BOSTON – The Suffolk women's basketball team trounced its Boston local Pine Manor Thursday night, 84-68, inside Regan Gymnasium.
Now 8-4 overall, Suffolk received outstanding performances from a number of players. In just 19 minutes of action off the bench, Chelsea Campellone shot 50 percent (8-16) from the field for 19 points and provided 15 boards on the defensive end. Kelsey Schiebel matched Campellone's team-high 19 points, while Alexandra Nagri chipped in 13. Caitlyn Caramello had a career night with 18 rebounds, the most by a player in blue-and-gold since Tori Brillaud'15 matched that number against Johnson & Wales February 5, 2013 and added eight points. Alexandra Clarke contributed a career-high 12 boards to Suffolk's team total 80.
Pine Manor, who dips to 1-11 with the defeat, was lead by a game-high 21 points from Shaquanda Middleton.
Suffolk breezed to a 9-0 lead over the first 2:46 of the game and never gave up its lead as it went ahead, 22-9 after the first 10 minutes. Pine Manor began to pick up its pace in the second stanza, but the Rams continued to hold strong to take a 47-29 lead into the locker rooms.
Nagri led the hosts with 11 points, but the real story over the first 20 minutes was Suffolk's efforts on the glass. The Rams outrebouned the Gators, 39-27, led by 12 from Caramello and nine Clarke.
Pine Manor used outside shooting for its comeback attempt in the second half. Middleton heated up and went on fire, but the reserve guard could not carry the load on her back and the Rams held on for the 84-68 non-conference victory.
The Rams hit the road Saturday when they open GNAC play at Simmons at 1 p.m.
Pine Manor plays Green Mountain, Tuesday the 12th at 4PM