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Women's Basketball falls to Colby-Sawyer in home opener

SUFFOLK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.

FINAL:  COLBY-SAWYER 57, SUFFOLK 49

 BOSTON, Mass.--  Sophomore Terri Duffy (Marshfield, Mass.) notched a double-double effort of 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead Colby-Sawyer to a 57-49 non-league college women’s basketball victory over Suffolk Tuesday evening at Regan Gymnasium.

 After trailing by one (29-28) at the break and by six early in the second half, the visiting Chargers (2-1) used a 12-4 run over a six-plus minute stretch to take a 51-44 lead on a lay-in by junior Ellen Naughton (Reading, Mass.) with 4:22 to play, and after the host Rams (2-1) cut their deficit to four on a pair of free throws by junior Kerry Bowman (Guilford, Conn.) with 2:28 remaining, Colby-Sawyer scored five of the game’s final seven points to ice its triumph, keyed by a conventional three-point play by Duffy with 56 seconds to play.

 The Chargers raced out to a 10-3 advantage just 3:29 into the contest and extended that margin to nine points on a pair of occasions midway through the opening half of action, but Suffolk used a 9-0 run over a 5:35 stretch to take a 25-24 lead on a jumper by sophomore Laura Thompson (Kennebunk, Maine) with 2:09 remaining before intermission, extending that edge to three before a Naughton lay-in sliced the visitors’ deficit to one at the break.

 Duffy accounted for over half of Colby-Sawyer’s points on the evening, as no other Charger was in double figures.  Junior Kali Coleman (Portsmouth, N.H.) added eight points for the winners, who also received five points, nine rebounds and five blocks from senior Noelle Surette (Buxton, Maine) to go with 12 boards from Naughton.  Colby-Sawyer shot 40 percent from the field and held a 12-8 scoring edge at the foul line, and the Chargers used a 47-34 advantage on the boards to score 31 points in the paint for the contest.

 Sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) paced Suffolk with nine points and four rebounds in its setback, while senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in with eight points for the Rams, who also received seven points and seven boards from junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.).  Bowman chipped in with seven points as well for the hosts, who shot 33 percent from the field and canned five three-pointers while taking advantage of 27 Colby-Sawyer turnovers for 18 points.

 Suffolk will be idle until next Tuesday evening when the Rams head to Beverly, Mass. to take on Endicott in a non-league match-up that begins at 6:00 p.m., while Colby-Sawyer hosts Plymouth State in a non-league match-up next Tuesday evening in New London, N.H. that begins at 7:00 p.m.