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Last Minute Surge Lifts Women's Basketball Past Johnson & Wales, 60-56

SUFFOLK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Harborside Athletic Center, Providence, R.I.

FINAL: SUFFOLK 60, JOHNSON & WALES 56

PROVIDENCE, R.I.--  Junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.) scored 18 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 50 seconds remaining, and added seven rebounds as Suffolk claimed its ninth victory in its last 10 outings with a 60-56 Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball triumph over Johnson & Wales Thursday evening at the Harborside Athletic Center.

Tracey’s bucket enabled the visiting Rams (12-5, 6-1 Great Northeast) to snap a 54-54 tie in the closing minute of play, and a pair of free throws by senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) with 24 seconds remaining extended Suffoll’s edge to four (58-54).  A pair of free throws by junior Terri Prado (Columbus, N.J.) with six seconds to play enabled the host Wildcats (7-11, 5-2 Great Northeast) to close back to within two, but Tracey iced matters for the visitors with a pair of free throws with two seconds to play, allowing the Rams to pick up their third straight win in the process.

Suffolk jumped out to a five point lead (22-17) in the latter stages of the first half, but Johnson & Wales used a 12-7 run over a four-minute span to tie the game at 29-29 and grabbed a 32-31 edge at the break on a three-pointer by junior Johanna Santosuosso (Salem, N.H.) at the buzzer.  The Rams once again built a five-point advantage (47-42) midway through the final 20 minutes of play before the Wildcats again evened matters (54-54) on a pair of free throws by junior Alyse Ragaglia (West Newbury, Mass.) with 1:15 remaining, setting up Tracey’s heroics for the visitors in the final minute.

Castignetti added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in the win for Suffolk, which also received nine points and seven boards from sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.).  Freshman Christie Iwanicki (Newtown, Conn.) chipped in with seven points for the Rams, who shot 37 percent from the field and held a 46-38 rebounding edge while outscoring the hosts by a 13-8 margin at the foul line for the evening.

Sophomore Alexia Ramirez (San Marcos, Calif.) paced Johnson & Wales in the scoring column with 15 points while grabbing seven rebounds, while Santosuosso and Ragaglia added 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the hosts.  Prado grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 36 percent from the floor for the night, including a 22 percent effort from behind the arc.

Suffolk hosts Lasell in a Great Northeast outing on Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Johnson & Wales heads to Northfield, Vt. to take on Norwich in a Great Northeast match-up on Saturday afternoon that begins at 1:00 p.m.