February 25, 2013

Women's Basketball Duo Named GNAC First Team All-Conference

Two Suffolk University Women's Basketball players were named first team All-Conference selections by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) for the 2012-13 season.

Senior Jacqueline Vienneau (Salem, N.H.) was one of three guards selected to the league's top team. She averaged 12.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game while her 128 total assists were the most in the GNAC as she logged the most minutes of any player at 924 through 28 games. Vienneau was also tabbed to the GNAC's All-Tournament team as she helped lead the Rams to the conference playoff finals.

It's been a historic season for Vienneau as she's reached milestone markers in points, rebounds and assists. She became the first player in Suffolk University Women's Basketball program history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists for a career and fourth GNAC player to do so. In 107 career games played, Vienneau has scored 1,237 career points which stands for fourth in program history while she holds Suffolk's record for assists with 443, the fourth highest total in GNAC history. She's also collected 531 career rebounds. Vienneau's 158 three-point field goals made are the second most treys in program history, while she's made 189 free-throws, the fourth highest total. Vienneau shot a team-best 82.4-percent from the line during the 2012-13 season.

Junior Jennifer Ruys (Wallingford, Conn.) was named a first-team selection at forward. Ruys led the Rams with a team-high 15.9 point per game average while she was fifth in the league scoring 17.5 points in conference games. Ruys collected six double-doubles on the year recording an average of seven rebounds per game and led the Rams with 41 blocked shots. She was also tabbed to the GNAC's All-Tournament team averaging 16.7 points through three games guiding the Rams to the finals. She was the Rams' leading scorer in 14 of 28 contests during the 2012-13 season.

Ruys became the 12th member of the 1,000 career point club on February 16 and only the second player to reach the career marker in her junior season. Her 1,060 points in 76 career games is the tenth highest point total in program history. Ruys currently holds the best mark in Suffolk history from the free-throw line shooting at an 81.3 percentage (248-for-305) while her 114 blocks are the third most.

Senior Lindsey Rogers (Gloucester, Mass.) was Suffolk's representative on the GNAC All-Sportsmanship team. Rogers averaged 5.6 points per game and three rebounds during the season. In four years, Rogers averaged 6.7 points per game and 4.4 rebounds in 107 career games. Both she and Vienneau served as team captains this season.

Suffolk held a 21-7 overall mark on the year, the most wins of any basketball team in school history. They were 10-2 in league play earning the number two seed in the GNAC Tournament.

Suffolk will now await an invitation into the ECAC Division-III New England Tournament that will begin on Wednesday. The Rams will be looking for their seventh consecutive appearance into the eight-team single elimination tournament. The field will be announced on Monday afternoon.

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