Simmons Topped by Suffolk in GNAC Action, 74-49

Simmons Topped by Suffolk in GNAC Action, 74-49

BOSTON, Mass. -- The Simmons Sharks fell to the Suffolk University Rams, 74-49 Thursday Night in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Basketball action. The Rams improved to a 19-5 mark on the year while the loss drops Simmons to a 4-17 record on the year, and 2-9 mark in GNAC play.

Freshman Jen Janiak (Chelmsford, Mass.) finished the night with a team-high 14 points for the Sharks, highlighted by a 3-for-8 performance from beyond the arc. 

Junior Hannah May (Hamden, Conn.) chipped in with eight points on the night for Simmons, while freshman Nicole Alberghini (Northborough, Mass.) led all players with eight rebounds.

Each team finished the night even on the glass collecting 39 rebounds.

Sophomore Shelby Santini paced the offense for the Rams as she finished the evening with a team-high 14 points. Santini also grabbed five steals in the game as the Suffolk defense forced 25 Sharks turnovers in the game which they translated into 29 points. 

Prior to the game Suffolk honored their two senior members of the team, Jacqueline Vienneau and Lindsey Rogers. The duo combined for 21 points on the night. 

Both teams will round out their regular seasons on Saturday afternoon with GNAC action. Simmons will host Norwich University at 12:30 p.m. while Suffolk (10-1 GNAC) will travel to Emmanuel College (11-0 GNAC) for a 3:00 p.m. showdown with the Saints in a winner take all regular season finale. 

Both teams also took part in the "Play 4 Kay" Pink-Zone Breast Cancer Awareness initiative as they donned pink warm-up shirts prior to the 7:00pm tip-off this evening. The event is in honor of the former North Carolina State Head Coach, Kay Yow, who battled courageously with the disease before passing away in 2009. GNAC Women's Basketball teams have hosted these events throughout the month of February in collaboration with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).