WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATED BY KEENE STATE, 65-42KEENE, NH - Junior guard Alyssa Sapp (Hartford,VT) netted a game-high 19 points to lead Keene State College to a 65-42 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston women's basketball team this afternoon at the Spaulding Gymnasium on the campus of Keene State. The Owls improve to 19-6 on the season, 9-5 in LEC play while the Beacons drop to 5-20 overall, 2-12 in the LEC.
The Beacons were able to keep things close early on in the first half but could not keep pace with the Owls for very long. With 13:25 to play in the half, freshman guard Laniece Langford (Boston, MA/Jeremiah E. Burke) converted a pair of free throws to give UMass Boston its final lead of the game, 10-8. Following the two freebies, the Owls went on a 21-5 run capped by a trifecta by Sapp with 2:10 remaining in the half. The Beacons were able to score the last four points of the stanza to pull within 10 points heading into the locker rooms to make it 29-19, Keene.
Keene opened the second half on a blazing 12-0 run that spanned over the first six minutes of action. The spurt was fueled by five points from Sapp and five points from junior forward Nicole Simmler (Oxford, MA) to put the Owls on top 41-19 with 14:01 to play in the game.
A layup by freshman forward Molly Rattigan (Dorchester, MA) with 10:37 to play would pull the Beacons within 17 points of the home squad at 42-25, but it was the closest UMass Boston would get as Keene coasted to the 65-42 conference victory.
On the afternoon, Sapp was 6 of 12 from the floor and shot an impressive 66.6% from three point range (4-6) to go along with three rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes of action. Simmler finished with eight points and a game high nine rebounds.
Langford ended the game with eight points for the Beacons, shooting 100% from the free throw line (6-6) while collecting team highs in rebounds (6), steals (3) and assists (3). Senior forward Leanne Meninger (Everett, MA) played well in the last regular season game of her career collecting eight points on 4-6 shooting from the field, while grabbing five boards in 24 minutes of action. The game was the senior's 103rd of her career, a program record.
Both schools will be back in action on Tuesday, February 24 playing in the first round of the Little East Conference tournament. \#4 Keene State College hosts in-state rival \#5 Plymouth State University at 5:30 p.m. \#7 UMass Boston travels to Danbury, CT to face \#2 Western Connecticut State University at 6:00 p.m.