Warriors' Strong Start Does In Owl Women, 65-47

KEENE, N.H. - Eastern Connecticut State University scored the first six points, led 20-8 after one, and 34-16 at halftime in an eventual 65-47 Little East Conference win over the Keene State College women's basketball team Thursday evening at Spaulding Gymnasium.

Records

  • Keene State:  3-11, 2-3 LEC
  • Eastern Connecticut:  10-2, 4-0 LEC

How It Happened

Both teams shot an identical 23-of-65 (35%) from the field and Keene State had a 47-41 rebounding edge, but the Owls were an ice cold 1-of-14 from three-point land and never attempted a free throw in the game.  All 12 KSC players who dressed for the game scored, but nobody reached double-figures.  Samantha Adamson was the leading scorer with eight points.  Lilly Shlimon had six points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Abby Grandmaison grabbed 10 rebounds and added six points.  Anna Barry led Eastern Connecticut with a 13 point, 11 rebound double-double.  Danielle O'Brien, Lizzy Cretella, and Mariah Dunn finished with 11 points apiece for the Warriors, who won their sixth straight.

Barry and Sabrina LeMere both scored in the opening minute as ECSU went ahead quickly and was never seriously threatened after using an 11-0 first quarter run to stretch a two-point lead (8-6) to 19-6 on Danielle O'Brien's three at the 1:39 mark.  The Owls got back-to-back buckets from Shlimon and Michelle LaBonte early in the second quarter to get within 20-12, and Leah Pelkey's stick back of a missed three at the 7:32 mark made it 23-14, but KSC then managed just two points in the rest of the half while being outscored 11-2.  The Owls made 4-of-20 shots in the second quarter and trailed 34-16 at halftime.

Three consecutive layups - one each from Arianna Hebert, Adamson, and Hailey Derosia - helped KSC score eight consecutive points early in the third quarter to chip a 20-point deficit to 36-24, but the Warriors got five points in a row from Cretella on back-to-back possessions to end any Owl momentum.  Keene State made 9-of-15 shots in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, easily their highest percentage in any quarter, but only were able to trim Eastern Connecticut's lead by one point.  Grandmaison and Shlimon scored inside midway through the fourth to make it a 55-40 game at the 6:32 mark, but that was as close as the Owls got, as Dunn made a three 14 seconds later.

Inside the Paint

  • ECSU was outrebounded for the first time since December 7 against then-No. 1 Amherst.  The Warriors had controlled the glass in the first five games of their winning streak.  The two teams combined for 39 offensive rebounds (KSC 20, ECSU 19), but turned those into just 30 points total (ECSU 16, KSC 14).
  • Grandmaison, a transfer from Western New England University, was making her first appearance as an Owl.
  • KSC had made at least three triples in every game this season before making one tonight.
  • The Owls have lost five in a row against Eastern Connecticut since a pair of blowout wins at Geissler Gymnasium in 2017, the second of which won KSC their first LEC tournament title.

Up Next

  • Keene State visits first-place Rhode Island College, who has won nine straight games, on Saturday (January 11) for a 1:00 pm tip-off.
  • Eastern Connecticut travels to Plymouth State University (3-8, 0-4 LEC) on the same day and time.