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Women's Basketball Gets Back In Win Column With 77-56 Triumph Over Lesley

Saturday, December 1, 2007
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.


BOSTON, Mass.--  Sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) notched a double-double effort of 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as Suffolk forced 34 turnovers en route to a 77-56 non-league college women’s basketball victory over Lesley Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium.

The host Rams (3-2) overcame an early one-point deficit with a 21-6 run over a five-minute stretch to open up a 32-18 lead on a Zito three-pointer with 7:12 remaining in the opening half before settling for a 41-31 advantage at the break, and Suffolk scored 22 of the first 28 points after intermission in taking a 26-point edge (63-37) midway through the second half, building its lead to as many as 28 points in the closing minutes of action.

Freshman Christie Iwanicki (Newtown, Conn.) added a career-high 13 points, five steals and four assists in the win for the win for the hosts, who also received 12 points from junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.) as well as 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals from senior Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, Mass.).  Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Rams, who also received seven assists and six rebounds from junior Emily Duquette (Harrisville, R.I.).  Suffolk shot 39 percent from the field and held a 50-43 rebounding advantage for the afternoon, including a 33-17 edge on the glass in the second half, as the hosts scored 36 points off of turnovers in the triumph.

Sophomore Hailee Lowe (Hamilton, Mass.) recorded a double-double as well in the setback for the visiting Lynx (3-2) with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Brianne Caira (Pelham, N.H.) also grabbed 10 boards for Lesley, which also received six points and eight caroms from freshman Kaitlyn Wechsler (Merrick, N.Y.).  The visitors shot 38 percent from the floor overall but made just one of 13 attempts from behind the arc, as Suffolk also held a 26-14 advantage on the offensive glass for the contest.

Suffolk heads to Milton, Mass. on Tuesday evening to take on Curry in a non-league outing that begins at 7:00 p.m., while Lesley opens North Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday evening by heading to Longmeadow, Mass. to take on Bay Path beginning at 8:00 p.m.