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Women's Basketball Clinches Home GNAC Playoff Spot With 66-49 Victory Over Saint Joseph (Conn.)

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.


BOSTON, Mass.--  Freshman Christie Iwanicki (Newtown, Conn.) scored 12 points, dished off six assists and recorded five steals to lead four players in double figures as Suffolk clinched a home court berth in the upcoming league playoffs with a 66-49 Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory over Saint Joseph (Conn.) Thursday evening at Regan Gymnasium.

The host Rams (17-7, 10-2 Great Northeast) overcame a late one-point first half deficit by scoring 11 of the final 12 points before intermission over a 4:49 stretch to take a 27-18 advantage at the break, and Suffolk used an 11-2 run in the early stages of the second half to push that margin to 18 points (43-25) on a pair of Iwanicki free throws with 13 minutes remaining, as the visiting Blue Jays (4-19, 1-11 Great Northeast) got no closer than 12 points in the closing minutes of play.

Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win for the Rams, who also received 11 points off the bench from junior Emily Duquette (Harrisville, R.I.).  Junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.) rounded out the quartet in double figures with 10 points and five steals for the hosts, who also received five points and four boards from senior Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, Mass.) as well as four points and six caroms from senior Gillian Brignac (Haverhill, Mass.).  Sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with five points and four rebounds for the winners, who also received five assists and four steals from senior Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, Conn.) as Suffolk shot 42 percent from the field and canned four three-pointers while holding a 14-8 scoring edge at the foul line.  The Rams converted 31 turnovers by the visitors into 27 points while netting 36 points in the paint.

Senior Amanda Ciarcia (Newington, Conn.) led all scorers with 15 points and four assists in the setback for Saint Joseph, which also received a double-double effort of 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds from junior Charlotte Kayij (Hartford, Conn.).  Freshman Illaria Schiano (Wallingford, Conn.) added nine points and six steals for the Blue Jays, who shot 41 percent from the field and connected for five three-pointers while holding a 34-31 rebounding advantage for the contest.

Suffolk closes out its regular season slate on Saturday afternoon when the Rams head to Newton Centre, Mass. to take on Mount Ida in a Great Northeast outing that tips-off at 1:00 p.m., while Saint Joseph closes out its season on Saturday afternoon by hosting Johnson & Wales in a Great Northeast match-up that also begins at 1:00 p.m.