Bennett's Big Game Leads KSC Against Marywood

Kenzie Bennett tied her career high with 15 points against Marywood.
Kenzie Bennett tied her career high with 15 points against Marywood.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Keene State College women's basketball team started strong, but were overcome in the final three quarters by Marywood University in a 60-42 loss on Friday afternoon at Volunteer State Community College at the Music City Classic.
  • Keene State:  2-8
  • Marywood:  3-7
How It Happened
Kenzie Bennett was the lone Owl in double-figures, matching her career high with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three point range.  She added a team-best seven rebounds and two steals.  Emily McPadden had nine points, three rebounds and an assist, while Lilly Shlimon added eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Marywood, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania and a member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference, was paced by Gab Giordano's 19 point, 10 rebound double-double.  She added two assists and two steals.  Erika Bistran added 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Natasha Hessling had 10 points, two rebounds and a steal.
Much like in their previous game 20 days ago, Keene State got off to a strong start, which was powered by the long ball.  The Owls went 5-for-9 from deep in the first quarter, with Bennett going 3-for-4.  With Marywood leading 11-6 at the 5:18 mark, KSC made a triple in each of their next three possessions to take a 15-11 lead with 3:44 to go in the quarter.  The Owls extended the advantage to 19-11 and led 20-13 after one.  Another Bennett triple gave KSC a 23-16 lead early in the second, but it was all Marywood from there in the quarter, as the Pacers went on an extended 18-4 run to close the half capped by a three from Giordano to lead 34-27.  Giordano scored 11 points alone in the quarter.
Keene State had the three working again early in the third quarter, as triples from McPadden and Bennett trimmed to Pacers' lead to 40-34 with 7:35 left, but Marywood scored the next nine consecutive points in a four minute span for a 15-point lead (49-34).  The Pacers held the Owls to just three field goals (all from deep) in the quarter and led 51-37 after three.  A triple from Shlimon to open the fourth trimmed the deficit to 51-40, but Marywood closed the game on a 9-2 run from there in a low-scoring fourth quarter.
Inside the Paint
  • Marywood shot 41% from the field (24-for-58) and 8-for-22 from deep in the game.  The Owls made just 28% from the field (15-for-53).  10 of those makes came from behind the arc, where they were 10-of-24 (42%).
  • Both teams struggled in limited opportunities at the charity stripe, as the Owls made 2-of-6 (33%) and Marywood 4-of-11 (36%).
  • Marywood controlled the glass 47-30, including 12-4 on the offensive end.  The Pacers outscored KSC 18-8 in the paint.
  • It was the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Up Next
  • Keene State stays in Nashville and will play No. 20 Scranton on Saturday, December 30 at 12:00 pm EST.
  • Marywood's second game in the Music City Classic will also be tomorrow.  They will tip-off against Wheaton (Ill.) at 8:00 pm EST.