PAXTON, Mass. – Behind 12 fourth quarter points from Alexis Hackett, the Suffolk women's basketball team outscored Anna Maria, 21-9, in the final frame to complete the comeback and secure a 66-59 GNAC victory over the AMCATS inside the Fuller Activities Center Thursday night.
SCORE: Suffolk 66, Anna Maria 59
RECORDS: Suffolk (8-5, 3-1 GNAC) | Anna Maria (2-9, 0-4 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
For every hoop Suffolk put away over the first minute Anna Maria responded, quite literally as the teams traded a two- and three-pointers to sit tied at 5-all.
The Rams momentum cooled off as they did not convert a field goal over a 5:57 span and the AMCATS used that to their advantage, storming ahead, 15-7, thanks to 10 unanswered points. Kelsey Schiebel ended the draught on a good layup with 3:03 on the clock and Suffolk used three quick points to remain within striking distance of Anna Maria, trailing 18-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Caitlyn Caramello tied the contest at 20-all with a good layup and put Suffolk in front thanks to converting on the freebie for a good traditional three-point play. The lead was shortlived as the squads swapped baskets, before back-to-back treys from Schiebel gave the Rams a 27-23 lead with 6:40 to play before halftime.
Suffolk went on another scoring lull, this time a 6:00 span. The AMCATS once again took advantage of the Rams' poor percentage and sent the visitors into the locker room down, 38-30.
Hackett kept the Rams in the game out of the break, but it wasn't long until the hosts gained a double-figure edge, 45-34, at the 7:06 minute mark. The AMCATS went ahead by as many as 12 before Marissa Gudauskas carried Suffolk on her back. The sophomore guard went on a 7-0 run alone to bring the blue-and-gold within five, 50-45, heading into the final quarter.
Hackett picked up where Gudauskas left off as the freshman buried back-to-back triples to lock the play game at 53-all just 2:56 into the fourth frame. A free throw from Katelyn Rourke and a pair of freebies by Alexandra Nagri gave Suffolk a three-point cushion with under five to play in the contest.
Suffolk secured the victory down the stretch at the free throw line, going 6-of-6 in the final two minutes all of which were put in by Hackett.
- Hackett combined her 12 fourth quarter points with six others to finish the day with a career-best 18. The freshman shot 3-for-9 from the floor, but the true story was as the foul line as the forward went a perfect 10-for-10 including six in the final frame. She added six rebounds, three blocks and one assist in a reserve effort.
- Gudauskas a crucial ingredient in the comeback proved nine points off the bench to go along with one handout, one board, and one steal.
- Bourikas added nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
- Nagri and Schiebel chipped in eight points apiece.
- Suffolk and Anna Maria were even in rebounds (36), assists (14) and steals (7).
- The Rams shot just 36.0 percent (18-50) from the field (18-50) and 31.6 percent (6-19) from three-point range, but excelled at the line going 77.4 percent (24-31).
- Suffolk remains undefeated all-time against Anna Maria as the Rams collected their sixth straight victory over the AMCATS.
- Suffolk's three-game win streak marks the longest of the season.
- Hackett finished the day with career-highs in points (18) and blocks (3).
- Gudauskas put in a season-high nine points.
Suffolk will play in front of its home crowd for the first time in 2017 Thursday, Jan. 12 as the Rams entertain Albertus Magnus to Regan Gymnasium a apart of a blue-and-gold doubleheader with the Falcons. The women's squad gets things started at 5 p.m. followed by the men's tip-off at 7:15 p.m.