KEENE, N.H. - Castleton University tied the game in the final minute of regulation and went on to score all 12 points of overtime to record a 57-45 Little East win over the Keene State College women's basketball team Thursday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 2-12, 0-6 LEC
- Castleton: 12-3, 4-2 LEC
How It Happened
Kenzie Bennett and Lilly Shlimon each had 10 points to lead the Owls, with Bennett adding a team-high seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block, and Shlimon six rebounds and two steals. Jenny Freedman had five assists. Brooke Raiche scored 30 of Castleton's 57 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Kaitlyn Toomey had 14 rebounds.
It was a low-scoring opening half, as the teams combined for just 34 points, 15 coming in the opening quarter. An old fashioned three-point play from Tamra Gonyea just 31 seconds in had KSC on the board first, but the Spartans scored the next four for their first lead at the 5:45 mark. The Owls ended an over seven minute scoring drought with Shlimon's layup that made it 5-4 KSC and, later, Bennett's bucket and free throw put the Owls up 9-6 in the final two minutes of the quarter, which it remained heading to the second. Jasmin Mitchell's layup nearly four minutes in had KSC up 11-8, but the visiting Spartans used a 12-3 run to go up six heading into the break. Abbie Lesure's three and Raiche's layup put CU ahead 17-12 with 1:52 to go, and they led 20-14 at halftime.
The Owls offense heated up in the third quarter, as they hit 8-of-18 shots from the floor to get within one heading to the fourth after Castleton had built an eight-point advantage earlier in the period. A Shlimon basket quickly opened the second half scoring, and later, a three from her had KSC within 23-19 at the 7:44 mark. Raiche later buried a trey of her own as Castleton went ahead 27-19, but Abby Thut and Bennett layups kept Keene State within reach. The Spartans eventually led 36-30 with 1:17 left, but the Owls scored the final five points, capped by McPadden's three as the clock wound down to get within 36-35 after three. It was back-and-forth from there. Two Bennett free throws early in the fourth gave KSC the lead back, but Castleton regained a 40-38 edge with 5:35 left after two Raiche free throws. Shlimon quickly answered, as her bucket and free throw put the Owls up one. A triple from McPadden with 1:26 to go broke a 42-42 tie and put KSC up three, but after the Owls could not convert in the final minute, Alexis Quenneville's triple forged another deadlock at 45-45 with 18 seconds to go. Keene State had a chance to win at the buzzer, but could not convert. Overtime was all Castleton, as Raiche's three-point play kicked things off and the Spartans never looked back. Quenneville canned another three with 2:20 left for a 53-45 CU lead, and the Spartans wound up scoring the game's final 15 points.
Inside the Paint
- The Owls shot 24% (15-of-62) from the floor, while Castleton connected at a 32% clip (19-of-59).
- KSC had a 22-4 advantage in bench points.
- Each team pulled down 40 rebounds, but the Owls had 14 offensive boards to CU's nine.
- It was KSC's first home game since December 8.
- Keene State concludes a three-game week by traveling to Eastern Connecticut State University for an LEC matchup on Saturday, January 12 at 3:00 pm.
- Castleton hosts UMass Dartmouth on the same day at 2:00 pm.