BOSTON, Mass. - Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo registered her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, as the Keene State women's basketball program led from start to finish in a critical Little East Conference (LEC) victory against UMass Boston, 66-55, on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 12-7, 6-3 LEC
- UMass Boston: 8-11, 4-5 LEC
How It Happened
D'Annolfo also added a game-high five assists with two steals, as junior guard Sandi Purcell, junior guard Lydia Vital, and sophomore guard Emily McPadden chipped in 11 points apiece. Senior forward Amanda Petrow tallied 11 rebounds.
UMass Boston was paced by Taje Burston's 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, while Raven Kelsey added in 10 points and six rebounds. Katrina Edwards rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Beacons with 10 points.
The Owls opened the first quarter with a 9-4 lead off a basket from beyond the arc from Purcell, but the Beacons responded with a three pointer from Mathieu to make it a two-point game. Keene State earned its largest lead of the quarter when D'Annolfo fed a ball to McPadden for a trey to make it 15-7 with 2:08 on the clock. UMass Boston would come as close as three to end the quarter, but Josie Amerson made the final tally in the final seconds of the first to make it 19-14, Keene State.
Back to back three-pointers from Vital ignitied a 10-0 run for the Owls for a 15-point lead early in the second quarter with 7:50 remaining, capped off with a layup from freshman forward Rachel Bonnanzio. The Beacons answered with five straight points, but three final free throws by Purcell and Amerson sealed a 12-point advanatage for Keene State going into the half up 32-20.
UMass Boston went on a 11-4 run to start the third quarter, cutting the Beacons' deficit to five after Raven Kelsey converted two free throws for a score of 36-31, Keene State, with 4:37 on the clock. The Owls fought back for their double-digit lead with nine free throws in the final five minutes for a 45-34 tally. UMass Boston closed out the quarter with two free throws from Alecia Quinones, before Emily McPadden buried a triple with four seconds to go in the third quarter to maintain the Owls' double digit lead going into the fourth quarter, 48-36.
Despite Keene State's 14-point lead off a three-pointer from Purcell with 7:53 remaining in the final stanza, UMass Boston used a 12-0 run in four minutes to make it a two point game, 54-52, before a layup from Petrow halted the Beacons' comeback with 3:52 left. The Owls scored the next four points with baskets from D'Annolfo and McPadden to earn a 60-54 lead with 2:23 on the clock. Keene State sealed the win by converting six free throws to UMass Bostons' one for a 66-55 victory.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State improved to 30-7 all-time against UMass Boston, with the Owls winning the past three of five contests.
- The Owls held a demanding 39-28 edge over the Beacons on the glass, while turning 23 of UMass Bostons' turnovers into 25 points.
- D'Annolfo has scored in double-digits in seven consecutive contests and earned her second-straight double-double.
- Keene State will travel to NESCAC opponent Middlebury on Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30 p.m. for the Owls' final non-conference matchup of the 2016-2017 season.
- UMass Boston will host Bowdoin on Tuesday at 7 p.m.