DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A quartet of Rams scored double figures as Suffolk women's basketball bested Endicott, 68-57, Saturday night at UMass Dartmouth's Tripp Gymnasium to open Lafrance Hospitality Classic action.
SCORE: Suffolk 68 | Endicott 57
RECORDS: Suffolk (3-1-0) | Endicott (0-2-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Endicott put the first four points on the board before Jordan Hipwell, Jenni-Rose DiCecco and Marissa Gudauskas all struck from three-point range to flip the score in Suffolk's favor, 9-4.
The Gulls trimmed the margin to one and Gudauskas second triple of the day made it a two-possession game again for the Rams, 12-8.
The tightly contested contest remained as Endicott cut Suffolk's edge to one once again, 16-15, at the end of the first frame.
A back-and-forth affair ensued of the second stanza with a three lead changes and three ties. Endicott's Kaleigh Putnam free throw with 4 seconds on the clock before half time sent Suffolk to the locker room down one, 34-33.
Out of the break, the score locked four times before Natalie Fraioli hit a trey at the 2:34 minute mark of the third quarter to put the Rams ahead, 44-43. The freshman's long ball kept the blue-and-gold in front, 47-45, as the game headed to the fourth.
Suffolk started things out with seven unanswered points to put nine-point distance between it and the Gulls, 54-45. The Rams kept Endicott at least five points away the remainder of the way to secure the 68-57 victory and punch its ticket to the Lafrance Hospitality Classic Championship.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Alexis Hackett registered a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead Suffolk's foursome of players in double figures.
- DiCecco and Gabriella DeComo each provide 14 points. DiCecco pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists, while DeComo grabbed seven caroms.
- Fraioli completed the quartet of players in double digits with 10 points off the bench.
- As a team, Suffolk shot 34.4 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 69.6 percent from the foul line.
- The Rams won the battle on the glass, 54-39.
- Suffolk and Endicott met for the 15th time overall and first since 2014.
- The Rams moved to 10-15 all-time versus the Gulls.
- Hackett had her second straight double-double of the year and 17th double-double of her career.
- DiCecco has registered double figures in scoring in all four of Suffolk's games this season.
- DeComo reached double figures for the second consecutive contest.
- Fraioli notched a personal-best 10 points on a career-high two triples.
Suffolk will play for the Lafrance Hospitality Classic Championship tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 17 versus tournament host UMass Dartmouth at 2 p.m.