21 Little East Conference Championships

Buzzer Beater Lifts Keene State Past Southern Maine 68-65

Huskies have a quick turnaround for their fourth game in six days hosting Western Connecticut on Monday at 1:00 p.m.
Huskies have a quick turnaround for their fourth game in six days hosting Western Connecticut on Monday at 1:00 p.m.


KEENE, N.H. –   Hien Thach hit a three to lift the Keene State College Owls to a 68-65 come-from-behind win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gym. 

            With the win, Keene State is now 1-8 in the Little East Conference and 3-14 overall, snapping a 10-game losing streak.  Playing in their Southern Maine is 10-5 overall and 6-2 in the Little East.  The Huskies are presently in third in the Little East.  

            Trailing 54-46 to start the fourth quarter, Keene State outscored USM 22-11 in the final frame, shooting 7-for-15 from the field, including three three-pointers.  Thach scored five points in the quarter, including the game-tying layup and game-winner in the closing seconds of the game.  Conversely, Southern Maine went cold from the field shooting 33.3 percent (5-for-15).

            Thach finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists for the Owls who had three players in double figures. Lilly Shlimon led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and scored seven of KSC's points in the fourth. Emily McPadden and Abby Thut each had 11 points.  

            USM junior Jackie Luckhardt (Londonderry, N.H.) led three Huskies in double figures.  She had 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/North Hampton School (NH)) earned her first career double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.  She had three steals and an assist.  Freshman Michele Rowe (Gorham, Maine) was 5-for-8 from the field for a career-best 10 points.  

            The Huskies led from the opening tip, but Keene State got hot from three-point land, making 9-of-18 for the game, to kick start the rally.  Up by 11, 63-52, with 4:22 left in regulation after a jumper from Rowe, USM went 1-for-5 in the final minutes with a pair of turnovers, while KSC went 5-for-8 with a pair of threes, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  The Owls also snagged three offensive rebounds in that stretch. 

            Southern Maine returns home and hosts Western Connecticut State University on Monday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game. The game is reschedules from Sunday, January 20. 

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