SUFFOLK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Piano Row Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.
FINAL: EMERSON 62, SUFFOLK 55
BOSTON, Mass.-- Junior Lauren Vassallo (Oxford, Conn.) scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead three players in double figures as Emerson ran its winning streak to six straight with a 62-55 Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory over Suffolk Wednesday evening at Piano Row Gymnasium.
The host Lions (12-9, 7-2 Great Northeast) broke free of a 15-15 tie with seven unanswered points late in the opening 20 minutes of play en route to a 27-23 advantage at the break, and after the visiting Rams (13-6, 7-2 Great Northeast) closed its deficit back to three on a jumper by sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) with 15:33 to play, Emerson took control of the contest with a 12-4 spurt over three-plus minutes of action to take a 43-32 advantage on a three-pointer by sophomore Andrea Kosek (Latham, N.Y.) with 12:19 remaining. The hosts built their lead to as many as 14 points and survived a late Suffolk surge that saw the visitors close to within four (58-54) in the final 1:27, but a pair of Vassallo free throws in the final 25 seconds of play iced the Lions’ triumph.
Senior Lindsay DiStefano (Gloucester, R.I.) added 12 points and seven rebounds in the win for Emerson, which also received 11 points from Kosek as well as seven points and nine rebounds from freshman Kathy Andrade (Hull, Mass.). The Lions shot 50 percent from the field overall, including a 57 percent effort after intermission alone, while holding a 41-36 rebounding advantage and overcoming 29 turnovers.
Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists in the setback for Suffolk, which saw its four game winning streak come to an end. Junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.) added a double-double effort of 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the visitors, who also received eight points from senior Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, Conn.). The Rams shot just 30 percent from the field and held a 14-8 scoring edge at the foul line while scoring over half of their point total (28) off of the 29 Emerson turnovers for the evening.
Suffolk hosts Emmanuel in a key Great Northeast outing on Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium beginning at 2:00 p.m., while Emerson hosts Pine Manor in a Great Northeast match-up on Saturday afternoon at Piano Row Gymnasium that tips-off at Noon.