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Women's Basketball Captures MIT Tip-Off Crown

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--  Junior Kerry Bowman (Guilford, Conn.) scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, while tournament Most Valuable Player Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.) added 10 points as Suffolk captured the title of the 2007 MIT Tip-Off Tournament by posting a 61-42 non-league victory over host MIT Saturday afternoon at Rockwell Cage.

 After trailing by one (14-13) midway through the opening half of action, the visiting Rams (2-0) scored 22 of the final 29 points of the half over the final 9:55 of play to take a 34-20 lead at the break, and an 8-2 run over the first 4:42 following intermission enabled Suffolk to extend that advantage to 20 points (42-22) on a Tracey jumper with 15:18 remaining.  The visitors built their largest lead of 23 points on three occasions, as the host Engineers (1-1) got no closer than 16 points in the closing minutes of play.

 Sophomore Laura Thompson (Kennebunk, Maine) added nine points, five rebounds and three blocks in the win for the Rams, who also received eight points and nine boards from senior Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, Mass.), who joined Tracey in earning all-tournament team honors.  Sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds for Suffolk, which saw nine of its 10 players score at least two points on the day.  The Rams shot 41 percent from the field and held a 44-29 rebounding advantage while forcing 25 MIT turnovers en route to the crown.

 Junior Clara Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) paced MIT with a game-high 14 points in the setback, while graduate student Samia Mahjub (Barrington, Ill.) added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Engineers, who shot 38 percent from the field for the contest.

 Suffolk advanced to the championship round by notching a 67-57 win over Westfield State in opening round play Friday night, as Zito led three players in double figures with 20 points.  Tracey posted a double-double effort of 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Rams, who also received 11 points and six boards from Morrissey.

 Suffolk hosts Colby-Sawyer in a non-league outing on Tuesday evening at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 p.m., while MIT heads across town to take on Wentworth in a non-league match-up on Tuesday evening that also begins at 6:00 p.m.