The Suffolk University Women’s Basketball team (5-2) held off a second half rally by Curry College (1-5) to earn a 70-63 win Thursday night at Suffolk’s Regan Gymnasium.
Suffolk freshman Meghan Black (Roslindale, MA) had a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench on 5 of 6 shooting from the field and 7 of 10 shooting from the free-throw line. Senior Kerry Bowman finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Freshman Julianne Conrad added 10 points and five rebounds.
Danyel Cousins led Curry with 13 points. Sarah Walker scored 12 points and picked up six assists. Christina Sancinito netted 10 points for the Colonels.
The Rams finished the first half strong as they took a commanding 35-25 lead into the locker room. Suffolk continued its stellar play in the early stages of the second half making it a 39-27 with 18:33 left, but a 15-2 run from Curry in just under six minutes gave the Colonels a surprising 42-41 advantage.
Kim Reske’s only three points of the game gave Curry a 50-46 lead as the two teams approached the midway point of the half, but Black sparked a key 10-1 run with five points to give her Rams a 56-51 lead with 7:21 remaining.
Curry continued to fight back as a free throw from Walker put the Colonels within three points at 63-60 with 2:33 left in the game, Black and Bowman combined for seven made free throws in the closing seconds to ice the victory.
The Rams defense held yet another opponent under 40 percent shooting from the field as Curry shot just 32 percent for the game. The Rams forced 31 turnovers and had 22 steals.
Suffolk will head to Santa Barbara, California for the West Coast Classic over the break as they take on regional opponents Eastern Connecticut State (12/29) and Worcester State College (12/30).