KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College women's basketball team opens their 2019-2020 campaign on Friday night, and with it begins a schedule of 25 games overall, 11 at home, 12 on the road, two in Las Vegas, and eight against teams that made last year's NCAA tournament.
KSC has just four home games prior to the holidays, beginning with a matchup against Middlebury College on November 16 at 2:00 p.m. The Panthers made the NCAA tournament and won a first round game last year. The Owls will then have a pair of contests at Spaulding Gymnasium the week of Thanksgiving, as Smith College visits Keene on November 26 (5:00 p.m.) and Fitchburg State University on November 30 (3:00 p.m.) UMass-Boston visits on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. as KSC closes the semester with their first Little East home game of the season. The Owls are not home again until January after that, and with it comes exclusively conference contests. The University of Southern Maine visits on January 4 at 1:00 p.m., and Eastern Connecticut State University does the same on January 9 for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. The Warriors won last year's LEC title with a road victory at UMass-Dartmouth, but fell to Johns Hopkins University in the first round of the NCAAs.
The first month of 2020 closes with a pair of Wednesday games two weeks apart, with UMass-Dartmouth coming on January 15 at 4:00 p.m. and Castleton University on January 29 at 5:30 p.m. Plymouth State University visits one week later, on February 5 (5:30 p.m.), before the regular season home slate concludes with a pair of Saturday home dates against Rhode Island College on February 15 and Western Connecticut State University on February 22. Both of those games begin at 1:00 p.m.
Keene State's season opener comes tonight, November 8, at 6:30 against Suffolk University in Boston. That is the beginning of four road games in the first five for the Owls, who visit Westfield State University on November 12, New England College on November 18, and Worcester State University on November 23. The Little East opener comes with contest at Castleton on December 4. KSC is not away from home after that until just prior to the new year, when they will travel to Las Vegas for a pair of games at the D3Hoops Classic, both against Massachusetts schools. The first is against perennial power and preseason-No. 1 Amherst College on December 29 (3:00 p.m. ET), and the following day the Owls take on Emmanuel College at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Upon returning to New England, all conference road games await, as a trip to Plymouth State comes on January 7 and one to Rhode Island College is next on January 11. KSC then has a pair of road games consecutively a week and a half later, with Western Connecticut (January 22) and UMass-Boston (January 25) on the schedule away from home. February features three road dates, with the Owls slated to go to Southern Maine on February 1, UMass-Dartmouth on February 12, and Eastern Connecticut on February 19.
Six teams will qualify for the Little East Conference tournament, which will have three rounds, one each on February 25 (quarterfinals), February 27 (semifinals), and February 29 (championship). The top six teams will qualify, with the first and second-seeded teams receiving a bye to the semifinals, where they will host winners of the 4 vs. 5 and 3 vs. 6 contests. NCAA tournament selections are announced on March 2, with the tournament to follow each of the next three weekends, March 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. The Final Four will be hosted at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
|Opponent||All-Time Record||Last KSC Win|
|Suffolk||2-0||Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Keene State 84, Suffolk 54
|Westfield State||7-4||Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Keene State 78, Westfield State 74
|Middlebury||11-4||Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Keene State 59, Middlebury 37
|New England College||3-0||Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Keene State 93, New England College 46
|Worcester State||9-3||Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Keene State 56, Worcester State 49
|Smith||3-1||Saturday, November 21, 2015
Keene State 77, Smith 55
|Fitchburg State||5-0||Monday, February 11, 2019
Keene State 66, Fitchburg State 39
|Castleton||3-2||Friday, November 17, 2000
Keene State 93, Castleton 43
(at Oneonta, N.Y.)
|UMass-Boston||30-12||Saturday, January 28, 2017
Keene State 66, UMass-Boston 55
|Amherst||2-11||Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Keene State 70, Amherst 60
|Southern Maine||12-34||Saturday, January 19, 2019
Keene State 68, Southern Maine 65
|Plymouth State||37-9||Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Keene State 63, Plymouth State 50
|Eastern Connecticut||9-36||Sunday, February 26, 2017
Keene State 71, Eastern Connecticut 58
(Little East Tournament - Championship)
|Rhode Island College||25-17||Saturday, February 3, 2018
Keene State 62, Rhode Island College 50
|UMass-Dartmouth||29-10||Saturday, February 25, 2017
Keene State 66, UMass-Dartmouth 61
(Little East Tournament - Semifinals)
(at Willimantic, Conn.)
|Western Connecticut||13-30||Saturday, February 10, 2018
Keene State 95, Western Connecticut 79