KEENE, N.H. – Freshman Bri Barnes (Merrimack, N.H.) came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points Tuesday night to lead the Keene State College women’s basketball team to a 76-49 Little East Conference victory over rival Plymouth State University at Spaulding Gymnasium.
Keene State, which had lost seven of its last eight, improves to 9-12 overall and 4-7 in the LEC, while Plymouth State falls to 10-12 and 4-7 in league play. The two teams split their regular-season meetings this season, with PSU prevailing 83-78 in Plymouth. The Panthers had won the last five games between the two teams.
The Owls took control of the game midway through the first half when they extended a nine-point lead (15-6) into a 20-point cushion (38-18) and maintained its 20-point advantage (42-22) at the break. The Panthers cut the lead to 12 points (46-34) at the 14:31 mark, but Keene State built its advantage back up to 20 points (54-34) over the next three minutes and coasted home the rest of the way.
Barnes, who missed the Owls’ last four games with a strained knee injury, hit 5-of-10 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and all eight free throws. Three other Owls scored in double figures — Sarah Begnoche (Millville, Mass.) and Andrea Arsenault (Dover, N.H.) had 12 points apiece and Bekka Hopkins (Oxford, Mass.) chipped in with 11. Begnoche also had a season and game-high 11 rebounds.
Senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Me.) and freshman Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) tied for the PSU team lead with 11 points each. Sophomore Katie Susat (Glastonbury, Conn.) added eight points and a team-best seven rebounds.
Plymouth State struggled on the offensive end, shooting just 28 percent as a team.
Both teams continue Little East action on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PSU visits UMass Boston while Keene State travels to Western Connecticut.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)