Women's Basketball Hangs On For Victory Over Worcester State, 56-49

Women's Basketball Hangs On For Victory Over Worcester State, 56-49

KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State women's basketball program picked up a non-conference 56-49 win against Worcester State on Tuesday evening at Spaulding Gym. The Owls were able to thwart a fourth-quarter push from the visitors to collect its second straight win over the Lancers. 


  • Keene State: 5-3, 0-0 LEC 
  • Worcester State: 3-6, 0-0 MASCAC

Tale of the Tape 

  • Keene State was dominant on rebounds over Worcester State, as the Owls owned a 55-42 advantage, and picked up eight steals to two. 
  • Junior guard Lydia Vital led with a game-high 12 points, and added five rebounds and one assist. Junior guard Sandi Purcell chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and two steals, while senior forward Amanda Petrow pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds, four steals and added eight points. 
  • Kaitlyn Berkel and Brianna Hackett each tallied 10 points for the Lancers, while Bianca Langford collected a team-high eight rebounds. 

First and Second Quarter Highlights 

  • The Lancers got on the board first with a layup from Katie Suprenant, before a trey from first-year forward Rachel Bonnanzio and a layup from senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo put Keene State in front for the remainder of the game. 
  • Langford answered with a layup for Worcester State before D'Annolfo tallied three points for the Owls' largest lead of the quarter with 7:11 remaining. 
  • The Lancers were able to cut its deficit to one with 1:02 remaining off of a layup from Berkel, before time expired with a 13-11, Keene State lead. 
  • The Owls opened up a six-point lead in the second capped off by a layup from Petrow with 5:55 remaining. Worcester State responded with a layup to make it a four-point game, before Keene State went on a 10-2 run to widen their lead to double-digits to make it 30-19 with 1:07 remaining in the stanza. 
  • Despite a layup from Emily Carens in the final minute, the Owls went into the break in front, 30-21. 

Third and Fourth Quarter Highlights 

  • Back-and-forth baskets opened the third quarter, as a three-pointer from Vital pushed Keene State to a 14 point lead with 6:54 remaining. 
  • Worcester State did not go away easily, as the Lancers went on a 5-0 run, before Purcell finished a layup and a jumper to keep the Owls with a double-digit lead, as the third quarter finished 48-32, Keene State. 
  • In the fourth, the Owls earned its largest lead off a layup from Vital with 4:59 on the clock, but the Lancers went on an 11-0 run capped by back-to-back three pointers from Hackett to make it a six-point game, 53-47, Keene State, with 1:11 remaining. 
  • The Owls maintained their lead over the Lancers in the final minute, as Vital was able to convert one-of-two free throws and a layup to seal the win. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State will open their Little East Conference (LEC) schedule on Thursday, December 8th, when the Owls travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 6:00 pm tip-off. 
  • Worcester State will return home to take on Nichols on December 8th at 7:30 pm.