TROY, N.Y. - Led by a career-high 20-point performance from junior guard Lydia Vital and a 17-point game from sophomore guard Emily McPadden, the Keene State women's basketball program pulled away from Rensselaer in the fourth quarter for a 72-65 non-conference victory at the East Campus Arena.
- Keene State: 3-2, 0-0 LEC
- RPI: 3-4, 0-0 LL
Tale of the Tape
- Scoring in double-digits for the fourth time this season, Vital's 20 points came off of 10-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe and 4-of-10 shooting from the field. The junior also pulled down a career-high six rebounds, while adding five assists, one steal and one block. McPadden netted four buckets from behind the arc, as senior forward Amanda Petrow registered a team-high 10 rebounds.
- For the Engineers, Shaina Iton earned a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Lakissa Martin went 6-for-10 from the field en route to 14 points.
First Half Highlights
- Keene State was down by four in the opening minutes of the first quarter, but a three-pointer from junior guard Sandi Purcell sparked the Owls' offense. With 5:17 left, the score was tied at 5 apiece, but Keene State jumped out to a 13-5 lead with back-and-forth baskets from Vital and McPadden. First-year forward Kenzie Bennett sealed the lead in the first stanza with two free throws, before Lauren Young netted a shot from beyond the arc in the last seconds to bring the score to 20-8, Keene State.
- Keene State maintained over a 10-point lead up until the final four minutes of the half, when a layup from Iton brought RPI within eight. The Engineers were able to come as close as six, before back-and-forth baskets between teams ended the second quarter with an Owls lead of 34-27.
Second Half Highlights
- Keene State suffered a four minute scoring drought to open the third quarter, as the Engineers gained the lead at 35-34, before a trey from McPadden halted a 8-0 run by RPI. The Owls' two-point lead did not hold for long as Julianne O'Niell made a layup to bring the score even at 39 with 3:40 remaining. Vital made a cruicial three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to give Keene State a four-point lead at 49-45, but the Engineers fought back as Ines Ortea finished a layup with 13 seconds left to close the gamp to two with a score of 49-47, Keene State.
- Although RPI regained the lead in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, the Owls used an 8-0 run powered by three-pointers from Purcell and McPadden to push the Keene State lead to 57-53 with 6:09 remaining. The Engineers would come as close as two, but the Owls were able to escape with the win. Keene State outshot RPI 23-18 in the fourth, shooting 10-of-12 from the free throw and 3-of-6 from the three-point line to help seal the victory.
- Keene State will travel to Wesleyan this weekend for the Courtyard Marriot Tournament and will play Skidmore at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd.
- RPI will remain at home to host Middlebury at 6 p.m on Thursday, Decemeber 1st.