BOSTON – The Suffolk women's basketball team built an early lead it would not give up as the Rams' used a well-balanced effort to take down Curry, 75-41, Monday night inside Regan Gymnasium.
SCORE: Suffolk 75 | Curry 41
RECORDS: Suffolk (4-2) | Curry (2-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk used the run-and-gun game to its favor early on to build a 14-5 lead at the midway point of the first frame behind 10 unanswered points.
The Rams defense played the passing lane and limited the Colonels chances, holding the visitors scoreless for nearly six minutes. Once Curry found its way back on the scoreboard, the teams traded hoops and Suffolk remained in front after the first 10 minutes, 20-10.
Suffolk turned turnovers into points in the second stanza to quickly gained a 33-15 advantage after Jordan Hipwell and Jenni-Rose DiCecco all converted in transition. Curry outscored the Rams 7-4 to close out the first half and slice Suffolk's cushion to 15, 37-22.
A game of runs ensued out of the locker room as a Suffolk 6-0 stretch built a 44-22 lead in favor of the hosts that turned into a 52-28 Rams game after Rachel LaSaracina swished a baby jumper from the baseline.
DiCecco took charge in the final 1:16, scoring six points by herself to secure a 58-32 advantage for the Rams at the end of the third. In the sophomore's 6-0 stretch, she converted two steals into four points and put away a pair of freebies from the line.
Curry put in the first hoop of the fourth frame, but it was all blue-and-gold from there as Suffolk maintained its momentum to take the 75-41 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- DiCecco finished the day with 20 points, on a 9-for-15 effort from the field. In addition to her offensive output, she recorded five assists, six steals, and six rebounds.
- Hipwell contributed 11 points, seven boards, five steals and two blocks.
- Alexis Hackett had a well-blanaced game of seven caroms, five points, three dimes, two steals and two swats.
- Marissa Gudauskas tallied eight points with LaSaracina and Natalie Fraioli each providing eight points off the bench. Gudauskas' and LaSaracina's contributions came off a pair of triples and one lay-up, while Farioli went 2-for-3 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line
- Suffolk shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-17) from beyond-the-arc and 56.3 percent (9-16) at the charity stripe.
- Suffolk grabbed a 16-15 lead over Curry in the all-time series, which dates back to 1983-84.
- DiCecco has scored in double figures in all six of the Rams' games this season. Throughout her career she has scored in double digits in all, but eight games, and she has appeared in 34.
- DiCecco dropped 20-plus for the third time this season and 10th time in her career.
- Hipwell set a new personal-best in steals (5) and matched a career-high in blocks (2).
- LaSaracina matched her career-best in points (8), field goals made (3) and three-point field goals made (2).
- Lauren Hill scored her first collegiate bucket, a trey, and handed out the first assist of her collegiate career. The rookie also matched personal-bests in rebounds (1), steals (1) and blocks (1).
- Mya Blazejowski matched a career-high four boards.
- Fraioli set a career-best in points (8), free throws made (4), free throws attempted (4) and steals.
Suffolk turns its attention to a non-conference clash at Bridgewater State Thursday, Nov. 29. Game time in Bridgewater is set for 7 p.m.