Top Moments No. 1 - Women's Basketball Claims First Ever LEC Titlte

Photo courtesy Tracie McPadden.
Photo courtesy Tracie McPadden.

KEENE, N.H.--Throughout the summer months, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the top moments and milestones of the 2016-17 academic year.   

Our final moment this summer recalls when the Keene State College women's basketball team won their first ever Little East Conference championship.

On January 25, the Owls had suffered a 63-62 home defeat to Eastern Connecticut State.  It would be the Owls' last defeat for 38 days.

Keene State closed out the month of January with wins over UMass Boston and Middlebury, then opened February with wins over Southern Maine, Plymouth State, and Western Connecticut State.   Next up was a rematch with the Warriors, where the Owls blitzed ECSU, 80-51.  KSC led 11-4 after the first quarter and 39-16 at halftime, shooting 62% from three point range and getting what was a career high 27 points from Sandi Purcell.

Purcell needed all of one game for a new career high, netting 30 points as the Owls ended the regular season with a 82-60 win over Rhode Island College.   Hosting Southern Maine in the opening round of the LEC tournament, the second seeded Owls hammered the Huskies 71-46, outscoring USM 21-8 in the final quarter.

Next up, a date with UMass Dartmouth in the semifinalsl; KSC and the Corsairs had split the season series, with both wins coming on the road.  KSC rallied from a two point halftime deficit and a double-double from Stephanie D'Annolfo to return to the LEC championship game for the first time since 2007.

The championship game featured a rubber match with Eastern Connecticut State, where the two teams had also split the season series, with the road team winning both games.   Geissler Gym proved to be a friendly confine once again, as KSC led 16-8 after one quarter and never looked back, tasting championship glory for the first time in school history.

D'Annolfo tied a career high wtih 21 points, being named the LEC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and Sandi Purcell added 23 points, netting her 1,000th career point with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter.