KEENE, N.H. - Rhode Island College shot 51% from the floor and went on to beat the Keene State College women's basketball team 61-35 in a Little East Conference matchup on Wednesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-7, 0-2 LEC
- Rhode Island College: 8-1, 2-1 LEC
How It Happened
Lilly Shlimon was the lone Owl in double-figures, tallying 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Samira Sangare had eight points, four rebounds and a steal, while Emily McPadden had six points and three assists. Sophia Guerrier led RIC with 15 points, five assists and four steals.
It was a close contest early on, as the teams traded baskets. Triples from Sangare and McPadden, and a jumper from Shlimon had the Owls out in front 8-6 a little over five minutes in. However, the Anchorwomen finished the first quarter on an 8-1 run to lead 14-9 and never looked back. The surge extended to 15-4 in the initial stages of the second quarter as RIC took a nine point lead, but a triple from McPadden brought Keene State back within 21-15 at the 4:26 mark. Taylor Thompson's triple a few minutes later provided the visitors a double-digit lead for the first time, but Shlimon's three with a minute to go brought the Owls within 26-19. RIC answered with a bucket from Ornela Livramento and a triple from Maire Gallagher for a 31-19 lead at the break.
The Anchorwomen's lead ballooned to 14 within the first two minutes of the third quarter, but Keene State scored five in a row with a Sangare layup and Shlimon three-point play to make it 35-26 at the 7:27 mark. A Sangare triple and Kenzie Bennett jumper sliced the deficit even further, making it a 37-31 game with just over five minutes left in the third, but RIC pulled away for good, outscoring KSC 9-1 over the rest of the frame for a 46-32 lead after three. The Anchorwomen stretched a nine-point lead to 14 in the final minute with a three from Brooke Young and a jumper from Guerrier. The Owls could not get their offense going in the fourth quarter, as Rhode Island College scored 15 of the 18 points in the period to win going away.
Inside the Paint
- McPadden made 2-of-3 shots from long distance and moved into eighth place on the all-time KSC list for made threes. She now has 181 for her career, surpassing Bri Barnes' 180.
- The Owls' loss to RIC was just the second in the last 10 head-to-head meetings. It was the Anchorwomen's first win at Spaulding Gymnasium since January 11, 2014.
- Rhode Island College shot 51% (24-of-47) from the floor and made 8-of-18 (44%) from distance. The Owls were at 29% and 31%, respectively. RIC had a wide 40-19 edge on the glass.
- Keene State wraps up their pre-holiday schedule and their season-opening 10 game homestand with a matchup against preseason conference favorite UMass Dartmouth (2-0 LEC) on Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 pm.
- Rhode Island College visits the University of Southern Maine on the same day and time.