Women's Basketball Outlasts Westfield State, 49-41 on Saturday

Senior Jacqueline Vienneau (Salem, N.H.) recorded her third career double-double to lead the Suffolk University Women's Basketball team to a 49-41 victory over the Westfield State University Owls on Saturday afternoon at the Regan Gymnasium.

Both teams struggled offensively as they each shot 25-percent from the field in the game but the Rams were able to outlast the Owls for their third consectuive win this week as they improve to a 5-2 record on the season.

Vienneau finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Lindsey Rogers (Gloucester, Mass.) scored a team-high 12 points in the game.

Sophomore Gabby Felix (Springfield, Mass.) led all scorers with 13 points before fouling out of the contest with three minutes remaining, while sophomore Jen Ashton (Beverly, Mass.) scored 12 points and had a team-high eight rebounds for the Owls.

Rogers scored eight points in a back and forth first half that saw the Rams take a 21-18 lead heading into the break.

Suffolk would open the second half with an 11-0 run over the first six minutes and twenty seconds of the period as the Owls were 0-for-8 from the field in that span. Junior Jennifer Ruys (Wallingford, Conn.) gave the Rams their largest lead of the contest, a 14-point margin with 13:41 left in the second half as her layup made it a 32-18 game.

Westfield State freshman Keri Doldoorian (Whitinsville, Mass.) was able to make it a two possesion game with thirty-eight seconds remaining as she connected on a pair of free-throws to make it a 43-37 game. Ruys would then make four consecutive free-throws, with Rogers adding a pair for the Rams as they closed out the victory. Senior Briana Kelly (Hampden, Mass.) scored four of her six points in the game in the final twenty seconds of the contest, but it was the Rams ability to convert from the charity stripe that proved to be the difference as they were 17-for-23 as a team in the game, compared to 9-for-19 for the Owls.

Suffolk also held an 18-2 advantage in points off of turnovers.

The win for the Rams is their first since December 30, 2006 where an opponent held them under 50 points scoring.

Ruys finished the game with 10 points for Suffolk, while sophomore Iliana Quadri (Sudbury, Mass.) scored five points, had six rebounds and three steals.

The loss drops Westfield State to a 3-2 mark on the season. They'll be back in action on Tuesday night as they host Eastern Connecticut State University in non-conference action.

Suffolk will travel to Colby-Sawyer College on Tuesday evening in a rematch of last year's ECAC New England Division-III Quarterfinals.

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