After two very tough losses in Little East Conference play, the Keene State College Women’s basketball team is back in the win column.

The Owls defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston 75-59 at Spaulding Gym on Saturday, Jan. 30. Keene State had lost their previous two LEC games to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Eastern Connecticut State University.

Sophomore Sandi Purcell led the Owls against the Beacons, finishing with 25 points. Purcell shot 50 percent from downtown, making seven out of the 14 three pointers she attempted.

“In the beginning of the game I felt like we started out a little bit slower, so I knew we needed to do something. Once I started rolling everybody started rolling with me and it turned out to be a great win,” Purcell said.

Luke Stergiou / Senior Photographer

Luke Stergiou / Senior Photographer

KSC Head Coach Keith Boucher praised his team’s effort, which made Purcell successful. “They shared the ball and put her in a position to make most of those points,” Boucher said.

In addition, Boucher spoke highly of his squad’s defense. “It was our defense I thought our defense won it for us,” Boucher said.

Overall, the Owls shot 44 percent from the field, compared to the Beacons 32 percent. Keene State also got solid contributions from their two junior forwards Amanda Petrow and Sarah Kober. Petrow finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kober grabbed ten rebounds and had eight points on the afternoon.

The Beacons were led offensively by Ariana Rivera, who finished with 20 points off the bench.

Boucher praised the team’s execution. “We’ve had two tough losses in a row in conference play. I told the kids you played well enough to win. We just didn’t make two or three plays during the game. We did that today,” Boucher said.

KSC improves to 6-3 and is one game behind Western Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut for first place.

Keene State returns to conference play on Senior Day Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. as they host the University of Southern Maine.

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