Women's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to Rhode Island College

Women's Basketball Drops Heartbreaker to Rhode Island College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island College scored six of the final eight points of the contest to defeat the Keene State College women's basketball team 42-39 in a low-scoring Little East Conference affair on Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.

Records

  • Keene State: 2-11, 0-3 LEC
  • Rhode Island College: 7-3, 1-2 LEC

How It Happened

Kenzie Bennett led the Owls with 12 points and three rebounds. Lilly Shlimon added 10 points, a game-high nine rebounds and two assists.

Ornela Livramento had 16 points, six rebounds and one assist to lead Rhode Island College. Jordyn Gauvin added 13 points on 3-for-4 shooting from three, to go along with eight rebounds and four assists.

It was a slow start for both teams, as they combined for only nine points in the first five minutes of the contest. RIC scored the first four before Keene State got on the board with a three from Bennett at the 5:54 mark. Later, with RIC leading 8-5, the Owls got a layups from Shlimon and Bennett to take their first lead of the game with 1:29 left in the quarter. The Anchorwomen got a bucket from Gauvin in the final minute to tie the game at 10 after one. RIC went on an extended 9-2 run over the first five minutes of the second, capped by a three from Margaret McCaffrey to take a 19-12 lead. Emily McPadden stopped the surge with a three, but Gauvin made two triples in the final minutes of the half to give RIC their largest lead at 25-15. A bucket inside from Jordyn Burke with five seconds left trimmed the Owls' deficit to 25-17 at the break.

Keene State came surging out of the locker room, embarking on a 9-2 run to trim the deficit to just one (27-26) at the 4:55 mark. Shlimon made three layups and Bennett a trey during the span. Later, a bucket inside from Jasmin Mitchell made it a 29-28 game, but the Anchorwomen responded with a Gauvin three to get the lead back up to four in the final two minutes of the third. KSC got a bucket from Abby Thut and trailed 32-30 after three. The Owls scored the first four points of the fourth to take their first lead since the first quarter at 34-32 with 7:27 to go. RIC scored the next four, but McPadden canned a triple to put Keene State up 37-36 at the 6:13 mark. Livramento answered with a jumper and, later, a layup to put the Anchorwomen up 40-37 at the 4:39 mark. From there, only four more points were scored in the contest. RIC gained a two possession lead (42-37) on Lisbeth Spitzschuh's jumper with 3:18 to go. Keene State reduced the lead 42-39 on Bennett's layup with 40 seconds left and, after the Anchorwomen missed two free throws, had a chance to force overtime, but McPadden's three missed at the buzzer.

Inside the Paint

  • Both teams struggled offensively. Keene State shot 30% (17-for-56) from the floor and RIC 35% (17-for-49). The Anchorwomen made 5-for-13 from deep (39%), while the Owls shot just 4-for-25 (16%) from distance. KSC connected on 1-of-5 from the line (20%) and RIC 3-of-9 (33%).
  • Rhode Island College won the rebounding battle 42-34.
  • Keene State had won the last seven matchups with Rhode Island College.  The Owls last lost to the Anchorwomen in 2014.

Up Next

  • Keene State will stay on the road and travel to Western Connecticut State on Wednesday, January 10 for a 2:00 pm tip-off.
  • Rhode Island College will remain home and host No. 1 Amherst College on Monday, January 8 at 5:00 pm.