PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Emily McPadden scored a season-high 22 points on 62% shooting from the field as the Keene State College women's basketball team fell 67-54 at Plymouth State University in LEC action Tuesday evening at Foley Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-11, 0-5 LEC
- Plymouth State: 6-7, 1-5 LEC
How It Happened
McPadden reached 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-11 from long distance. She added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Lilly Shlimon finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Elizabeth McLaughlin led Plymouth with 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Owls got off to a slow start, as the Panthers scored the initial six points and held KSC off the board until Shlimon's layup at the 4:35 mark of the first quarter. Trailing 10-2, a pair of McPadden triples helped get Keene State back within five late in the opening period, but Plymouth answered with a bucket to go up 17-10 after one. Two more McPadden threes sparked a 9-2 run to open the second quarter as the Owls forged a 19-19 tie, but the Panthers scored the next six to go up by that margin at the 4:39 mark. McPadden's fifth three of the half made it 25-22 with just over three minutes to go before PSU led 28-22 at the break.
It was still a six point game (34-28) after yet one more McPadden triple a little over three minutes into the third quarter, but the hosts pulled away after that, as a 6-0 run gave them a 12-point advantage at the 3:42 mark. KSC trailed 46-32 after three. Shlimon canned a pair of jumpers and two free throws over the first four minutes of the final quarter as the Owls hung around, getting back within 10 at the 6:09 mark, but they never got closer than that until there were less than two minutes left. Shlimon's three and layup on consecutive possessions made it 58-50 with 1:44 to go, but McLaughlin answered with a jumper and Plymouth made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to finish off the win.
Inside the Paint
- McPadden's scoring output was two shy of her career-high of 24 set on November 15, 2016 against Westfield State. Her six triples on the night also bring her to 190 for her career, just one shy of tying Sara Laudano '12 for seventh on KSC women's basketball's all-time threes list. She is on pace to eclipse 200.
- McPadden and Shlimon combined for 40 points on 13-of-26 shooting from the field in the contest, but KSC as a team connected on 38% (19-of-50) overall, while Plymouth shot at a 42% (21-of-50) clip. The Panthers made 22-of-25 (88%) free throws and the Owls 9-of-17 (53%).
- The Owls had not lost to Plymouth since January 26, 2010 when they fell 62-59 on the road. They had won the previous 18 head-to-head meetings.
- Keene State returns home for the first time since December 8 to take on Little East foe Castleton University on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 pm. KSC will be accepting non-perishable food donations for The Hungry Owl in lieu of admission to the game.
- Plymouth State visits UMass Boston on the same day and time.