The Suffolk University Women's Basketball team improved to 9-1 in the GNAC with a 64-61 victory over visiting Western New England College Thursday night at Suffolk's Regan Gymnasium. The Rams travel to Norwich (9-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. to determine the second-place finisher in the GNAC regular season.
The GNAC tournament begins Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Suffolk will host a first round game.
WNEC trailed 62-59 in the second period, but two Christine Aldrich (8 points) free-throws cut the Suffolk lead to just 62-61 with five seconds on the clock.
Suffolk's Stephanie Zito (Guilford, CT) was quickly fouled, but missed the front-end of a one-and-one. Fortunately, for the Rams, the ball found its way off the hands of WNEC's Sharon Simoncelli. Katlyn Kletcha (Fairfield, CT) took advantage at the free-throw line with two free-throws to ice the three-point win. Kletcha finished her night with 13 points on 5-8 shooting. Sophomore Emily Duquette (Burrillville, RI) made some key free throws late in the game.
The game saw seven lead changes, with WNEC holding on to a slim 49-48 lead with under t10 minutes to go. However, a Zito three with 9:10 remaining put the Rams ahead for good with a 51-49 lead.
Jen Dabrowski's 14 first-half points gave WNEC a 28-27 lead at the half. Dabrowski shot 6-11 in the half and finished the game with 16 points. WNEC opened the game with a 14-7 run in the first six minutes.
Zito led all scorers in the game with 18 points on 6-10 shooting. She also added four threes on the night. Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, MA) had 10 points off the bench for the Rams.
Simoncelli led WNEC with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Vicky Taylor dropped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Jenn Fogg (Stonington, CT), Sarah Gregory (Fall River, MA), and Lauren Burns (Dorchester, MA) were all honored prior to the game as part of Senior Night and combined for 10 points.
Suffolk improved to 17-7 overall. WNEC dropped to 7-3 in the GNAC and 13-11 overall.
By Philip Camara
Suffolk Sports Information Intern