Women's Basketball Wins Third Consecutive Contest With 62-43 Victory Over Southern Maine

Sophomore forward Josie Amerson pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and added six points.
Sophomore forward Josie Amerson pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and added six points.

GORHAM, Maine - Four Owls scored in double figures to lead the Keene State women's basketball program to its third straight win, defeating Southern Maine, 62-43, on Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court. 

Records 

  • Keene State: 14-7, 7-3 LEC
  • Southern Maine: 3-18, 2-8 LEC 

Quotable

"We won on the road again, which is great. I thought we came out and played some very good defense in the first half, which was obvious as we only let them score 12 points. Our leaders – Steph, Sandi and Lydia – played the game they are capable of and Steph was just shy of one assist for a triple double. We've played two great first halves against two road opponents and I hope we can hold onto it for our home court. I thought it was a very good game and I hope we are ready to play at home on Wednesday." – Head Coach Keith Boucher

How It Happened 

Junior guard Sandi Purcell led the way with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, while senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo was one assist shy of a triple double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Junior guard Lydia Vital and senior forward Amanda Petrow each chipped in 10 points, as sophomore forward Josie Amerson pulled down a career- and game-high 12 rebounds with six points. 

The Huskies were paced by Katie Howe, who scored 13 points in 14 minutes off the bench, and Alex Srolovitz, who added seven points and three steals. 

The Owls surged offensively in the opening minutes, jumping out to a commanding 15-0 lead that was capped off by a trey from Purcell with 6:19 to go in the first. Southern Maine tallied their first points on the game off of two converted free throws from Chantel Eells, but Keene State scored five points from Vital and Purcell in the final 1:03 of the quarter to widen the lead to 17 points, 22-5, at the end one.

To start the second quarter, the Owls went on a 9-0 run to extend the advantage, 31-5, Keene State, before back-to-back layups from Howe gave the Huskies nine points with 4:57 to go. Keene State followed with seven unanswered points for a 38-9 margin in favor of the Owls, before Southern Maine would grab three more points and a final basket by Amerson put Keene State up 40-12 at the half.

A layup by D'Annolfo and a basket beyond the arc from freshman forward Kenzie Bennett opened up the third quarter, as the Owls kept up the strong shooting from the first half to maintain the double-digit lead. The Huskies would come as close as 19 points in the remaining minutes, but Keene State did not waiver, finishing on top at the final buzzer, 62-43.

Inside The Paint 

  • With the win, Keene State has swept the season series over Southern Maine.
  • The Owls shot a season second-best 25-for-61 (41.0%) from the field, while the Huskies connected on 18-of-59 (30.5%) from the floor.  
  • Keene State held a dominant 49-31 margin in rebounds over Southern Maine.
  • The Owls have a 8-1 record for away contests in the 2016-2017 season with one road game remaining in the regular season.  

Up Next 

  • Keene State will head home to Spaulding Gymnasium for back-to-back LEC contests, beginning with Plymouth State on Wednesday, February 8th at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Southern Maine will travel to UMass Boston on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.