Hot Shooting Propels Women's Basketball Past Middlebury

Hot Shooting Propels Women's Basketball Past Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Keene State women's basketball program went 17-for-32 (53.1%) from the field and out rebounded the Panthers 21-14 in the first half en route to a 59-37 victory over Middlebury in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night in Pepin Gymnasium. 


  • Keene State: 13-7, 6-3 LEC
  • Middlebury: 14-5, 4-2 NESCAC


"We obviously executed well offensively tonight, but our defense was the difference. We held them to five points in the second and eight in the third, so that's a credit to our defense. Amanda played well around the basket, Steph was all over the floor and Emily was shooting well. Overall, it was one of the best games we have had. Now we need to figure out how to bring that back to our home court." -- Head Coach Keith Boucher

How It Happened 

Emily McPadden scored in double-digit figures for the second consecutive game, as the sophomore guard went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc for 18 points with three rebounds. Senior forward Stephanie D'Annolfo tallied 12 points and seven rebounds with one assist and three steals. Senior forward Amanda Petrow rounded out the double-digit figures for the Owls, chipping in 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting with seven rebounds.  

Kira Waldman finished with a team-high 12 points for the Panthers on 3-for-4 shooting from the three-point line, as Besty Knox added 11 points and Catherine Harrison pulled down seven rebounds and recorded two blocks. 

The Owls came out firing, shooting 10-for-16 (62.5%) during the first quarter. Keene State earned a 12-9 edge off off a layup from Petrow, before back-to-back threes from freshman forward Rachel Bonnanzio and junior guard Lydia Vital ballooned the Owls' lead to 18-9 with 2:24 on the clock. D'Annolfo chipped in a layup to expand the lead, yet the Panthers responded with a trey from Waldman to cut Middlebury's deficit to eight with 1:16 to go, before McPadden drilled the final basket of the stanza with a jump shot from the top of the key to make it, 22-12, Keene State.  

Keene State opened the second with a 12-2 run to earn a 20 point lead with 5:32 on the clock. The Owls kept their offensive momentum going, as Petrow tallied two more baskets before time expired, yet the Panthers tallied the final points of the quarter, as Kira Waldman hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining, to send both teams into halftime with the Keene State advantage, 38-17.

In the third quarter, a three-pointer by Purcell put the Owls ahead by 25 points with 4:47 to go. Middlebury would tally the next four points with a free throw and trey from Waldman to pull within 21 points, but five points from McPadden in the remaining 1:11 kept Keene State on top, 49-25, at the end of the third. 

The Panthers would come as close as 18 points in the fourth quarter, but the Owls' defense stayed tough to seal the non-conference win in the final minutes.  

Inside the Paint

  • Keene State and Middlebury hold an all-time series of 11-2. 
  • The Owls finished 22-of-58 (37.9%) from the field, as the Panthers shot 14-for-51 (27.5%) from the floor. 
  • Keene State was dominate on the glass, holding a 42-30 edge over Middlebury. 
  • McPadden was just two points shy of her career-high of 20 points. 

Up Next 

  • Keene State will travel to Southern Maine on Saturday, February 4th to resume their LEC action for a 3:00 p.m. tilt. 
  • Middlebury will host Colby on Friday, February 3rd for a 7:00 p.m. NESCAC matchup.