Keene State Falls in Season Opener at Suffolk, 59-50

Keene State Falls in Season Opener at Suffolk, 59-50

BOSTON, Mass. - Hailey Derosia finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals in her first game as an Owl, but the Keene State College women's basketball team lost to Suffolk University 59-50 on Friday night at Smith Court to kick off the 2019-2020 season.

Records

  • Keene State:  0-1
  • Suffolk:  1-0

How It Happened

In addition to Derosia, Jordyn Burke and Jenny Freedman each scored 11 points for the Owls, with the former doing so on 4-of-4 shooting.  She also grabbed four rebounds.  Kenzie Bennett had seven points and five rebounds for KSC, who was undone by turnovers.  Jenni-Rose DiCecco paced Suffolk with 25 points, but was held to just 7-of-19 from the floor and 2-of-11 from three.  She did also have five assists, five steals and four rebounds.  Gabriella DeComo was the only other Ram in double-figures, as she finished with 16.  Together, DiCecco and DeComo combined to score 41 of the Suffolk's 59 points.

Keene State started off on the right track, as they ran out to an 8-1 lead not even three minutes in, with Bennett connecting on a three and a jumper on consecutive possessions to complete the surge.  The scoring slowed considerably after that, but the Rams also had trouble finding the basket.  Tamra Gonyea's layup at the 4:14 mark had the Owls up 10-6, and two free throws from Jenny Freedman in the final seconds had KSC up 12-8 after one.  The second frame started much the same as the first, with a layup from Burke and a three from Hien Thach in the opening 3:12 bumping the Keene State lead up to 17-10.  However, the Owls then went nearly five minutes without a point, and the next time they did score, found themselves trailing 20-18 with 1:51 left in the first half.  The Rams used a 7-0 run after that to lead 27-18 at the break, and overall outscored KSC 19-6 in the second 10 minutes.

DiCecco scored the opening basket of the second half for Suffolk for a double-digit lead, but Keene State found their offense coming out of the locker room, as they embarked on an 11-3 burst over the next four minutes to draw back within three (32-29).  During that run, Derosia had a pair of buckets and Burke capped it with a jumper and free throw after being fouled.  However, the Owls struggled to get over the hump, and fell back behind by 10 after the home team notched the next seven points, including DeComo's three with 4:25 left in the third.  Lauren Hill's jumper a few minutes later made it a 41-30 lead for Suffolk, but KSC did hang around, as five points in the final minute, including a three by Thach, made it a six-point game entering the fourth.  The Rams had an answer to counter every time the Owls inched closer, as they scored the initial five points of the final quarter to push the lead to 11 and later got a triple from DeComo to make it 49-39 after KSC had just made it a seven-point game with 5:57 to go.  Derosia's triple just over a minute later made it 49-42, keeping the deficit the same, but Suffolk tallied the next six to pull away for good, leading 55-42 at the 1:59 mark.  The closest Keene State got after that was 57-50 with 23 seconds to go.

The Owls shot 36.4% (16-of-44) in the game and held Suffolk to 18-of-57 (32%), but KSC was outrebounded 40-35, including 15-8 on the offensive end, and had seven more turnovers while also shooting 14-of-23 (61%) at the foul line.

Inside the Paint

  • The game marked the collegiate debut of four Owls:  Derosia, Katie Martineau, Molly Grant and Samantha Adamson.
  • Keene State had not faced the Rams since 2010, when they posted an 84-54 drubbing in the quarterfinals of the New England ECAC tournament.  The Owls won the first two in the all-time series before losing tonight.

Up Next

  • KSC visits Westfield State University on Tuesday, November 12 for a 6:00 pm tip-off.
  • Suffolk, a member of the GNAC that went 19-8 last season before falling in the conference quarterfinals, has a quick turnaround, as they go to Western New England University tomorrow, November 9, at 1:00 pm.