DANBURY, Conn. – Despite another strong game from junior guard Emily McPadden, the Keene State College women's basketball team fell on the road to Western Connecticut State University, 76-65 at Feldman Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
- Keene State: 2-12, 0-4 LEC
- Western Connecticut: 9-6, 2-2 LEC
How It Happened
Emily McPadden made 5-of-10 from three and led the Owls with 19 points, a career-high nine rebounds and four assists. Jordyn Burke set new career-best marks with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Kenzie Bennett added 12 rebounds, five points and an assist.
Western Connecticut was led by two reserves. Jancy Sherwood had 15 points, three steals, two rebounds and an assist. Sydney Gouveia had an 11 point, 11 rebound double-double to go along with an assist and a steal. Kaitlyn LaBonte added eight points and a team-high five assists for the Colonials, who improved to 8-3 on their home floor.
Western came out firing, knocking down five threes in the first quarter en route to building a double-digit advantage. Frances Snyder's triple at the 7:37 mark put the Colonials up 6-1 and, several minutes later, another from Sherwood made it 14-3 with 2:31 left in the quarter. The Owls got a jumper from Burke and a layup from McPadden to make it 18-7 with just over a minute remaining, but a deep shot from LaBonte and a layup from Faith Thurmond gave WCSU a 23-7 lead after one. Keene State quickly reduced the lead, scoring 11 consecutive points over the first two minutes of the second quarter to make it 23-18. Two triples from McPadden started the surge and one from Bennett capped it. Western Connecticut answered with a 13-4 surge to regain control. A traditional three-point play from Gabrielle Hurlbert and another from Genesis Torres made it 36-22 at the 4:01 mark. McPadden canned a triple to stop the run and made another jumper less than a minute later to trim the deficit to 37-27. The Owls kept coming, getting a bucket inside from Lilly Shlimon and two free throws from Burke in the final two minutes to trail 37-31 at the break. KSC outscored Western 24-14 in the second quarter.
The Colonials scored the first five points of the third quarter to regain a double-digit lead (42-31), but the Owls again would not go away, answering with six points of their own, four from Burke, to reduce WCSU's advantage back down to five. It was still a five-point game (44-39) after two Shlimon free throws halfway through the third, but Western would not let KSC get any closer. A jumper from Sherwood and a triple from LaBonte pumped the Colonials' lead back up to 51-41 at the 2:44 mark. Gouveia's three made it 54-43, but KSC scored five points in the final minute to trail 54-48 heading to the fourth. The Owls continued to hang around, getting a trey from McPadden to make it 56-51 and, later, a layup from Burke that made it 64-57 with 5:08 remaining. However, Western again answered and pulled away, getting threes from Jessica Davis and Megan Hasty within a minute to lead 70-59 with 4:28 remaining.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State shot 37% (25-of-68 overall) and 6-for-18 (33%) from deep, while Western Connecticut shot 31% (27-of-88) and 14-for-60 (23%) from three. The Owls made 9-of-12 (75%) from the charity stripe, while the Colonials made just 8-of-14 (57%).
- KSC won the rebounding battle 59-45, though Western outrebounded the Owls 22-20 on the offensive end.
- A deciding factor in the game was turnovers, as KSC committed 40 and the Colonials 19. WCSU outscored the Owls 40-19 off miscues.
- Keene State had won the previous four matchups against Western Connecticut, sweeping them each of the last two seasons.
- Keene State will have their first home game in over a month, hosting UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 pm.
- Western Connecticut will remain home and host UMass Boston on the same day and time.