BOSTON, Mass. – Clark University women's basketball faced a non-conference setback on Thursday night as Alexis Hackett posted a double-double with a game-high 23 points to go with 12 rebounds to pace Suffolk University to an 82-64 final at the Larry E. and Michael S. Smith Court.
Score: Rams 82, Cougars 64
Records: Clark University (3-7) | Suffolk University (6-3)
How it Happened
Sophomore Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) logged a team-high 16 points while tying her career-high of eight rebounds. Sophomore Ginny Benbow (Durham, Conn.) tallied 14 points on 7-of-8 from the free-throw stripe while also dishing out three assists.
Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) finished with 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block while sophomore Hallie Johnson (Princeton, Mass.) stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points on three three-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Suffolk finished with four double-figure scorers on the night as 13 points from Gabriella DeComa and 11 from Jenna-Rose Dicecco helped aid the offense of the Rams. Sophomore Emily Welling provided 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench for the host.
After Dicecco connected on the first points of the game, the Cougars jumped ahead as the first of three three-pointers in the half from Johnson gave the team an early 5-2 lead.
Suffolk would go on to take control in the frame as a three from Hackett sparked an eight-point unanswered span for an 11-5 lead with 2:11 left on the clock. The Cougars shrunk the deficit, 13-10, before the end of the quarter following successful two-for-two trips to the free-throw stripe by Benbow and sophomore Julia Beebe (Andover, Conn.).
The teams exchanged buckets to start the second frame, beginning with a three-pointer from Benbow. With 7:32 to go, the Rams gained separation with a triple from Dicecco leading to another 8-0 scoring run to give the host a 27-18 advantage.
But the Cougars jumped ahead to take their largest lead of the contest as Favaloro and Johnson combined to score 12 of 14 unanswered points to give the team a 32-27 advantage on the scoreboard. The Rams chipped away over the final two minutes with Clark bringing a 32-30 into halftime.
Suffolk came out strong in the second half of play as Hackett erupted for 11 points on three three-pointers in the third quarter while Gabriella Docomo supplied five points of her own to give the Rams possession of a 59-41 lead entering the final frame of regulation.
The Cougars had their best offensive quarter of the game in the fourth, fueled by Sifferlen who scored 11 of the team's 23 points over the ten minute span. However, Suffolk was able to keep pace with 23 points of their own to ease toward the 82-64 final score.
Led by Sifferlen's 9-of-13 free throws, the Cougars finished the game 21-of-30 from the stripe (70%). Throughout the game, Suffolk shot 32-of-75 from the floor (42.7%) while connecting on 13-of-33 three-pointers to Clark's 19-of-59 shooting (32.2%).
The Cougars are idle for winter break and resume action in the opening round of the Lehman College Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament in a 12:00 pm tilt against Drew University on Saturday, December 28.