The No. 3 seed Suffolk University Women's Basketball team used a combined 39 points from freshman Stephanie Zito (Guilford, CT) and senior Jenn Fogg (Stonington, CT) to defeat the No. 6 seed Johnson and Wales University 56-43 in a GNAC Quarterfinal game at Suffolk's Regan Gymnasium Tuesday night. The Rams play No. 2 seed Norwich on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel College in the GNAC Semifinals.
Zito finished with 20 points and 5 rebounds on 7-13 shooting, while Fogg added 19 points and 6 rebounds on 4-12 shooting.
After a three-point play from JWU's Alexia Ramirez cut the Suffolk lead to 46-40 with 3:27 remaining, Fogg and sophomore Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, MA) led Suffolk on a 10-3 run to wrap up the playoff victory. Five of Tracey's seven points on the night came on the game-ending run, she also finished with 11 rebounds.
Alyse Ragaglia's only bucket of the game for JWU with nine seconds left in the first-half cut the Suffolk lead to just 25-20 heading into the break.
Suffolk led 19-18 with 3:55 remaining before a mini 6-0 run gave them a 25-18 lead with 2:12 to go.
The Rams trailed 14-9 midway through the first half, but exploded for a 10-0 run to take a 19-14 lead with 4:58 remaining in the first-half.
Johanna Santusuosso led JWU with 13 points on 4-11 shooting. Samantha Cowens dropped in 11 points and seven rebounds on 5-8 shooting.
The Rams improved to 18-8 overall on the season. Johnson and Wales finishes their season with a 9-16 overall record.
By Philip Camara
Suffolk Sports Information Intern