KEENE, N.H.--A late comeback attempt by the Keene State College women's basketball team fell short in a 65-56 Little East Conference loss to UMass Dartmouth at Spaulding Gym on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 11-6, 5-2 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 14-3, 5-2 LEC
How it Happened
The Owls were led by a a game high 17 points from Lydia Vital, who was joined in double-figures by Stephanie D'Annolfo, who had 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting with six rebounds. Amanda Petrow grabbed a team high 10 rebounds.
UMass Dartmouth got a double-double off the bench from Nakira Examond; the sophomore forward scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Rybecca Gonzalez and Leah Douty both chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Keene State jumped out to an early 9-3 lead as Sandi Purcell converted a three point play and back-to-back baskets from D'Annolfo. Vital picked the pocket of Alicia Kutil and went coast-to-coast for a layup that extended the lead to 17-10. Rybecca Gonzalez' layup with 32 seconds left trimmed the lead to 20-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Corsairs scored six of the first eight points of the second quarter, closing to within 22-20 on Gonzalez' layup at the 5:50 mark, but KSC countered with five straight points, including a three pointer from Emily McPadden for a 27-20 lead with 2:49 to go. UMass Dartmouth ended the have on a 9-2 run, including a three point play from Examond that sent the teams into the break tied at 29.
Kutil's three with 7:10 on the clock in the third quarter gave the Corsairs a 36-32 lead, but the Owls tied the game on a pair of foul shots by D'Annolfo. Rybecca Gonzalez' jumper following an offensive rebound gave the Corsairs the lead on the next possession, and the Corsairs continued to surge in front, going on 46-40 on Examond's layup, and the sophomore scored again with 33 seconds left for a 49-41 lead at the end of three quarters.
KSC outscored the Corsairs 9-3 to open the second half, getting within 52-50 when Vital fed D'Annolfo for a jumper with 7:12 remaining, and Vital knocked down a long three with 4:30 left to pull the Owls to within two (55-53). Douty scored on the Corsairs' next possession, starting a 8-3 run that put the game out of reach. Kenzie Bennett made it 61-56 with 1:40 left, but the Owls missed their final three shots and the Corsairs closed out the game with another basket from Examond and two free throws by McCarron.
In the Paint
- The teams split the series for the second consecutive year, but unlike last year, both teams won on the others' home court. Keene State won in North Dartmouth on December 8.
- It was just the second time the Corsairs have ever won in Keene. KSC still leads the all-time series 28-5.
- The loss ended Keene State's five game win streak, and was the first defeat for the Owls in 2017.
- The Owls outrebounded the Corsairs 43-41, marking just the third time UMD has been outrebounded this year.
- Keene State hosts Eastern Connecticut State in a key LEC game on Wednesday, January 25, at 5:30 p.m.
- The Corsairs head to in-state rival UMass Boston on Wednesday, also set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.