Women's Basketball Loses To Keene State

January 29, 2009

Middlebury fell to Keene State in a closely contested non-league match-up 48-44 at Pepin Gym Thursday night. The game was marred by 52 combined turnovers, as both teams shot nearly identically from the floor. The Panthers hit 15 of 49 shots, while the Owls connected on 15 of 50 from the field. With the win, Keene State improves to 15-4 on the year. Middlebury (7-11) returns to NESCAC action as they travel to Williams for a Saturday afternoon contest.

The first half saw five lead changes as neither team could muster a lead bigger than three points before a lay-up by Keene's Michele Boudreau gave the Owls a 19-15 lead with 2:01 left in the half. Kaitlyn Fallon cut the lead to 19-17 on a lay-up with 35 seconds remaining. The basket highlighted a big first half for Fallon, as she went 3 for 3 from the field and grabbed six of her game-high 15 rebounds.

The Panthers tied the game at 19 apiece in the second on a pair of free throws by Elissa Goeke at the 19:14 mark. Keene State responded with a three by Kristin Degou, building their lead to as many as eight points with 8:14 left in the game. Middlebury went on a 13-4 run to retake the lead with 3:12 left on the clock. Emily Johnson keyed the comeback, adding seven points during the run, including a traditional three-point play for the one-point lead.

Boudreau hit a pair from the line to recapture the lead with 2:59 left. Keene State continued to hit their free throws down the stretch, hitting their next six from the line for a 48-42 lead before Lauren Sanchez hit a jumper, cutting the lead to 48-44 with nine seconds on the clock. The Panthers fouled immediately, sending the Owls to the line. Keene State missed both free throws, but the Panthers could not get off a shot in the final seconds.

Johnson led the Panthers with 12 points, as Sanchez chipped in 10. Fallon netted eight points to go with her game-high 15 rebounds. Four Owls were in double-digits, highlighted by Boudreau's dozen, as Degou, Nicole Simmler and Alyssa Sapp each scored 10 in the victory.