KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College women's basketball team closed the 2018-2019 season with an 80-50 loss to Eastern Connecticut State University in LEC action Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 4-21, 1-15 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut: 17-8, 12-4 LEC
How It Happened
Tamra Gonyea paced the Owls with 14 points and four rebounds on the afternoon. Emily McPadden had nine points, three rebounds and an assist, while Lilly Shlimon had eight points, seven rebounds and two assists. Anna Barry and Mya Villard led the Warriors, who have won four straight, with 15 points apiece.
KSC got the opening basket through Shlimon, but ECSU answered with a three from Julie Keckler that sparked a 12-0 run over the next 3:06 as the visitors went up 12-2 less than four minutes in. The Owls got back within 17-10 after a Shlimon layup and McPadden free throw, but the Warriors scored the next four and had a 21-12 lead after one. Keene State began the second quarter on a run, as Abby Thut and Shlimon both scored to bring the home team within five (21-16) less than two minutes in. Eastern Connecticut halted the Owls' momentum for the moment, as they restored their advantage to 27-20 at the 5:14 mark, but Gonyea and McPadden each canned triples in the next two minutes as KSC drew within one (27-26) with 3:45 remaining in the half. Villard scored inside to stop the surge, though, and ECSU wound up scoring the final seven points of the period for a 34-26 halftime lead. KSC cooled off the Warriors in the second quarter, as they shot 33% after making 54% of their shots in the opening ten minutes.
Eastern Connecticut pulled away in the second half, as they scored the first six points (extending their run that began prior to the break to 13-0) for a 14-point lead a little less than three minutes in. A triple from McPadden and five consecutive points from Gonyea tried to help keep Keene State in it, as the hosts drew within 42-34 at the 5:09 mark, but ECSU went to Villard after a timeout on the next possession. Gonyea scored again and McPadden made two from the charity stripe as Keene State was still within six (44-38) with 3:41 left in the third, but the Warriors closed the quarter on a 15-2 burst to take command. The visitors wound up shooting 71% (12-of-17) in the period while taking a 59-40 lead to the fourth. Eastern Connecticut's offense did not slow down in the final 10 minutes, as they followed their third quarter performance with a 59% (7-of-12) effort from the floor to prevent any KSC comeback. The Warriors scored the first five points of the period and the Owls never threatened after that.
Inside the Paint
- McPadden, who was honored before the game on Senior Day, finishes her career with 870 points and 212 made three-pointers. The long ball output is good for fourth on KSC's all-time women's basketball list. McPadden passed both Hayley Alaimo '03 (210) and Christan Wojtas '15 (211) for that spot after making a pair of threes in today's game.
- Shlimon finishes the season averaging a team-best 11 points per game. She wound up scoring in double-figures 10 times since January 5.
- Gonyea wrapped up the campaign having scored 32 points on 13-of-28 shooting (4-of-11 from long range) in the last two games.
- The Owls have not defeated the Warriors at home since 2010.
- Keene State sees its season end.
- Eastern Connecticut will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament and will play the winner of the quarterfinal between third-seeded University of Southern Maine and sixth-seeded Castleton University in the semifinals on Friday, February 22 at UMass Dartmouth.