KEENE, N.H.--During the summer of 2019, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will review some of the top moments of the recently ended school year, celebrating the achievements of our student-athletes and teams.
At No. 8, a memorable buzzer beater for the Keene State women's basketball team.
Hien Thach hit a running three-pointer at the buzzer to cap off the Keene State College women's basketball team's game-ending 7-0 run as the Owls picked up a thrilling 68-65 Little East win over the University of Southern Maine on January 19.
USM scored the opening bucket of the second half just eight seconds in to push the lead back to double figures, and eventually led 46-33 at the 5:47 mark after Alexa Srolovitz's triple. It was still a 12-point game with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter, but the Owls closed the period with five points from Lilly Shlimon in the final 36 seconds to get back within 54-46 after three. She also scored the opening basket of the final quarter as KSC sliced the deficit to five in the opening two minutes, but USM immediately responded with five points - all from Jackie Luckhardt - to lead 59-49 with 6:58 to go. Trailing 63-52 with four minutes remaining, the Owls came flying back, as they finished the game on a 16-2 burst, including the final seven points. Shlimon continued to shine, as she made a layup and a three on consecutive possessions that brought KSC within 63-59 at the 2:23 mark. Two Emily McPadden freebies made it a one possession game with just under two minutes to go, but Luckhardt answered by converting inside. The Huskies did not score again, and two from the line for Jordyn Burke made it 65-63 with 1:10 on the clock. Keene State held, getting a stop on USM's next possession, before Thach tied the game at 65 with 27 seconds left. The Huskies called a timeout, but could not convert in the final seconds. Thach, with KSC also out of timeouts, came dashing down the floor and drained a running three in the final seconds for the win.
Shlimon made 9-of-13 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range, while tying a career-high with 23 points. She added four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Abby Thut came off the bench to tally 11 points and three rebounds, while McPadden also had 11 points. Thach finished with eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal.