JANUARY 27 | 1:00 PM
BOSTON – Suffolk women's basketball is in for a battle Saturday, Jan. 27 remaining undefeated GNAC team Saint Joseph's (Maine) comes to Regan Gymnasium for a 1 p.m. clash.
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For the fourth time this season, Suffolk's basketball teams will take part in a double feature. The women's team gets the action going at 1 p.m. versus GNAC powerhouse Saint Joseph's (Maine) with the men's team capping the action off at 3 p.m. against Mount Ida.
Both teams are 3-0 when playing on the same day inside Regan Gymnasium this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Jordan HIpwell poured in a career-high 23 points to lead five Rams in double figures as Suffolk women's basketball took down Johnson & Wales in a 70-67 thriller Thursday night at the Wildcat Center.
Thanks to its thrilling win at Johnson & Wales Thursday, Suffolk improved to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in league action, which sits tied with Emmanuel for third place in the conference standings.
Suffolk's 69.1 ppg is the fourth-most scoring output in the league. A pair of Rams are averaging double digits in Georgia Bourikas (14.8 ppg) and Jenni-Rose DiCecco (14.1 ppg). Alexis Hackett and Jordan Hipwell are also consistent contributors offensively, recording 9.5 ppg and 9.2 ppg, respectively.
Hackett anchors the Rams' defensive unit, which pulls down 42.6 rpg. The sophomore grabs 11.1 rpg with Bourikas (6.6 rpg) and Hipwell (6.5 rpg) adding to the effort on the glass.
Saint Joseph's is the lone unbeaten team in league play as the Monks hold down the top spot in the standings with an 8-0 league ledger and a 16-1 overall record. SJC's lone loss this season came to Babson Nov. 17 by a score of 81-64.
The Monks, who ride a 15-game win streak into Saturday, possess the league's best offense, putting in 76.9 ppg as a team. Four different players provide double figures paced by Kelsi McNamara's 17.1 ppg. Julia Champagne and Emily Benway sit second and third on the squad with 12.9 ppg and 12.1 ppg, respectively.
SJC's defense, meanwhile, ranks eighth in the league with the Monks grabbing 41.7 rpg. Benway leads the way on the boards with 7.2 rpg. Regan McFerran and Champagne chip in 5.5 rpg each.
With Saint Joseph's 66-59 win over Suffolk last season, the Monks leveled the all-time series to seven wins apiece. Six of the Rams victories over SJC have come on the blue-and-gold's home court in Boston.
Georgia Bourikas is inching closer to stamping her name in the Rams' record book. The senior is just 27 points shy of the coveted 1,000-point milestone. The guard from Hull, Massachusetts, also looks to move to her current fourth-place standing on the all-time treys made list with 131 up, while she has the chance to seal up spots on the all-time assists (194) and blocks (38) list.
Suffolk concludes January action on the road Tuesday (Jan. 30) when the Rams make the trip to across town for a clash with Emmanuel. Game time in Fenway is scheduled for 7 p.m.