Offense Carries Keuka College to Conference Victory

Photo by Ed Webber
Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Basketball earned their second straight North Eastern Athletic Conference victory on Sunday, defeating Wilson College 72-54 at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.

Keuka College (5-13, 4-8 NEAC) will once again be on their home floor on Wednesday night for an 8pm game against the Wells College Express.

Lauren Anten led the Green and Gold with a game-high 19 points. Katie Stuart added 15 points and led Keuka with seven rebounds. Senior Mackenzie Cole was also in double-figures with 11 points on Senior Day. As a team, Keuka College had 52 rebounds, a season-high.  

On the first possession of the game, Wilson got an and-one basket for the early advantage. They stayed ahead of Keuka until Lauren Anten hit a three pointer with 4:30 left in the first to give the Green and Gold an 8-7 advantage. That was part of an 11-0 run for Keuka, who saw their lead grow to 15-7. Wilson made the final two baskets of the quarter, but Keuka remained ahead 15-12 after one.

Following an offensive rebound by Sarah Janson, Anten knocked down another three for Keuka's first points of the second quarter, a part of a quick 6-0 burst for Keuka. After Wilson made it 21-15, the Green and Gold scored 10 straight points. The rally was started by another Anten three. Wilson attempted to narrow the margin in the dying seconds of the half, but Katie Stuart hit a buzzer-beating three pointer to give Keuka a 39-25 lead at halftime.

The third quarter saw Keuka grow their lead to as many as 24 points. They did so with offensive balance as eight different players recorded points in the frame. Keuka led 59-34 following 30 minutes of action.

A three by Cole in the first minute of the fourth quarter gave Keuka a 28 point advantage, their largest of the game. The Green and Gold would be outscored by the Phoenix 20-13 in the final frame, but it was not enough as Keuka won their second straight conference game 72-54.