WORCESTER, Mass. - Emily McPadden shined for the second straight game, scoring a season high 22 points, but the Keene State College women's basketball team could not stage a late comeback, falling to Worcester State University 73-58 on Wednesday evening at Lancer Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-10
- Worcester State: 6-5
How It Happened
As mentioned, McPadden had 22 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists to lead Keene State. It is her second straight 20-point game. Lilly Shlimon added 18 points, a team-high eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Britt Herring recorded a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double to lead Worcester State. Kaitlyn Berkel added 15 points, four rebounds, three steals and a block, while Sam Maglione made 4-of-5 from three and scored 14 points off the bench.
It was Keene State who surged out of the gates, scoring nine of the first 10 points, capped by McPadden's three and layup at the 5:40 mark of the first quarter. The Lancers chipped away, but McPadden remained hot, getting another bucket inside and another triple to keep Keene State out in front 14-10. KSC led 16-12 after one. McPadden opened the second quarter with her third three of the evening to give KSC a 19-12 lead, but the Lancers then embarked on a 9-1 run to take their first lead of the game (21-20) with 5:22 remaining until halftime. The teams traded leads from there. A three from Maglione and two free throws from Herring put Worcester State up 26-23, but Shlimon scored five consecutive points to put the Owls back in front 28-26. A deep shot from Maglione and a basket inside from Brianna Hackett in the final minute of the half gave WSU a 31-28 lead at the break.
The Lancers came storming out of the locker room and scored the first 11 points of the second half, seven from Berkel, to take a 42-28 lead at the 6:22 mark. Worcester State still led 46-32 with 4:20 to go in the third, but the Owls went on 11-3 run to close the quarter. The Owls got six points from Shlimon during that surge, including two free throws in the final seconds of the quarter that trimmed the deficit to 49-43. A three to open the final quarter from Hackett stopped KSC's momentum temporarily, but the Owls battled back. Jasmin Mitchell's layup made it a seven point game and, later, a three from McPadden made it a 56-50 game with 6:28 to go. The Lancers pulled away from there, though, getting a triple from Maglione and a layup from Berkel to lead 63-50 with 3:52 to go. KSC never threatened again.
Inside the Paint
- McPadden has combined for 42 points on 14-of-29 shooting in the last two games. She has also shot 10-for-21 from three-point range. She's scored in double figures in four her last five games and is averaging 15.8 points per game over that stretch. She was two points short of her career high, set against Westfield State on November 15, 2016.
- Worcester State hit 46% (28-of-61) of their shots from the floor and 9-of-21 (43%) from deep, assisting on 21 of their 28 made baskets. The Lancers made 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Keene State shot just 35% (17-of-49) overall and made 5-of-17 (29%) from three. The Owls made 19-of-28 (68%) from the charity stripe.
- Worcester State outrebounded Keene State 42-28. Herring had a game-high ten rebounds and Catherine Sweeney added eight.
- Keene State had won their last seven matchups with Worcester State.
- Keene State gets back into Little East Conference action, traveling to Rhode Island College on Saturday, January 6 for a 1:00 pm start.
- Worcester State stays home and will host Salem State in their MASCAC opener on the same day and time.