|Keene State College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Junior Sandi Purcell (Hudson, N.H.) scored 13 points to lead four players in double figures as the Keene State College Owls used a strong first half to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 62-43 in a Little East Conference women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.
With the win, Keene State improves to 14-7 overall and 7-3 in the Little East Conference. The win is the third in a row for the Owls who are in third place in the Little East Conference standings. Southern Maine drops its third straight to fall to 3-18 and 2-8 in the LEC.
Purcell was 5-for-11 from the floor for the team-high 13. Senior Stephanie D’Annolfo (Tyngsboroguh, Mass.), junior Lydia Vital (Cambridge, Mass.) and senior Amanda Petrow (Methuen, Mass.) each scored 10 points. D’Annolfo had 10 rebounds to earn a double-double. Sophomore Josie Amerson (Hawthorne, N.Y.) added six points and a game-high 12 rebounds off of the bench.
Southern Maine freshman Katie Howe (Goffstown, N.H.) scored a career-high 13 points to lead the Huskies, adding four rebounds and a steal. Sophomore Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec) added seven points and three steals. Junior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) had six points, while freshmen Chantel Eells (Turner, Maine/Leavitt) and Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) each had five points.
KSC came out on fire and shot 52.9 percent from the field to open up a commanding 22-5 lead. Conversely, the Huskies were ice cold from the floor making just 1-of-9. In the second quarter, KSC’s shooting cooled but the Owls headed into the halftime break with a large 40-12 lead.
Southern Maine outscored the Owls 31-22 in the second half, but was unable to get any closer than 19 points as KSC’s first half lead was too great to overcome. KSC finished the game shooting 41.0 percent (25-for-61) from the field. With a 40 percent shooting effort in the second half, USM finished the game shooting 30.5 percent (18-for-59) from the field.