Jan. 17, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior guard Kristin Degou (Newburyport, MA) netted a game-high 20 points to lead the Keene State College women's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 63-55 this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 2-13 overall and 0-5 in LEC play, while the Owls improve to 12-3 and 3-2.
Keene State never trailed in the game and owned an 11-7 lead with 16:32 to play in the opening half, before outscoring UMass Boston, 23-11, over the next 8:35 to take a 34-18 advantage with 7:57 left in the half, fueled by a two of Degou's four three-pointers on the day. The Beacons closed out the half on a torrid 16-3 run, paced by six points from sophomore point guard Stephanie Vasquez (Salem, MA), to pull within 37-34 at the intermission.
UMass Boston stayed within three points and trailed 43-40 with 12:40 left in the game, before the Owls pulled away over the next 10 minutes with an 18-4 stretch, led by six points from Degou, to take a their largest lead of the day at 61-44 with 2:12 remaining in the contest. The Beacons finished the game on an 11-2 burst, led by five points from junior Caroline Ashe (West Roxbury, MA), but ran out of time as Keene State came away with the victory.
Degou was 5-10 from the field in addition to grabbing three rebounds, dishing out two assists and making a steal for the Owls, while junior forward Nicole Simmler (Oxford, MA) scored 17 points on 5-10 from the floor to go with six rebounds, five steals and an assist. Junior forward Jen Cleaveland (Newington, CT) chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes of play.
Freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke) led UMass Boston with 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Ashe finished with 10 points on 4-5 from the floor and added a rebound in nine minutes of action. Vasquez contributed with eight points, five boards, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
The Beacons will be in action again on Tuesday, January 20 when they travel to Gorham, ME to take on nationally-ranked number 15 University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference game at 5:30 p.m., while Keene State travels to Plymouth, NH on January 20 to play league foe Plymouth State University at 5:30 p.m.