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Women's Basketball Sees Six Game Win Streak End With 56-44 GNAC Setback At Saint Joseph's (Maine)

Wednesday, January 23, 2007
Alfond Center, Standish, Maine


STANDISH, Maine--  Freshman Casey Drake (Lebanon, N.H.) came off the bench to score 15 points as Saint Joseph’s (Maine) overcame a six-point halftime deficit to notch a 56-44 Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory over Suffolk Wednesday evening at the Alfond Center.

The host Monks (11-5, 4-1 Great Northeast) trailed 25-19 at the break but scored the first 10 points after intermission to grab a four-point advantage (29-25) that sparked an overall 29-9 surge over the first 10:10 of play in the second half to give Saint Joseph’s a 48-34 lead with 9:50 remaining on a Drake lay-in.  The visiting Rams (9-5, 5-1 Great Northeast), who saw their six-game winning streak come to an end, shot just 31 percent from the field in the second half of action, getting no closer than 10 points in the final seven plus minutes of play.

Sophomores Carolyn Freeman (Scarborough, Maine) and Meghan Daigle (Grantham, N.H.), along with freshman Erin Cartwright (Acton, Mass.), each netted eight points in the win for the Monks, who shot 40 percent from the floor and scored 19 points off of 21 Suffolk turnovers.  Junior Alysn Ludwig (Waldoboro, Maine) grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for the hosts, as each team had 35 boards on the evening.

Freshman Christie Iwanicki (Newtown, Conn.) scored a career-high 15 points in the setback for the Rams, who also received eight points from senior Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, Conn.) as well as six points from junior Kerry Bowman (Guilford, Conn.).  Suffolk canned five three-pointers on the night, receiving four of those treys from Iwanicki.

Suffolk hosts Norwich in a Great Northeast outing on Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Saint Joseph’s heads to New Haven, Conn. to take on Albertus Magnus in a Great Northeast match-up that also begins at 1:00 p.m.