Keene State's Hot Hands Deal Women's Basketball 67-54 Setback in LEC Opener

Keene State's Hot Hands Deal Women's Basketball 67-54 Setback in LEC Opener

DARTMOUTH, Mass. – With 36 points from beyond the arc, Keene State put forth a 12-of-34 (35 percent) shooting performance from 3-point range to deal University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's basketball a 67-54 setback in the Little East Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday evening at the Tripp Center.

The Basics

Score: Keene State 67, UMass Dartmouth 54
Keene State (6-3, 1-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (6-1, 0-1 LEC) 

How it Happened

Both teams combined for just 20 points in the opening quarter, but Keene State junior Sandi Purcell (Hudson, N.H.) kicked off her scoring spree from deep right from the beginning. Purcell connected for three 3-pointers to register all nine of her team's points in the first frame and post the Owls' only three field goals. A pair of Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) foul shots gave UMass Dartmouth its largest lead of the night at five points midway through the second quarter, but both squads could muster only eight field goals apiece in the stone-cold first half.

The Owls caught fire midway through the third quarter, when sophomore Emily McPadden (Tyngsboro, Mass.) rattled off eight straight points to erase the hosts' one-point lead and put Keene State up five. An additional pair of 3-pointers by Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) upped the visitors' advantage to nine before the end of the stanza. In the fourth, UMass Dartmouth narrowed its deficit to four as junior Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) stepped out to connect on back-to-back long-range baskets, but the Owls finished with 16 points off 15 Corsair turnovers in the second half and sealed the game on final-minute free throws.

Inside the Numbers

  • Purcell and McPadden combined for nine of Keene State's 12 3-pointers, as Purcell posted a game-high 26 points and McPadden finished with 19. Vital rounded out the hot hands with 14 points.
  • Kutil paced UMass Dartmouth with 18 points, going 6-of-9 (66 percent) from the field for her highest field goal percentage of the season.
  • Sophomore Kailyn Milligan (Lakeville, Mass.) posted a career-high 11 points (4-for-9 from the field) and joined Kutil for the Corsairs' only additional 3-pointer on the contest.
  •  Douty collected a career- and game-high nine rebounds, while Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) snagged eight including five on the offensive end.
  • Despite a season-low field goal percentage, UMass Dartmouth went 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) from the charity stripe as a unit, the highest team free-throw performance since the Corsairs went 13-of-13 on Dec. 3, 2015 at Worcester State.
  • Keene State continues to have UMass Dartmouth's number, as the Owls rise to 32-8 all-time against Corsair teams.

Up Next

Both teams will gear up for the second LEC contests on Saturday, as UMass Dartmouth is at Plymouth State at 1 p.m. and Keene State hosts UMass Boston at the same time.