KEENE, N.H. – The Keene State College women's basketball team used a strong start and hot shooting from three point range to beat Plymouth State University 62-49 in Little East Conference action on Wednesday night at Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 3-15, 1-7 LEC
- Plymouth State: 5-13, 1-7 LEC
How It Happened
Emily McPadden made 4-of-10 from distance and led the Owls with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sandi Purcell added 13 points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist off the bench. Jasmin Mitchell had nine points, four assists, one steal and one block, while Kenzie Bennett and Jordyn Burke each recorded a team-high eight rebounds for KSC, who won for the first time since December 5.
Jess Conant had 13 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal to pace Plymouth State. Brittany Roche had 12 points, four rebounds and a steal, while Cassidy Emerson had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. She added two assists and one steal. Elizabeth McLaughlin also had 10 rebounds for the Panthers, who lost their fourth straight.
Plymouth took an early 5-3 lead courtesy of a three from Roche and still led 7-6 nearly halfway through the first quarter, but the Owls got the offense going from there. Treys from McPadden and Hien Thach within a minute gave Keene State a 14-9 lead at the 2:46 mark. A basket and free throw from Abby Thut and two triples from Purcell helped the Owls to a 24-15 lead after one. Layups from Mitchell and Thut over the first three minutes of the second quarter gave the Owls their first double-digit advantage of the game (28-17). Plymouth closed to within 30-22 on a McLaughlin three, but the Owls answered with one of their own from McPadden. Another jumper from McPadden and a layup from Tamra Gonyea gave the Owls a 37-24 lead, their largest, with 2:32 left in the half. KSC led 37-27 at halftime.
Plymouth got a triple from Roche to kick off the second half, drawing within seven, but Keene State scored the next ten points, capped by a deep shot from Mitchell and a layup from Lilly Shlimon to lead 47-30 at the 6:22 mark. The Panthers responded with seven straight points of their own, but Mitchell stopped the surge with a trey that made it 50-37 with 3:29 left in the third quarter. PSU got a bucket from Debra Morrill and trailed 50-39 after three. Keene State never let Plymouth make any sustained push in the final quarter. A Purcell layup in the first minute made it 52-39 and, later, it was her three that made it 55-41 with 8:54 to go. The Panthers got within ten (55-45) at the 6:35 mark, but Bennett canned a triple, and Plymouth never got closer than 11 after that.
In the Paint
- Keene State shot 32% (22-of-69) in the contest, but were on point from three, making 12-of-32 (38%). The Owls held Plymouth to 29% (18-of-62) shooting and just 4-of-18 (22%) from distance.
- Plymouth narrowly won the rebounding battle 48-47, though KSC had a 17-14 advantage on the offensive glass.
- Led by Purcell, Keene State's bench outscored Plymouth's counterparts 32-3.
- Keene State has won 17 straight against the Panthers and leads the all-time series 36-7.
- Keene State will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, January 27 for a 1:00 pm tip-off.
- Plymouth State will host Eastern Connecticut State University on the same day and time.