SUFFOLK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.
FINAL: SUFFOLK 68, GORDON 45
BOSTON, Mass.-- Senior Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, Conn.) scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures as Suffolk extended its winning streak to four straight with a 68-45 non-league college women’s basketball victory over Gordon Thursday evening at Regan Gymnasium.
The host Rams (7-4) overcame an early two-point deficit with a 20-4 run over a seven minute stretch to take a 29-15 lead with just over five minutes to play in the opening half of action, but the visiting Fighting Scots (3-11) scored the final six points before intermission and capped a 10-0 run with the first two buckets of the second half to close back to within four at 29-25. The Rams then scored 12 of the game’s next 14 points to take a 41-27 advantage on a Klecha lay-in with 15:19 remaining, and after Gordon closed back to within 11 points, the hosts took control of the contest with nine unanswered points that sparked an 18-9 run over a six minute stretch, as the visitors got no closer than 17 points in the closing minutes of play.
Sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) added 13 points and three steals for the winners, who also received 11 points and eight rebounds from junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.). Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and four assists for Suffolk, which also received six points each from senior Gillian Brignac (Haverhill, Mass.) and junior Emily Duquette (Harrisville, R.I.) as the Rams shot 38 percent from the field and canned four three-pointers while scoring 30 points off of 30 Gordon turnovers in posting their first victory in five series meetings between the two schools.
Sophomore Brianne Records (Bar Harbor, Maine) was the lone Fighting Scot in double figures with 12 points, while sophomore Rebecca Carroll (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) added nine points and eight rebounds for the visitors. Junior Erin Thames (River Vale, N.J.) also netted nine points for Gordon, which shot 34 percent from the field and held a 40-39 rebounding edge but hurt themselves with the 30 turnovers, 17 of which came in the second half of action.
Suffolk hosts Rivier in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference outing on Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Gordon heads to Quincy, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to square off with Eastern Nazarene in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match-up that begins at 1:00.