Saturday, January 12, 2008
Regan Gymnasium, Boston, Mass.


BOSTON, Mass.-- Senior Katie Castignetti (Braintree, Mass.) scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures as Suffolk notched a 68-53 victory over Albertus Magnus in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Regan Gymnasium.

The host Rams (5-4, 1-0 Great Northeast) scored 13 of the game’s first 15 points en route to a 34-19 advantage at the break against the league’s highest scoring squad entering the contest, but the visiting Falcons (6-3, 0-1 Great Northeast) scored the first six points after intermission to slice their deficit to nine and further closed the gap to just seven (43-36) with 12:22 remaining on a pair of free throws by freshman Nikki McClease (New Haven, Conn.). Suffolk then scored eight straight points as part of an overall 14-3 run over the next five-plus minutes of action in taking a 57-39 advantage with 6:46 to play on a free throw by sophomore Stephanie Zito (Guilford, Conn.), as Albertus Magnus got no closer than 10 points in the closing minutes of action.

Castignetti added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in the win for Suffolk, which also received 12 points and five assists from Zito as well as 10 points, three assists and three steals from senior Stephanie Morrissey (Abington, Mass.). Junior Meghan Tracey (Rehoboth, Mass.) collected eight points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Rams, who received at least one point from all 10 players that saw action in the game. The hosts shot 40 percent from the floor on the afternoon and recorded 22 steals in converting 29 points off of 35 Falcon turnovers in the triumph.

McClease accounted for nearly half of her team’s point total with a double-double effort of 25 points and 17 rebounds in the setback for Albertus Magnus, which also received 10 points and nine rebounds from sophomore Krystal Bryant (New Haven, Conn.). Junior Gia Paturzo (North Haven, Conn.) added six points and six assists for the Falcons, who shot 37 percent from the field and held a 44-39 rebounding advantage for the day but were outscored by a 20-5 margin at the foul line for the contest.

Suffolk heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Tuesday evening to take on Pine Manor in a Great Northeast outing that tips-off at 7:00 p.m., while Albertus Magnus hosts Emmanuel in a Great Northeast match-up on Tuesday evening in New Haven, Conn. that also begins at 7:00 p.m.