BOSTON, Mass. – With three players finishing in double-figures including a game-high 19 points from Courtney Cirillo, the Owls of Keene State College (6-1, 2-0 Little East) defeated women's basketball (2-6, 0-2 Little East) by the final score of 65-51 Saturday afternoon in the Clark Athletic Center.
Cirillo carried the Owls on her 8-of-14 shooting from the field, and 3-of-6 shooting at the line. She also combined for a team-best eight boards as well. Off the bench Carly Kiernan dropped in 15 points, while also adding six boards and four assists, and Sara Laudano finished with 12 points and three assists. Cirillo and Laudano played all 40 minutes of Saturday's Little East Conference match-up.
For the Beacons, their afternoon was a tough one despite mounting a late comeback in the second half. They were held to just 27% shooting on the day, with freshman guard Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) scoring a team-high 16 points. The Taunton native was 6-for-15 from the field and 4-for-13 from 3-point range. Freshman center Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) tallied her third consecutive double-double this time scoring 13 points, while also tallying 12 boards, seven of which were on the offensive side of the court.
The 6'2" center also had three blocks and picked up one steal in 31 minutes of playing time. Senior Elizabeth Dow (Marshfield, Mass.) finished with eight boards, and added three points, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes of work.
The Beacons would hold a +1 advantage on the glass (43-42), but it was the consistent shooting by the Owls in both halves that proved to be the deciding factor. In the paint the Owls outscored UMass Boston 28-14, and also had some help from their bench as they combined for 21 points.
In the opening minutes of the first half, neither team was able to build any early momentum. Keene State would eventually earn some breathing room right after the midway point, following a quick 6-0 run (17-11). UMass Boston would eventually get that lead down two on a couple of occasions, but they would never be able to overtake Keene State. The Owls closed out the first 20 minutes of play with a 33-23 lead.
It was all Keene State after the break, as the Owls made it an 18-point game in the first seven minutes of the second half. However their double-figure lead would last only a few minutes, as the Beacons came battling back. UMass Boston with the help of Morrison and Perra would cut the Owls lead down to six with just over five minutes left in the game. Unfortunately Keene State would manage to hang on in the closing minutes to pull out the conference win.
Women's Basketball returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Westfield State University for a 7 p.m. non-conference game.