SATURDAY, JAN. 26 // 1:00 PM
BOSTON – The Suffolk women's basketball team is set for a battle between the unbeaten as the Rams venture to Standish, Maine, Saturday, Jan. 26 for a clash at Saint Joseph's (Maine). Tip-off of the pair of undefeated GNAC foes is set for 1 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
Suffolk women's basketball kept its win streak intact Thursday night as the Rams' well-balanced team effort was enough to take down Anna Maria, 87-61, inside Regan Gymnasium.
Suffolk opened GNAC action 6-0 for the first time since 1999-00 to head into Saturday's showdown 14-4 overall.
Suffolk's success is behind a 66.8 ppg offense that sees a trio of players produce double digits in Jenni-Rose DiCecco (17.2 ppg), Alexis Hackett (12.5 ppg) and Allie Lopes (10.4 ppg). Marissa Gudauskas and Jordan Hipwell add sparks to the offense as well with 8.2 ppg and 7.9 ppg, respectively.
Defensively, the Rams' 40.0 rpg is anchored by Hackett's 11.6 rpg. The junior is aided on the glass by DiCecco (5.4 rpg) and Hipwell (4.5 rpg).
St. Joseph's has had a perfect season through 18 games with an unblemished overall (18-0) and league (6-0) ledgers.
The main ingredients to the Monks year are seniors Kelsi McNamara Emily Benway and Julia Champagne. The threesome combines for 47.0 ppg, which is over half of SJC's 75.6 ppg offensive output. McNamara's 21.8 ppg is off an impressive 46.5 connection rate from the floor. Benway registers 12.9 ppg and Champagne completes the trio with 12.3 ppg.
Benway leads the Monks on the glass with 9.9 rpg. Overall, the team grabs 40.8 rpg, outrebounding its foes by a 6.8 margin. Champagne chips in 4.9 rpg.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk trails the all-time series with Saint Joseph's, 7-10, after the Monks defeated the Rams, 73-59, in the 2018 GNAC Championship Feb. 24.
- The blue-and-gold has fallen to the Monks in six straight meetings and looks for its second-ever victory over SJC in Maine.
- The last time the Rams downed the Monks was Feb. 17, 2015, by a score of 57-35.
Suffolk's short trip to Maine is followed by a Tuesday, Jan. 29 tilt with Lasell inside Regan Gymnasium at 7 p.m.