HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC sophomore guard Jordyn
Gauvin (Fall River, MA) narrowly missed a double-double with 12
points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Senior guard Jessa Rubera
(Newton, MA) was also in double figures with 11 points and three
rebounds in the loss for the Anchorwomen.
Sophomore forward Kenzie
Bennett (Lake George, NY) paced Keene State with a game-high 18
points and eight rebounds.
Freshman forward Abby Thut
(North Ferrisburg, VT) was also in double figures with 13 points
and six boards.
RIC jumped out to an early 9-2
lead after a jumper from Rubera with 5:25 left in the first quarter.
Keene responded with a 14-4 run to
take a 16-13 advantage on a layup from sophomore guard Hien Thach
(Burlington, VT) with just over a minute left in the first. The
host Owls held a 16-15 lead at the first break.
The Owls used a 10-2 run to start
the second quarter before taking a 26-21 lead heading into the
locker room at halftime.
Keene State took its first
double-digit advantage of the second half when a layup from Bennett
made the score 32-21 with 6:58 left in the third quarter. The Owls
led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but RIC cut into
the deficit to close the gap to just three points, 43-40 after three
quarters of play.
Keene State opened the fourth
quarter on a 12-2 run, which was capped by a layup from senior guard
Sandi Purcell (Hudson, NH) with 5:44 remaining in the contest
and led the rest of the way.