NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Emily McPadden scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from deep, but it was not enough as the Keene State College women's basketball team fell to 20th-ranked University of Scranton 72-45 on Saturday afternoon in the Music City Classic at Volunteer State Community College.
- Keene State: 2-9
- No. 20 Scranton: 11-1
How It Happened
In addition to McPadden's team-leading 20 points, she added six rebounds and an assist. Lilly Shlimon had seven points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Hien Thach had five points, a career-high tying five assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Bridgette Mann led the Royals with 15 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal. Katie Broderick had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Julia Gantz came off the bench to record 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Scranton roared out of the gates to score 19 of the game's first 21 points, including 17 straight after the game was tied 2-2. They hit three triples during that stretch, including one each from Broderick and Gantz, and also got a traditional three point play from Katie Feehery with 3:24 left in the first quarter. McPadden hit two threes in a little over a minute to stop the surge, but the Owls trailed 23-8 after one. Three more triples, one from Thach and another two from McPadden early in the second trimmed the Owls' deficit to 27-17 at the 7:17 mark, but Scranton ended the quarter on a 15-4 surge, capped by Broderick's buzzer-beating three, to lead 42-21 at the break.
McPadden's fifth three of the game and a layup from Abby Thut gave the Owls a quick six points in the first two minutes of the third quarter, trimming the deficit to 42-26 and forcing the Royals to call a timeout. Scranton let the Owls get no closer after that, getting a jumper from Mann to go up 47-28 and later a three from Ava Gammo to go up 52-30 halfway through the third quarter. A three from Gantz and a layup from Emily Sheehan late in the quarter put the Royals up 59-34 after three. Keene State scored the first four points of the final quarter, but Scranton scored the next nine and cruised from there to the 72-45 win.
Inside the Paint
- Keene State was hot from three for the second straight game. After canning 10-of-24 against Marywood yesterday, they connected on 8-of-17 (47%) today. Overall, the Owls shot 38% from the field (17-of-45). Scranton also was on point from distance, connecting on 10-of-20 (50%). The Royals shot 48% (30-of-62) for the game. The game only featured eight total free throws. Keene State made 3-of-6 and Scranton was a perfect 2-of-2.
- The Royals controlled the glass 38-24.
- Keene State committed 15 turnovers to Scranton's 10. The Royals took advantage, outscoring KSC off turnovers 19-5.
- It was the Owls' first ever meeting with Scranton and the second consecutive day they saw an opponent for the first time (Marywood yesterday).
- Keene State returns to New England and will travel to Worcester State on Wednesday, January 3 for a 7:00 pm tip-off.
- Scranton is off until Saturday, January 6 when they will host Elizabethtown at 4:00 pm.