KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Basketball team lost to the defending North Eastern Athletic Conference Champions, Penn State-Abington, by the score of 62-53 on Saturday.
Keuka College (2-9, 1-5 NEAC) will remain at home tomorrow when they host Bryn Athyn at 3pm.
Katie Stuart led Keuka with a double-double in the loss. She had 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the game. Junior transfer Sarah Janson also had a strong game for Keuka. She finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Courtney Boyea added nine points for Keuka.
Keuka finished with a +13 rebounding margin against the Nittany Lions. Penn St.-Abington had the more opportunistic offense, turning 22 Keuka turnovers into 27 points. The Green and Gold were only able to get four points of Abington's 11 turnovers
Keuka got out to a quick 7-0 lead on the Nittany Lions. They held Abington scoreless for the first three minutes of the quarter. Penn State got a layup with 21 seconds left in the quarter to make it 13-10, but a Lauren Anten jumper at the buzzer gave Keuka a 15-10 lead after one.
Both teams struggled to shoot in the second quarter. It took over three minutes for either team to score. When the seal was broken, however, it was by a 10-0 run by the Nittany Lions. Sarah Janson got Keuka on the board with a jumper with 4:20 left to play. That sparked a flurry of scoring by both teams. Shots and points would be alternated for the rest of the half. Penn St.-Abington made a late three pointer with nine seconds left to push their lead to 34-25 at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Nittany Lions push their lead to as many as 12 points. Keuka fought to stay in the game the entire quarter. On back-to-back possessions late in the third, Courtney Boyea made a layup and a three point to make it a seven point game, 46-39 going into the final quarter.
Samantha Blum made the first two baskets of the fourth to make it 46-43, but a small run by Abington pushed the lead back to nine points, 53-44 with 6:23 left to play. Keuka had one last run in them. A three by Boyea and a layup by Janson narrowed the margin. A free throw by Stuart with 5:02 left made it a one possession game, 53-50. A minute later, another free throw by Stuart made it a two point game. That would be as close as Keuka could make it, however. The Green and Gold would be outscored 9-2 over the final three minutes as Penn St.-Abington would defeat Keuka College 62-53.