GORHAM, Maine. – The Keene State College women's basketball team fell into an early deficit and could not recover, falling to the University of Southern Maine 55-33 in Little East Conference action at Hill Gym on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 3-16, 1-8 LEC
- Southern Maine: 10-9, 7-2 LEC
How It Happened
Tamra Gonyea set a new career-best with 12 points while adding six rebounds and an assist for Keene State. Emily McPadden had seven points, two rebounds and a steal. Kenzie Bennett had a team-high nine rebounds, and Abby Thut had seven rebounds, four points, two blocks and an assist.
Chantel Eells led the way for USM with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. She also had three assists and a steal. Reserve Morgan Eliasen had eight points, four rebounds and a block, while Kristen Curley added seven points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist as the Huskies improved to 4-0 in home conference games (5-2 overall).
Bennett and McPadden hit jumpers in the early going as the game was tied 4-4 at the 7:33 mark. Hien Thach's bucket a few minutes later had Keene State within 8-6, but Southern Maine scored the next five points, capped by a three from Miranda Nicely to lead by seven (13-6) with 28 seconds left in the quarter. McPadden and Emily Nicholson exchanged triples and the Huskies led 16-9 after one. USM scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to take total control of the game. Alexa Srolovitz made a basket inside, and Eliasen and Seve Deery-Deraps made buckets during the span. Gonyea stopped the drought with a layup and Meghan D'Amours canned a jumper in the final ten seconds of the quarter as the Owls trailed 28-13 at halftime.
Purcell's trey in the first minute of the third quarter had KSC within 30-16, but Southern Maine kept the Owls off the scoreboard after that. Two free throws from Eells at the 5:39 mark put the Huskies' lead over 20 (37-16) and, later, a triple from Curley and two layups from Eliasen made it 46-16 through three. Gonyea got going in the fourth, opening the quarter with two consecutive baskets. Two free throws from her at the 4:46 mark made it 49-24. Keene State outscored Southern Maine 9-6 over the remainder of the contest and 17-9 in the fourth quarter overall, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
In the Paint
- Neither team shot above 30% in the contest. USM connected on 18-of-61 (30%) from the field, while KSC made 13-of-64 (20%). The Huskies connected on 4-of-20 from three and the Owls 2-of-25. USM used the free throw line to their advantage, making 15-of-17 (88%). KSC made 5-of-11 (46%) from the charity stripe.
- Southern Maine outrebounded Keene State 54-43 and had an 18-6 advantage in second chance points.
- The Huskies won both meetings against the Owls this season, taking the matchup in Keene 56-40 in December.
- Keene State has their final non-conference contest of the season on Tuesday, January 30. The Owls will host Middlebury College at 5:30 pm.
- Southern Maine also entertains a NESCAC opponent, as they will take on Colby College on the same night at 5:30 pm.