PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lilly Shlimon recorded 21 points, four rebounds and two steals, but Rhode Island College defeated the Keene State College women's basketball team 60-42 in Little East action played Saturday afternoon at The Murray Center.
- Keene State: 3-20, 1-14 LEC
- Rhode Island College: 15-8, 7-7 LEC
How It Happened
Emily McPadden pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds while adding three assists and three points, while Tamra Gonyea had seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Brooke Young led the Anchorwomen with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting as RIC, currently in fifth place in the conference, looks to solidify a spot in the conference tournament.
Shlimon stole the ball from Jordyn Gauvin in the opening seconds and drained a three to put the Owls on the board first, but the Anchorwomen reeled off the next 10 points in less than three minutes to lead 10-3. Consecutive buckets from Jordyn Burke brought KSC within 12-7 with just over five minutes to go in the opening quarter, but it was all Rhode Island College after that, as they scored the next seven points in a row and closed the period on a 13-1 run, finishing with five points from Willcia McBorrough in the last minute, to lead 25-8. The Owls struggled to gain much traction, as the home team opened the second quarter by scoring seven more points in a row before Shlimon's three at the 5:47 mark made it 32-11. The scoring slowed considerably after that, as Rhode Island College did not score for the final 5:33 and the Owls went the last 3:50 without a point after two Shlimon buckets made it 36-15.
Keene State was never able to make much dent in the deficit after the break, as the Anchorwomen tallied the first six points in the third quarter before Hien Thach's triple got the Owls on the scoreboard. Five consecutive Shlimon points made it a 47-24 game, but RIC scored the next six for a game-high lead before Gonyea closed the period with a three that made it 53-27. KSC utilized a 7-0 run with a McPadden three sandwiching two more Shlimon baskets in less than two minutes to start the fourth quarter to get the deficit down to 19 (53-34) with 8:07 to go, but Rhode Island College was never threatened, as they responded with a 7-2 run. The Owls never got closer than that until Jenny Freedman's layup with 30 seconds left set the final margin.
Inside the Paint
- RIC outshot Keene State 48% (24-of-50) to 29% (16-of-56) and had a 38-29 edge on the glass. The Owls did outrebound the Anchorwomen, one of the league's best rebounding teams, 11-8 on the offensive end which led to a 16-4 advantage in second chance points.
- It was Shlimon's second 20-point game of the season, as she scored 23 in KSC's home win over Southern Maine.
- McPadden has set a season-high for rebounds in back-to-back games, and she has grabbed 30 boards total in the last five games.
- Keene State steps out of conference play for their final road game of the season when they visit Fitchburg State University on Monday, February 11 at 5:30 pm.
- Rhode Island College goes to LEC opposition Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday, February 13. Tip-off is at 5:30 pm.