BOSTON, Mass. – UMass Boston used a strong third quarter to pull away and hand the Keene State College women's basketball team a 73-40 loss in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center.
- Keene State: 2-15, 0-7 LEC
- UMass Boston: 15-2, 6-1 LEC
How It Happened
Lilly Shlimon led Keene State with nine points and six rebounds. Emily McPadden scored eight points and Hien Thach seven, while Jordyn Burke had a team-high eight rebounds and three assists. Sandi Purcell returned from an injury that had kept her out of the previous seven games and scored four points.
Joie Grassi and Lydia Vital each scored 12 points for the Beacons. Katie Mathieu added 11 points and four assists, while Shania Osborne had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Beacons improved their home record to 7-0.
UMass Boston reeled off nine consecutive points early in the contest, fueled by layups from Osborne and Alecia Quinones and a triple from Vital, to lead 12-4 with four minutes gone. The Owls chipped away, getting two free throws from Purcell and a layup from Burke to get within 14-10 at the 2:48 mark. Both teams slowed down from there, but UMB got a jumper from Tahjai Mazyck to lead 18-10 after one. Another triple from Vital early in the second quarter extended the Beacons' lead to 21-12 and, later, one from Whitney Fulton made it 26-14 at the 6:56 mark. The Owls again countered, getting a triple from Shlimon and a layup from Bennett to reel off five consecutive points. UMass Boston got a bucket and free throw from Vital and two free throws from Fulton to extend the lead back out to 35-21 with 1:02 left in the half, but the Owls closed strong, scoring the last five points, capped by Purcell feeding McPadden for a buzzer-beating three to trail 35-26 at the half.
The teams exchanged threes to begin the second half, with the Owls getting ones from McPadden, Thach and Bennett to keep it a 44-35 game at the 7:11 mark. However, the Beacons surged from there, scoring 16 straight points to end the quarter. A three from Grassi made it 52-35 and a layup from her minutes later extended UMB's lead to 58-35. It was 60-35 after three. Keene State was unable to make any dent in the deficit in the fourth quarter, as UMB led by as many as 35 en route to the 73-40 final.
In the Paint
- The Beacons controlled most statistical categories in the game. UMass Boston shot 39% (27-of-69) from the floor, while the Owls shot just 21% (13-of-62). The Beacons made 9-of-21 (43%) from deep, while KSC connected on 5-of-23 (22%).
- UMB won the rebounding battle by a wide 58-35 margin, including 21-13 on the offensive end.
- Keene State turned the ball over just ten times, but the Beacons were opportunistic, scoring 21 points off those turnovers. Keene State managed two points off UMB's nine miscues.
- UMass Boston won both games of the season series for just the second time in program history. Keene State leads the all-time series 37-12.
- Keene State will host in-state rival Plymouth State University on Wednesday, January 24 at 5:30 pm.
- UMass Boston remains home to play the University of Southern Maine on the same day and time.