Suffolk University's Scoring Sensations


Julie Niznik and Tom Carey Reach 1,000-Point Milestone

BOSTON – For the second consecutive season, a member of the women’s and men’s basketball teams at Suffolk University have earned acceptance into the elite 1,000-point club.

Tom Carey of Abington, senior guard and captain of the Suffolk men’s basketball team, recently scored his 1000-point in the Rams’ 86-79 overtime road win against Emerson College. Carey erupted for a career-high 41 points in the triumph.

Julie Niznik of East Longmeadow, senior forward and captain of the Suffolk women’s basketball squad, also reached the 1000-point plateau this month when she scored 20 points in the Rams’ 67-49 home victory versus Western New England College.

Last year, Katie Librandi, who finished her outstanding Suffolk career with 1,121 points (sixth on the women’s all-time list), and Winston Daley, who ended his brilliant Suffolk career with 1,243 points (tenth on the men’s all-time list), formed a powerful one-two combo in reaching that elusive 1000-point barrier.

Carey, a 6’3”, 180-pound performer, is the Rams’ (11-12, 9-7)) leading scorer, averaging 21.3 points per game. A four-year member of the team, he is also one of the top scorers and all-around premier players in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).

“Tom is arguably the best player in the league, and clearly our most valuable player,” said Dennis McHugh, head coach of the Suffolk men’s basketball team and the 2001-2002 GNAC Coach of the Year. “He has improved every year on all aspects of his game, both offensively and defensively. He has come a long way and now everybody in New England knows who Tom Carey is.”

Carey, whose brother, Mike, is a freshman guard on the Suffolk team, has put up impressive numbers in the classroom as well as on the court. He achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester and presently maintains a 3.81 cumulative average. Suffolk has nominated Carey, a communications major, for a spot on the Academic All-America team.

“Tom is one of those kids you want your younger players to emulate,” said McHugh. “He is a gentleman, a great student and a very hard worker. He’s always the first player in the weight room and the first player on the court shooting jumpers. An old-school type of player, Tom is always looking for ways to get better.”

Niznik is the Rams’ (9-13, 6-4) top scorer (14.2 points per game) and rebounder (7.0 caroms each contest). Her talent was spotted early as she was voted the GNAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman. Last year, as a junior, she was named to the league’s all-tournament team.

“Julie has been a major part of our success during the past four years,” said Ed Leyden, head coach of the Suffolk women’s basketball squad a GNAC Coach of the Years three times. “She is a terrific competitor who is physically and mentally tough. She has the heart of a champion.”

A communications and advertising major, Niznik has been known for her clutch performances over the years. “The bigger the game, the better she plays,” said Leyden. “She never lets up in a game and she goes out of her way to help her teammates. We’re really going to miss her.”

Niznik is the eighth female to reach the 1000-point club in Suffolk history, while Carey is the 22nd male to achieve that outstanding distinction.

The all-time career male scoring leader at Suffolk is Donovan Little with 2,033 points. Kathleen Norton tops the all-time career female scoring column with 1,516 points.

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