KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College women's basketball team led from nearly start to finish before holding off a late Regis College (Mass.) run for a 45-41 victory on Sunday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-4
- Regis (Mass.): 0-3
How It Happened
Kenzie Bennett scored a season-high 15 points for the Owls, while also chipping in four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Emily McPadden had 11 points, five rebounds and an assist, while Samira Sangare and Jordyn Burke each pulled down a team-high six rebounds as KSC snapped a four-game skid. Katryna Veasey paced Regis with 11 points.
The Pride recorded the initial basket of the contest, but Keene State answered by scoring eight of the next nine points and did not trail again. Sangare's jumper put the Owls ahead for the first time and, later, two Bennett layups made it 8-3 nearly halfway through the first quarter. A pair of threes from McPadden and Jenny Freedman over the next two minutes made it a 14-6 KSC lead, and the Owls led 15-10 after one while shooting 55%. A three from Bennett early in the second quarter answered a triple from Shannon Kelley as Keene State still had a six-point advantage with 7:56 left in the half. The Pride got within two on two different occasions over the remainder of the quarter, but the Owls got four free throws from Bennett and a three from Hien Thach in a 7-0 run that made it 27-18 at the 2:02 mark. KSC led 27-20 at the break.
The offense slowed after halftime, but Keene State still extended their advantage with an 11-8 third quarter. Thach's jumper opened the half for the Owls, who a short time later got another free throw from Bennett for a double-digit lead (30-20) less than two minutes in. A trey from McPadden at the 3:12 mark gave KSC a game-high 35-24 edge, and another deep shot from her kept it a 38-28 Owls lead heading into the fourth. Keene State held off the visitors in the final quarter despite one field goal and five free throws from their offense. Tamra Gonyea's bucket in the early-going made it 40-30 before the Pride scored the next nine points, drawing within one (40-39) on a three from Maura Russell with 2:36 to go. Bennett was fouled on the following possession and made one from the line to snap the run. Regis had several chances in the final two minutes to tie or take the lead, but the Owls' defense held five different times. Thach's free throw with 11 seconds left put KSC ahead 42-39. Taylor Iorfino answered with a layup to make it a one-point game again with four seconds to go, but Thach made another from the line after being fouled, and the Pride turned the ball over before two McPadden free throws with 0.1 seconds left sealed the win.
Inside the Paint
- The 41 points allowed for Keene State marked a season-low, and are also the fewest they have allowed since January 31, 2017, when they won 59-37 at Middlebury.
- McPadden, who drained three triples in the contest, has made at least two threes in five consecutive games. She is one away from tying Bri Barnes '07 (180) for eighth on the all-time KSC list for made threes.
- The Owls have beaten Regis in three of four all-time meetings, including all three in Keene.
- Keene State opens Little East Conference play on Wednesday, November 28 when they host UMass Boston at 5:30 pm.
- Regis has their home opener against Westfield State University on the same night at 6:00 pm.