Women's Basketball Downs Plymouth State, 63-47, To Win Fifth Straight

Junior guard Sandi Purcell registered a game-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.
Junior guard Sandi Purcell registered a game-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Three Owls scored in double-digit figures to lead the Keene State women's basketball program to its fifth consecutive win in a 63-47 wire to wire victory over Plymouth State on Wednesday evening at Foley Gymnasium. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 11-5, 5-1 LEC 
  • Plymouth State: 4-10, 1-5 LEC

How It Happened 

Leading the Owls were the duo of junior guard Sandi Purcell and senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo, as the two each shot 6-for-12 (50.0%) from the field. Purcell notched a game-high 15 points, while D'Annolfo added 13 points and four boards. Rounding out the double-digit scoring was Emily McPadden, as the sophomore guard chipped in 11 points and five rebounds off the bench. Senior forward Amanda Petrow pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

For the Panthers, Kayla Wyland registered 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals, as DeAsia 'Ace' Lawrence added seven points, two rebounds, and three assists. 

The Owls led from start to finish, beginning with back to back layups from D'Annolfo and Purcell, before the Panthers tied it up at four apiece. Two baskets from beyond the arc from Purcell and a layup from junior guard Lydia Vital lifted Keene State to a 12-4 lead with 6:17 to go in the first, yet Plymouth State did not back down, as a jumper by Cassidy Emerson brought the Panthers within four to end the first quarter, 17-13. 

Back to back layups by the Owls opened scoring in the second stanza, but the Panthers only managed to get four points in the first four minutes of the quarter before Keene State bursted out to a 17-0 run. The offensive spark was ignited by a basket from Purcell with 5:49 remaining, as the Owls ended the half with a 38-17 advantage, as the run was capped off by a three-pointer from first-year forward Rachel Bonnanzio

Keene State would extend their lead to 30 points in the third quarter, benifitting from multiple baskets from D'Annolfo and first-year forward Kenzie Bennett, and finished with a double-digit advantage of 58-31 at the end of three. 

The Panthers limited the Owls to just five points in the final quarter, but Plymouth State would only come as close as 16 points before time expired, as Keene State was able to seal another Little East Conference win to stay atop of the table. 

Inside the Paint 

  • The Owls lead the series 34-7 against the Panthers and have won the past 15 straight contests. 
  • Keene State held an edge on the glass, 45-31, over Plymouth State and picked up a 28-20 advantage from points in the paint.  
  • The Owls shot 38.1% (24-63) from the field, while the Panthers were 29.6% (16-54) from the field in the setback

Up Next 

  • Keene State will aim to stay a perfect 6-0 in the month of January when the Owls welcome UMass Dartmouth to Spaulding Gymnasium on Saturday, January 21st at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Plymouth State will stay at home to pick up their second conference win against Rhode Island College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.