Suffolk Knocks Off Women's Basketball 61-49

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a 13-0 run late in the second-half, Suffolk University (17-5) ended a two-game losing streak at the hands of UMass Boston (12-10) with a 61-49 victory at the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium Thursday evening.

Sophomore Shelby Santini recorded a season-high 17 points, while point guard Jacqueline Vienneau  added 12 of her 17 points in the second half, to help the Rams earn their fourth straight victory. 

Kirsten Morrison (North Reading, Mass.) and Lauren Perra (Taunton, Mass.) paced UMB with 10 points apiece. Morrison added seven rebounds and three steals in the Beacons third consecutive home loss.

Freshman Olivia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, while junior captain Andrea Suffredini (Milford, Mass.) added seven points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals against her former team. Suffredini spent two seasons with the Rams, before transferring to UMass Boston over the summer.

The two teams played an even first half, with seven lead changes and three ties between the intracity rivals. After UMass Boston inched out to a 4-0 lead, Suffolk grabbed the lead for the next 12 minutes, behind their hot shooting from behind the arc. UMass Boston grabbed a 21-20 lead with four minutes to go behind back-to-back layups from Murphy and Morrison, but a Vienneau 3-pointer with two minutes to go in the half, spotted Suffolk a 28-26 halftime advantage. 

Three-point shooting would be the story in the second-half as well, as Suffolk knocked down 8-of-15 attempts, compared to just 4-of-14 for UMB. 

With the Rams leading 48-44 with 6:43 to go, the Rams went on a 13-0 run by forcing five Beacons turnovers over the next 5:43.

Vienneau sparked the run with a 3-pointer and finished the Rams flurry with nine of the 13 points. 

By the time Teresa Pina (Boston, Mass.) knocked down a jumper with a minute to play, the Beacons trailed 61-46.

UMass Boston will finish off the home portion of their schedule Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they host Plymouth State University. Before the game, the Beacons will recognize their lone senior, Teresa Pina.