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Morrissey, Leyden Honored With GNAC Women's Basketball Honors For Season Performances

BOSTON, Mass.--  Suffolk University senior forward Stephanie Morrissey was named on Wednesday to the 2007-08 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball all-conference squad in a vote of the league’s coaches.

A native of Abington, Mass. and a graduate of Thayer Academy, Morrissey has started 25 games to date for the Rams, averaging 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest to date while posting five double-figure scoring performances this winter.  A co-captain for Suffolk, she has recorded a team-best 48 steals on a squad that averages forcing over 25 turnovers per game while leading the conference in scoring defense, and she was named as a third-team all-GNAC selection in her second season in a Ram uniform after transferring in from Roanoke College.

Additionally, Suffolk Head Coach Ed Leyden was honored by his peers with selection as the 2007-08 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.  In his 14th season as the helm, Leyden has guided the Rams to a school-record tying 19 wins to date and collected his 200th career triumph earlier this season with a 77-49 triumph over Pine Manor back on January 15th.  The North Reading, Mass. resident has compiled 212 victories overall since his arrival on Beacon Hill in 1994, and he has now been honored as the GNAC Coach of the Year on four occasions, with the other three coming during the 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1999-2000 campaigns.

Suffolk, which is seeded second in this year’s Great Northeast Championships, will take on third-seeded Norwich in semi-final round play of the tournament on Friday evening at Emmanuel’s Jean Yawkey Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST.