THURSDAY, FEB. 21 // 5:00 PM
BOSTON – The Suffolk women's basketball team continues its quest for GNAC glory Thursday, Feb. 21 as the fourth-seeded Rams ship up to Standish, Maine, where it will face No. 10/8 Saint Joseph's (Maine) in the conference semifinals. Game time against the top-seeded Monks in the Harold Alfond Center is set for 5 p.m.
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2019 GNAC TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Quarterfinals
GAME 1: #1 Saint Joseph's (Maine) defeated #8 Johnson & Wales, 99-75
GAME 2: #4 Suffolk defeated #5 Anna Maria, 68-58
GAME 3: #3 Albertus Magnus defeated #6 Regis, 82-74
GAME 4: #2 Emmanuel defeated #7 Colby Sawyer,
Saturday, Feb. 23 – Championship
GAME 7: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 5
In its 24th consecutive appearance in the GNAC Tournament, Suffolk advanced to the semis for the 11th time and second straight season behind a 68-58 win over fifth-seed Anna Maria Tuesday night.
The blue-and-gold will compete in the semis as the field's fourth seed for the fifth time.
The Rams look to move onto the championship contest for the sixth time overall and second consecutive campaign, and first as time as the fourth seed.
LAST TIME OUT
The fourth-seeded Suffolk women's basketball team maintained its composure down the stretch to defeat fifth-seeded Anna Maria, 68-58, in the GNAC Quarterfinals Tuesday night inside Regan Gymnasium.
Suffolk hit the 19-win mark for the second straight season after defeating Anna Maria, 68-58, in the GNAC Quarterfinals Tuesday night.
The Rams' second straight trip to the semifinals is thanks in large part to sophomore floor general Jenni-Rose DiCecco, who leads the way offensively for the blue-and-gold with 17.5 ppg and 4.5 apg, respectively. She receives help on the offense end from Marissa Gudauskas (9.9 ppg), Allie Lopes (8.9 ppg) and Jordan Hipwell (8.8 ppg).
Defensively, DiCecco's 6.0 rpg are the top among active Suffolk student-athletes on the glass. The 5-foot-6 guard anchors the 40.3 rpg, which receives consistent contributions from Hipwell (5.3 rpg) and Lopes (4.0 rpg).
St. Joseph's, who appears at No. 10 on the latest WBCA Poll and No. 8 in the most recent D3Hoops.com poll, has had a perfect season to date with an unblemished 26-0 mark. The Monks, who have won the last three GNAC Championships, have not lost a home contest in 50 outings.
The main ingredients to the Monks successful campaign are seniors Kelsi McNamara, Emily Benway and Julia Champagne. The threesome combines for 57.6 ppg, which is over half of SJC's 78.6 ppg offensive output. McNamara's 21.2 ppg is off an impressive 44.6 connection rate from the floor. Champagne registers 13.7 ppg and Benway completes the trio with 12.7 ppg.
Benway leads the Monks on the boards with 9.4 rpg. Overall, the team grabs 39.8 rpg, outrebounding its foes by a 5.8 margin. Champagne chips in 4.9 rpg to the effort with Jordan Jabar adding 4.1 rpg.
RAMS VS. MONKS IN GNAC TOURNEY
- Suffolk and St. Joe's will clash for the fourth time in the GNAC Tournament.
- The Rams are 2-1 when playing the Monks in the conference postseason.
- The blue-and-gold is unbeaten (2-0) when facing SJC in the league's semifinals.
- Suffolk has yet to take down St. Joseph's when it is the top seed in the conference tourney.
WE MEET AGAIN
The Suffolk women's basketball team could not hold onto its early edge as the Monks of then-No. 11 Saint Josephs' (Maine) stormed back to take down the Rams, 77-63, Saturday afternoon at the Harold Alfond Center.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk trails the all-time series with Saint Joseph's, 7-11, after the Monks defeated the Rams, 77-63, in the regular-season tilt Jan. 26.
- The blue-and-gold has fallen to the Monks in seven straight meetings.
- The Rams look for their second-ever victory over SJC in Maine.
- The last time Suffolk downed SJC was Feb. 17, 2015 by a score of 57-35.
The winner of Thursday's tilt punches its ticket to the 2019 GNAC Championship contest, set to tip off Saturday, Feb. 23 at the highest remaining seed versus the victor of the other semifinal showdown between second-seed Emmanuel and third-seed Albertus Magnus.