HENNIKER, N.H. - Brianna Pierreval had 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals as New England College outscored the Keene State College women's basketball team 62-43 over the final three quarters and went on to post a 73-56 win over the Owls in non-conference action Monday night at Bridges Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 0-4
- New England College: 3-0
How It Happened
Keene State received an 18-point outing from Lilly Shlimon on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three steals, but it was not enough, as the Owls started fast, but then fell behind and never recovered while losing their fourth straight. Hailey Derosia continued a strong season early in her rookie campaign, making 6-of-13 from the floor to score 14 points. She also had three assists, two steals and a block. Tamra Gonyea rounded out the KSC double-figure scorers with 13. Pierreval made eight of nine shots to reach her point total for NEC while Rene Hudson scored 20 points on 6-of-17 shooting. Rebekah Toussaint finished with 12 points and five rebounds for the Pilgrims, who rebounded the Owls 36-15. Kayla Goldring had 11 boards herself.
The Owls started off on the right foot, as Derosia made two jumpers and a three in the first five minutes to help build a 9-3 lead. It was still 11-5 with 4:17 to go in the opening quarter, but KSC was outscored 6-2 the rest of the way and saw their led shrink to two at the end of the first quarter. Layups from Shlimon and Derosia early in the second helped keep the visitors out in front for the moment, but NEC went ahead on a pair of baskets from Asia Jones that made it 21-17 and the Owls never led again. KSC got within 27-25 with 2:46 left before halftime after previously trailing by six (25-19), but New England College scored eight of the next 11 and led 35-28 at the break.
Two Jenny Freedman free throws opened the second half scoring for Keene State, getting the visitors within 35-30, but the Owls never got closer than that for the remainder of the game. Leading 41-36 at the 6:25 mark of the third quarter, NEC effectively put the game away by outscoring the Owls 14-6 over the next 8:39 of game action, building a 55-42 advantage. That burst included the first five points of the final quarter after the home team led by eight after three. A five-point binge from Gonyea trimmed a 17-point deficit to 12 (64-52) with 3:31 remaining, but KSC did not score again until they trailed 71-52.
Inside the Paint
- New England College made 26-of-53 (49%) from the field and Keene State 40% (21-of-52). Derosia, Shlimon and Gonyea combined to make 17-of-32 shots for the Owls, but KSC made just 11-of-21 (52%) from the foul line and NEC 17-of-23 (74%).
- The two teams had not met since 2003. Keene State had won all three previous meetings since 1997.
- Keene State visits Worcester State University on Saturday, November 23 for a 2:00 pm tip-off.
- New England College travels to Smith College on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 pm.