KEENE, N.H. - Samira Sangare had game highs of 21 points and nine rebounds, but the Keene State College women's basketball team fell to Westfield State University 94-83 in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 1-2
- Westfield State: 1-0
How It Happened
In addition to Sangare, Emily McPadden made 8-of-12 shots to score 18 points. Hien Thach added 10 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Lilly Shlimon had eight points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Westfield State received 19 points apiece from Melissa Gray and Lucy Barrett.
Keene State led for the vast majority of the opening quarter, including 6-0 after baskets from Shlimon, Sangare and McPadden. Westfield scored the next six and eventually took their only lead of the quarter, 14-12, on a Barrett layup at the 2:32 mark. The Owls quickly answered, tallying nine points over the remainder of the quarter to reassume the lead, including a three from Jasmin Mitchell that made it 17-14. KSC led 21-19 after one. The second quarter was back-and-forth throughout. The Owls got buckets from Abby Thut and Shlimon to go back up six (27-21), but WSU scored the next eight points in a row. Trailing 37-33, KSC got back-to-back triples from Thach and Tamra Gonyea to go up two, but Westfield got two jumpers in the final 19 seconds to lead 41-39 at the break.
WSU took control in the third quarter, a period that saw a combined 66 points scored between the two teams. Westfield opened the half on an 8-4 run to go up six, but KSC eventually went back in front 50-49 on a triple from Kenzie Bennett and two free throws from Sangare. It proved to be their final lead, however, as WSU scored ten of the next 13 points to go up 59-53 a little over halfway through the quarter. After trailing by nine, buckets from McPadden and Sangare made it a 64-59 game, but KSC could not get any closer, and eventually found themselves down 74-61 with 1:26 left in the third. The Owls scored eight consecutive points, capped by Thach's three, to get back in the game, but a late triple from Chelsea Moussette had Westfield up 77-69 heading to the fourth. WSU put the game away by scoring the first 10 points of the final quarter. McPadden made a pair of treys down the stretch to draw the Owls within 91-79 at the 2:54 mark, but Keene State could not make a dent in the lead after that.
Inside the Paint
- The Owls made 31-of-69 from the floor and 9-of-23 from long range, but just 12-of-21 from the free throw line. Westfield shot 41% overall and made 12-of-34 from distance, while also going 18-of-22 at the charity stripe.
- KSC had a 48-43 advantage on the glass.
- Every Keene State player that saw action grabbed at least three rebounds. The Owls also recorded 22 assists.
- Keene State hosts Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 pm.
- Westfield State goes to the Emmanuel College Tip-Off Tournament where they will take on Pine Manor College on the same day and time.