NORTH ADAMS, Mass.--Solid long range shooting lifted the Keene State College women's basketball team to a 59-52 non-conference road win over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday night.
- Keene State: 2-6
- MCLA: 3-4
How it Happened
Sandi Purcell scored a team high 20 points, knocking down five three pointers, while Emily McPadden chipped in with 15 points off the bench, and Lilly Shlimon added 11 points. Kenzie Bennett pulled down nine rebounds to lead the team, while Hien Thach passed out a career high five assists.
Keene State jumped out to an early lead, going up 7-2 on a basket by Jordyn Burke and extending the advantage to 12-7 on a three by Purcell with 2:30 left in the game. The Owls' defense stood strong, as the Trailblazers missed their final eight shots of the quarter as the Owls led 12-7 after one. A three from McPadden gave the Owls a 15-9 lead, and Purcell's steal and fast break layup made it 17-9 with 7:35 left in the quarter. A three point play by MCLA's Courtney Pingelski cut the lead to five, before McPadden nailed another triple for a 20-12 lead with 6:35 left.
MCLA closed the half on a 9-3 run, but the Owls led 23-21 at the break as Thach found McPadden for another three with 24 seconds left in the half. MCLA took their only lead of the night at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter on Emily Moulton's bucket in the paint, but Keene immediately answered with a three point play from Shlimon to retake command. The Owls never trailed again, however they also never pulled away. Heading to the fourth quarter, the Owls maintained a 38-34 lead over the Trailblazers.
MCLA immediately cut the lead to one on Sam Gawron's triple, but Keene's Purcell drained back to back three's making it 44-37. MCLA got within three at 44-41 following a Pingelski layup, but McPadden and Purcell buried three's sandwiched around a L'Rae Brundige bucket making it 50-43 with just 4:51 left to play. MCLA got within four points again at the 2:48 mark on Pingelski's three, however that's as close as they would get as the Owls answered with a pair of free throws from Jasmin Mitchell. The dagger ultimately came with under a minute to go when Keene's Kenzie Bennett nailed a deep trey to put the Owls up seven and they never looked back.
In the Paint
- Keene State picked up its first road win of the season in the first ever meeting between these two institutions.
- The 13 threes tied the most the team has made in a game this season; the Owls also knocked down 13 triples against St. Joseph's (ME) on November 18. The 35.1% shooting from range was also the second best shooting performance of the year.
- Purcell needs just three points to pass Ingrid Crane '95 for 13th place on the Owls' all-time scoring list.
- Keene State ends the 2017 term with a home conference contest against the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m.
- The Trailblazers host Simmons on Thursday night at 6 p.m.