KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State women's basketball program pushed its consecutive win streak to eight, as the Owls defeated Southern Maine, 71-46, on Tuesday evening at Spaulding Gymnasium in the Little East Conference (LEC) tournament quarterfinals.
- No. 2 Keene State: 19-7, 11-3 LEC
- No. 7 Southern Maine: 5-21, 4-10 LEC
"I think we are at the point where winning feels so good that if there is a loss, it's going to hurt a lot. We are just focusing on our next opponent. Being a senior, this is it. If there is going to be a loss, I want to be able to say that I finished my season going all out. I know that I have a certain roles on this team, as I need to be a leader and get certain jobs done." -- Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo
"For the eight consecutive victories, it comes from the day to day work. You either get better, or you take steps back. Hopefully in these last eight games we have improved and it helps when Lydia, Sandi, and Steph can play defense the way they do. Overall, I'm hoping that with our two seniors, people appreciate what Amanda and Steph have brought to this program." -- Head Coach Keith Boucher
How It Happened
Stephanie D'Annolfo produced an all-around performance, as the senior forward tallied her sixth double double with a season-high 19 points, going 8-for-11 from the field, and pulled down 10 rebounds, while chipping in five assists, five blocks and three steals. Senior forward Amanda Petrow added 12 points on a perfect 6-for-6 from the field for her second consecutive game, as freshman forward Kenzie Bennett grabbed a career-high six rebounds.
Miranda Nicely led the Huskies with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Jackie Luckhardt followed with eight points and five rebounds.
Southern Maine jumped out to a 11-4 lead off a trey from Kayla Stacy with 4:54 remaining in the first, before junior guard Sandi Purcell responded with a basket beyond the arc, dished out by D'Annolfo, as Chantel Eels extended the Huskies lead up to five, 12-7. The Owls fired back offensively, as Keene State closed out the quarter on a 13-0 run to grab a 20-12 lead.
The Owls scored the first seven points of the second quarter for a 27-12 advantage, capped off by a trey from sophomore guard Emily McPadden, with 7:37 remaining. The two teams traded baskets before Katie Howe made a three-pointer to cut the Huskies' deficit to 11 points. The Owls pushed their lead back to 16 points, as junior guard Lydia Vital converted a three-pointer with 1:01 on the clock, as the two teams went into the locker room with a score of 36-22, Keene State.
Back and forth baskets opened the third quarter, as Amanda Petrow pushed the Owls' lead to 20 points with a layup and 3:50 remaining, but the Huskies ended the quarter with a 8-0 run to make it 50-38, Keene State, heading into the final stanza.
The Owls held a 62-43 advantage after a three-point play from D'Annolfo with 4:09 remaining in the fourth, as Keene State scored 12 unanswered points to go up 28 points and close out the contest.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State scored a dominant 44 of their 71 points in the paint and held a 47-28 edge on the glass.
- The Owls shot a season high 49.2% (30-61) from the field, while the Huskies shot 28.8% (17-59).
- The No. 2 seeded Keene State will enter their third consecutive LEC semifinal contest, taking on No. 3 seeded UMass Dartmouth. The two teams split during the regular season, as both teams won on the road. Eastern Connecticut and Western Connecticut will meet in the other semifinal matchup.
- Keene State will advance to the LEC tournament semifinal game against UMass Dartmouth at Eastern Connecticut State's Geissler Gym on Saturday, February 25th, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
- Southern Maine's 2016-2017 season comes to a close.