WESTON, Mass. – Suffolk women's basketball's winning ways came to a halt Wednesday night as the Rams fell to Regis, 64-49, at Higgins Court.
SCORE: Suffolk 49 | Regis 64
RECORDS: Suffolk (15-7, 6-2 GNAC) | Regis (13-10, 7-2 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Suffolk was limited to just nine points over the first 10 minutes, which allowed Regis to take control early. Out of a 5-4 score that favored the Pride, the hosts took over with an 11-3 run to take a 16-7 lead with 1:17 left in the first frame. Jenni-Rose DiCecco's second hoop of the night came with 21 seconds left in the opening quarter though to cut the gap down to seven and start a momentum shift in the Rams favor.
Emily Welling provided a spark early on in the second. The sophomore scored four quick points to keep Suffolk within striking distance before DiCecco buried her second behind-the-arc to pull the Rams within seven, 23-16, at the 7:02 minute mark. That trey and the junior's third of the game sandwiched a Gabriella DeComo layup that made it a two-point game at the midway point of the second quarter.
See-saw action ensued as the teams traded buckets over the next five minutes. The tic-for-tac action had Regis ahead at the break, 30-25.
Another slow quarter for Suffolk paid out in the Pride's favor as the Rams scored just eight points out of the locker room to fall behind 15, 48-33.
With a lot of ground to make up, Natalie Fraioli started things out with a traditional three-point play within the first 15 seconds of the fourth frame. Rachel LaSaracina followed with a pair of freebies and Allie Lopes got in on the comeback action with a triple. Those eight unanswered points pulled the blue-and-gold within 10, but back-to-back layups from the Pride made it a 14-point game once again.
Lopes started another Suffolk scoring stretch. The sophomore knocked down two treys during another 8-0 Rams run to make it a two-possession game, 55-49, with 6:16 to go.
The Rams went ice cold from there though, without a bucket over the final six minutes, which allowed Regis to walk away with the 64-49 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- DiCecco led the way with 15 points to go with four rebounds, three helpers, and three steals.
- Lopes joined DiCecco in double-digits with 11. She shot 4-for-9 on the day with a 3-for-6 showing from three-point land. Lopes added four steals, two boards and one handout.
- LaSaracina and Welling supplied eight and six points off the bench, respectively. The latter grabbed eight caroms and had a pair of assists and steals.
- DeComo helped on both ends of the hardwood with six points, three rebounds, two dimes and one steal.
- LaSaracina matched a career-high two free throws made.
- Lopes matched a personal-best four steals.
- Welling handed out a career-high two helpers.
Suffolk returns to the Ridgeway Building for the first time since the first semester finale Dec. 12, 2019, this Saturday, Feb. 15 when it welcomes Norwich to the newly renovated Larry E. and Michael S. Smith Court. Tip-off of Senior Day is scheduled for 1 p.m.