KEENE, N.H. - Plymouth State University scored nine of the final 12 points in overtime to hand the Keene State College women's basketball team a 57-52 setback in a back-and-forth Little East contest Wednesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 3-17, 1-11 LEC
- Plymouth State: 9-11, 3-9 LEC
How It Happened
Tamra Gonyea made 5-of-7 from the free throw line while finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Emily McPadden chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and a steal, while Lilly Shlimon had nine points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Brittany Roche led Plymouth with 15 points off the bench.
In a game that saw seven ties, seven lead changes and no team ever lead by more than seven, it was the Panthers who opened with an 8-4 advantage nearly five minutes in. The Owls retook the lead after Abby Thut's layup and a trey from McPadden at the 3:16 mark, but PSU closed the quarter by scoring six of the last seven points for a 14-10 lead. KSC tallied the first two points of the second quarter to draw within that margin, but then went the next four minutes without a point until Jasmin Mitchell connected from distance to bring the home team within 17-15. Plymouth State widened their edge to seven (22-15) by scoring the next five points, and eventually took a 26-21 lead to the locker room. The Owls had gotten within 23-19 after Mitchell, who scored eight of KSC's 11 points in the quarter, converted inside, but the Panthers answered with a three from Brooke Beaudet. PSU scored 12 points in the second, nine of which came on triples.
Plymouth maintained the upper hand in the opening minutes of the second half, as Cassidy Emerson's jumper put the visitors up 30-23 at the 6:37 mark. It was still 32-25 Panthers, but a three from McPadden helped spark an 11-0 burst in just 3:26 of game time as the Owls took a 36-32 lead after Thut's bucket with 1:51 left in the third quarter. PSU scored the next four to knot the game up again, but Gonyea's three-point play in the final seconds of the quarter put KSC up 39-36 heading to the fourth. Gonyea connected again, this time from long range, as the Owls went up 42-37 in the first minute of the final quarter, but Plymouth then tallied the next 11 points while holding Keene State scoreless for over seven minutes. Trailing 48-42 with less than three minutes to go, the Owls fought back, as Shlimon scored twice to bring the home team back within one possession before Jordyn Burke tied the game on a jumper with 47 seconds remaining. KSC forced a PSU turnover on the ensuing trip and had a chance for a second straight home buzzer-beater with the shot clock turned off, but Burke's shot did not go down, sending the game to an extra session. The Owls got a free throw from Gonyea to open the scoring in OT, but Plymouth went inside to score the next six for a 54-49 edge with 2:09 to go. Shlimon canned a three to get Keene State right back within two on the next possession, but the Panthers answered with Roche's layup for a 56-52 lead at the 1:19 mark and the Owls did not score again.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State shot 29% (17-of-58) in the contest, while Plymouth finished at 35% (23-of-65) from the field. The Panthers outrebounded the Owls 42-32, including 11-6 on the offensive end. Emerson finished with a game-high 17 rebounds for the visitors.
- It was KSC's second overtime contest of the year, as they also needed extra time against Castleton University on January 10. The Owls have had nine contests decided by single digits.
- Plymouth State had not won at Spaulding Gymnasium since 2003.
- The Owls go to Castleton for a 1:00 pm tip-off on Saturday, February 2.
- Plymouth State hosts Western Connecticut State University on the same day and time.