SUFFOLK WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
2008 ECAC Division III New England Quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
MacDonald Gymnasium, Beverly, Mass.
FINAL: ENDICOTT 61, SUFFOLK 59
BEVERLY, Mass.-- Junior Nicole Duchesne (Plaistow, N.H.) scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures as fourth-seeded Endicott held off a furious late comeback to post a 61-59 victory over fifth-seeded Suffolk in quarterfinal round play of the 2008 ECAC Division III New England Women’s Basketball Championships Wednesday evening at MacDonald Gymnasium.
The host Gulls, who improve to 19-9 overall on the season, advance to Saturday’s semi-final round to take on top-seeded Coast Guard in a game that will be played on the campus of Western Connecticut State in Danbury, Conn.
Endicott jumped out to an early nine-point lead before settling for a 28-21 advantage at the break, but the visiting Rams, who end their season at a school-record best 20-9, scored 18 of the first 31 points after intermission to cut their deficit to two (41-39) on a pair of free throws by senior Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, Mass.) with just under 10 minutes remaining. The Gulls responded with an 11-2 run of their own to take a 52-41 edge with 7:35 to play, but Suffolk used an 18-7 run, capped by a pair of free throws by sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.) with 14 seconds left, to close back to within a bucket once again at 61-59. The Rams got the ball back in the waning seconds with a chance to win the game, but a long three-point attempt fell short at the buzzer.
Senior Aubrey Drugan (Salem, N.H.) added 12 points in the win for Endicott, which also received 10 points and eight rebounds from sophomore Ceciley Chisholm (Lexington, Mass.). The Gulls shot 35 percent from the field and held a 15-9 scoring edge of the season to collect their second win of the season over the visitors at MacDonald Gymnasium.
Morrissey led all scorers in her final collegiate game with 15 points and six rebounds in the setback for Suffolk, which also received a double-double effort of 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds from junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.). Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in with seven points and six boards for the Rams, who also received seven and five points, respectively, from seniors Katlyn Klecha (Fairfield, Conn.) and Gillian Brignac (Haverhill, Mass.). The visitors shot 38 percent from the field and canned four three-pointers while holding a 43-40 rebounding advantage.
Suffolk’s school-record 20 wins also featured an 11-2 slate in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play that was good for second place in the league standings, as the Rams advanced to the league championship game for the first time in eight seasons this winter.