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Women's Basketball Picks Up Seventh Win In Eight Outings With 60-49 GNAC Triumph Over Norwich

Saturday, January 26, 2008
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.


BOSTON, Mass.--  Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished off four assists to lead Suffolk to a 60-49 Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory over Norwich Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium.

The host Rams (10-5, 5-1 Great Northeast) jumped out to an early nine-point advantage (13-4) only to see the visiting Cadets (5-12, 4-2 Great Northeast) used a 10-0 run to gain a 14-13 edge with six minutes remaining in the opening half.  The two teams then traded the lead on three occasions before Suffolk grabbed a one-point advantage (24-23) at the break, and the hosts used a 10-3 run after intermission to take a 34-27 lead on a lay-in by senior Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, Mass.) with 15:45 to play.  Norwich closed back to within a bucket midway through the final 20 minutes of action on a jumper by sophomore Natalie Marchese (Rutland, Vt.), but the Rams took control of the contest with a 12-3 run over a three-plus minute stretch in grabbing a 48-37 edge with 7:39 remaining on a pair of Morrissey free throws, as the Cadets got no closer than seven points in the closing minutes of play.

Junior Kerry Bowman (Guilford, Conn.) joined Castignetti in double figures with 11 points in the win for Suffolk, which also received nine points and seven boards from sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) as well as eight points from sophomore Laura Thompson (Kennebunk, Maine).  Morrissey finished with seven points and four caroms for the winners, who also received seven points from junior Emily Duquette (Harrisville, R.I.) as well as six points and eight rebounds from junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.).  The Rams shot 38 percent from the field and connected for four three-pointers while converting 19 Norwich turnovers into 22 points and holding a 28-18 scoring edge in the paint.

Sophomore Ally Daniels (Concord, N.H.) was the lone Cadet in double figures, as she notched a game-high double-double effort of 15 points and 12 rebounds in the setback for the visitors, who also received seven points each from junior Kayleigh Shappy (Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Erica Rate (Weymouth, Mass.).  Freshman Karissa Doyon (Beecher Falls, Vt.) and Laural McWilliams (Swanton, Vt.) each added six points for Norwich, which shot 36 percent from the floor (including 31 percent in the second half) despite holding a 40-37 rebounding advantage for the afternoon.

Suffolk hosts Newbury in a non-league outing on Tuesday evening at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m., while Norwich heads back to Boston on Thursday evening to take on Emmanuel in a Great Northeast match-up that begins at 7:30 p.m.