Women's Basketball Falls To Rochester In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

Senior guard Stephanie D'Annolfo finished with her eighth double double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds, which tied her career-high.
Senior guard Stephanie D'Annolfo finished with her eighth double double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds, which tied her career-high.

GENESEO, N.Y. - The Keene State women's basketball program fell to the University of Rochester, 67-55, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday evening in Schrader Gymnasium on the campus of SUNY Geneseo.  

Records 

  • Keene State: 21-7 
  • Rochester: 18-8 

How It Happened 

Junior guard Sandi Purcell led the Owls with 21 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals, while senior guard Stephanie D'Annolfo tallied her eighth double double of the season with 14 points and 16 rebounds, which tied her career-high. D'Annolfo also chipped in four assists and three blocks, as senior forward Amanda Petrow added six points and 11 rebounds. 

Alexandra Leslie scored 16 points with six rebounds for the Yellowjackets, as Lauren Deming followed with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks. 

The Owls jumped out to a 5-0 lead with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter off of a trey from Purcell and a quick basket by Petrow, before Rochester responded to take a 10-5 lead after Leslie converted a three-point play with 3:06 on the clock. With 1:36 remaining, Vital grabbed a defensive rebound and sprinted down the court, sending the ball to the left wing as McPadden sunk a trey to tie it up at 10, before time expired with the Yellowjackets on top, 13-10. 

Keene State notched the first basket of the quarter off a driving layup from D'Annolfo to make it a one-point game, as Rochester converted two free throws for a 15-12 edge. D'Annolfo added one more basket for the Owls, before the Yellowjackets scored six unanswered points to gain a 21-14 lead with 5:06 on the clock. Keene State fired back with two free throws to cut the deficit to five, before Purcell sank a basket beyond the arc to bring the Owls within two for a score 21-19 with 3:28 left in the second. Rochester extended their lead to six, before Keene State scored back-to-back layups to make it 25-23. The Yellowjackets capped off the half with a jumper from Ethington to make it 27-23 at the break.

Two free throws from D'Annolfo closed the gap to two to begin the third quarter, but Rochester went on a 9-0 run to earn their first double digit lead with 6:08 left in the third. Purcell halted the run with a three-point basket dished out by D'Annolfo, but the Yellowjackets were able to maintain a double digit lead, as the Owls went into the final stanza down 49-38.

Rochester knocked down two baskets to open the fourth quarter and pushed their advantage to 15, but a layup from Petrow, followed by a three-pointer by Purcell and a layup from D'Annolfo brought the Owls to within eight. Keene State would not come any closer, as Rochester extended their lead in the final minutes.

Inside the Paint

  • This is the first NCAA appearance for the Owls since the 2007 season. 
  • Rochester narrowly edged Keene State on the glass, 46-43. 
  • The loss ends the Owls' 10-game winning streak, just two wins shy of tying the single-season record of 12 wins.  
  • This is the final career game for seniors Petrow and D'Annolfo, as the duo led Keene State to back-to-back 20-game wins during their junior and senior seasons. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State sees its historic season come to a close, after capturing the first Little East Conference Championship title in school history. 
  • Rochester advances to the second round and will play the winner of tonight's NCAA first round game between SUNY Geneseo and Muhlenberg at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th.