Women's Hoop Handed 55-40 Setback By Middlebury

Women's Hoop Handed 55-40 Setback By Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.--Sophomore Tamra Gonyea scored a career high 16 points as the Keene State College women's basketball team fell 55-40 to Middlebury College at Pepin Gym on Saturday afternoon.


  • Keene State: 2-9
  • Middlebury: 9-0

How it Happened         

Tamra Gonyea led the Owls with 16 points, while Lilly Shlimon chipped in with seven points and a team-best nine rebounds.

Keene State quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead just 1:08 into the opening quarter on a three-point field goal by Emily McPadden. Middlebury tallied 10 of the next 11 points, taking a 10-6 edge after one quarter on a three from Emily Wander.

The hosts recorded the initial 10 points of the second quarter, including six by Betsy Knox, for a 20-6 advantage with 5:23 left before halftime. On the ensuing possession, a three by Shlimon ended the Owls' scoreless streak of 13:49, pulling the visitors to within 20-9. The Panther lead hovered around the double-digit mark over the final minutes of the quarter, before a layup by Shlimon pulled the Owls to within 24-15 at the halftime break.

Out of the locker room, Keene State chipped away at the deficit, moving to within 27-19 on a pair of free throws from Hien Thach at the 4:51 mark. The Panthers put together a 14-3 run over the next 4:46, highlighted by six points from Maya Davis, for a 41-22 advantage. A running banked-in three by Keene State's Jenny Freedman as the quarter buzzer sounded pulled the visitors to within 41-25 after three stanzas.

The Owls tallied the first basket of the final quarter, before Middlebury rattled off an 11-0 run covering 3:04 of action, giving the hosts their largest lead at 52-27 on two charity tosses by Knox with 6:38 left. Keene State tallied 13 of the final 16 points for the 55-40 final score.

Davis led the Panthers with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Knox recorded 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Emily Wander scored six points, while Lily Kuntz pulled down eight boards.

Inside the Paint

  • This was the first road game of the season for Keene State.   After 10 straight home contests to open the year, the Owls will play 10 of their final 15 games (including today's contest) away from home.
  • Keene State has not defeated the Panthers since January 2017, but leads the all-time series 11-4.
  • Gonyea's previous career high was 12, set against Southern Maine last season.  

Up Next

  • The Owls are off until January 5, when they will resume Little East Conference play with a trip to the University of Southern Maine at 1 p.m.
  • The Panthers travel to Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.) on December 31.

Portions of this release courtesy Middlebury College.