WORCESTER, Mass. - The Keene State College women's basketball team was stunned in the fourth quarter of Saturday afternoon's matchup, as Worcester State University rallied from an 11-point deficit with a 19-0 run to climb all the way back and defeat the Owls 66-61 at Brissette Court.
- Keene State: 0-5
- Worcester State: 3-2
How It Happened
Three Owls landed in double figures on the afternoon, as Hailey Derosia shot 6-for-16, including 2-of-5 from deep, collecting 15 points along with two rebounds and two assists. Kenzie Bennett knocked down 4-of-7 shots, 2-of-3 from three point land, to score 13 points. She added six boards, one assist, one steal and one block. Katie Martineau, who took four shots in the game, all from long distance, sunk each one to collect 12 points and added two rebounds and two assists. Worcester State's Catherine Sweeney and Erin Gallella each had 13 points on the afternoon for the Lancers, who outrebounded Keene State 40-28.
The Owls did not waste any time getting ahead while still searching for their first win of the season, as they went on an 8-0 run with a basket by Jordyn Burke and a three each by Bennett and Derosia putting KSC up 8-2 just over three minutes in. Keene State would maintain the lead for the vast majority of the game, including going up 18-8 with 1:44 left in the first after a triple by Derosia and and layup by Samantha Adamson helped spark six straight points. With just seven seconds to go in the first quarter, Keene State get another triple, this one by Martineau, which gave the Owls a 23-14 lead after the first ten minutes. KSC made four of five threes in the period and shot 9-of-17 overall.
Worcester State opened the second quarter on a small 5-0 run to cut Keene's lead to four with 8:52 to play in the second quarter, but the Owls would respond shortly after, creating a 9-0 run to streak ahead by 13 (35-22) with 4:57 to play. In that span, Adamson converted a pair of layups and Martineau made another triple. Bennett's layup put the Owls up 39-26 with just under four minutes left in the half, and Keene State eventually carried a 41-30 lead into the locker room. The Owls made 16-of-29 (55%) from the field in the opening 20 minutes and 6-of-7 from three point range.
Keene State went to Derosia on the very first possession of the second half to restore a 13-point edge, and the Owls appeared to be in firm control, as Worcester State never got closer than nine in the third quarter. Adamson made a free throw and, after a KSC offensive rebound on the ensuing missed attempt, converted inside for a 53-40 edge at the 1:37 mark. The Owls led 53-42 after three. Early in the final 10 minutes, it was more of the same, as Martineau and Bennett each drilled treys in the first 3:06, leaving KSC up 59-47 with 6:54 to go. However, the Owls did not score again until there were three seconds left. The Lancers wound up scoring 19 consecutive points, turning a 12-point deficit into a game-high seven point lead with 12 seconds to go. WSU scored the opening basket of the game, but surrendered the next eight points and did not lead again until a layup by Gallella made it 60-59 with two minutes to go. After a strong offensive showing over the first three quarters, KSC made just 2-of-12 from the floor in the fourth and committed five turnovers.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State settled for 40% (21-of-52) shooting in the contest, while Worcester, who made 10-of-15 in the final quarter, fnished at 46% (27-of-59). KSC made 8-of-12 (67%) from long range and WSU 4-of-14 (29%), but the Lancers outscored the Owls 42-24 in the paint.
- KSC has dropped three consecutive head-to-head meetings against Worcester State after winning nine of the first ten.
- Martineau's double-digit effort was her second in the past three games, while Adamson's eight points were the first of her collegiate career.
- Keene State will play a rare home game at the beginning of the season, as Smith College visits on Tuesday, November 26 for a 5:00 pm tip-off.
- Worcester State continues their four-game homestand when they welcome Wellesley College on December 2 for a 2:00 pm start time.