Alaimo Leads Owls over NEC 65-53

'HENNIKER, N.H. 1/23/03 –  Hayley Alaimo (Ellington, CT) had 21 points and Julie Tardif (Atkinson, N.H.) finished with 15 points to lead the Keene State College women's basketball team to a 65-53 victory over New England College in a non-conference game played on Thursday night.


It was the sixth victory in the last seven games for KSC (11-5). NEC's record now stands at 6-6.

Despite a poor shooting first half the Owls were able to take a 28-21 lead at the break.  Strong defensive play and the three-point shooting of Alaimo enabled KSC to extend their lead in the second half.


"I thought Bekka Hopkins did a good job defensively on their top shooter Amy Hendricks," said KSC Coach Keith Boucher.  Our upperclassmen also stepped up tonight."


Along with seniors Alaimo and Tradif, junior Andrea Arsenault (Dover, N.H.) finished with 11 points to go along with her team best 10 rebounds.  Freshman Stacey Morse (Lebanon, N.H.) also added 10 points.

Johanna Rodden topped NEC with 12 points while Hendricks finished with 11 points.


KSC has not lost to the Pilgrims in the six game series between the two teams.The Owls return home to face UMA-Boston in a key LEC game on Saturday (1 p.m.).