just seven points, while scoring 23 points off of 7-of-15 (46.7%) shooting from the floor. Keene State started the final quarter strong, tallying the first seven points, and earned its largest margin with 2:05 to go in the fourth quarter, as sophomore guard Emily McPadden's three-pointer widen the gap to 29 points.
Inside the Paint
- The Owls now hold a 23-14 advantage in the series against the Anchorwomen, including winning the las six straight meetings.
- Keene State held the edge on the glass, grabbing 43 rebounds to Rhode Island's 33 and forced the home team into 21 turnovers.
- The Owl's bench held a 28-9 margin over the Anchorwomen during the 40 minutes of play.
- Keene State will aim to continue their January winning streak, as the Owls finish a three-game road series at Plymouth State on Wednesday, January 18th at 5:30 p.m.
- Rhode Island will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.