KEENE, NH – Junior forward Tashai Price (Vernon, CT) snagged a game-high 14 rebounds while tallying six points but the WestConn women's basketball team suffered its fifth straight loss, falling at Little East Conference foe Keene State, 95-79, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 10-12 overall and 3-8 in league play while the Owls improved to 5-18 and 3-9.
Rookie guard Frances Snyder (Pine Plains, NY) paced the visitors with 17 points off the bench, while classmate Megan Hasty (Vernon, CT) and sophomore Kathiana Monestime (Somerville, MA) chipped in with 10 apiece.
Senior guard Sandi Purcell (Hudson, NH) led the hosts with game-highs of 22 points and eight assists. Junior guard Emily McPadden (Tyngsborough, MA) added 21 points to go along with seven boards.
The Colonials were held to just 30.9% (30-for-97) from the field which included going 20.3% (12-for-59) from beyond the arc, while the Owls shot a scorching 52.1% (38-for-73) while knocking down 44% (11-of-25) from three-point range. Keene also held a commanding edge in assists, 27-10.
"We got down early and used a lot of energy to get back into the game. Unfortunately, we were not able to sustain our momentum down the stretch," stated Colonial head coach Kimberley Rybczyk following the loss.
WestConn jumped ahead, 12-10, midway through the opening quarter when sophomore guard Emma Belcourt (Cromwell, CT) took a feed from rookie forward Sydney Gouveia (New Fairfield, CT) and drilled a shot from downtown.
However, Keene answered with a 21-7 run that began late in the first and carried over to the second quarter. McPadden rounded out the spurt with a three-pointer, extending the Owls' advantage to 31-19. They would widen the gap to 59-41 heading into halftime.
The Colonials would retaliate late in the third, slicing the deficit to 63-58 when rookie center Faith Thurmond (Seymour, CT) took a nifty pass from Snyder and netted a layup.
The lead would shrink to just one point when Gouveia stole the ball and kicked it out to Snyder, who buried one of her four trifectas, cutting the count to 72-71 with 8:21 left to play.
However, the Owls would not relinquish the lead as they went on to close out the contest with a 23-8 run.
WestConn will look to snap its skid when they meet visiting conference opponent Rhode Island College in a game originally scheduled for last week. Tip-off is slated for Monday at 5:30 p.m.