KSC Women Advance with 94-82 Overtime Win

'KEENE, N.H.  2/25/03  –  The fourth-seeded Keene State College women's basketball team outscored fifth-seeded UMA-Boston 16-4 in overtime to post a come-from-behind 94-82 victory in a Little East Conference quarterfinal game played Tuesday in Keene.


With the victory, Keene State 16-10 advances to the semifinal round where they will face top seed and host Southern ME in a 8 p.m. game on Friday.  USM (23-3) moved on with a 92-26 win over eighth seed R.I. College.  UMA-Boston record goes to 13-12.


Hayley Alaimo (Ellington, CT) three-point shot got KSC to within two 78-76 with nine seconds to play.  After Felicia Haynes (Hyde Park, MA.) missed two free throw attempts, KSC's Andrea Arsenault (Dover, N.H.) hit a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds to play that knotted the score at 78-all. UMB had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Indya Mitchell's shot at the buzzer was off the mark.


Arsenault, who finished with 22 points, scored five points in the overtime period to help lead the Owls to the victory. 


"We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game and in overtime I thought we just executed very well," said KSC Coach Keith Boucher.  "They gave us an opening and we took advantage of it."


Alaimo had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Julie Tardif (Atkinson, N.H.) finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for KSC.  Returning to the line-up after suffering an ankle injury, Cathy Mechare (Falls Village, CT) seven points and six assists.


Jamila Gales (Boston, MA.), who scored her 1,000th career point late in the first half, had a game high 33 points and 16 rebounds and Andreen Gilpin (Boston, MA.) finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Beacons.