BOSTON, Mass. -- Junior forward Molly Phillips (Cranston, R.I.) scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team in a 61-45 loss to host Suffolk University this evening at Regan Gymnasium in Boston, Mass. The Sharks fall to 1-12, 1-7 GNAC, while the Rams improve to 13-3 and 6-1.
The Suffolk defense held Simmons to just 27.8% (15-54) shooting from the floor and outscored the visitors in three of the four quarters of play.
Phillips added four rebounds to her night for the Sharks, while senior forward Presley Silva (Wilmington, Mass.) chipped in with six points, seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal.
Senior guard Alexandra Nagri (Salem, N.Y.) led the way for the Rams with 12 points, while junior guard Marissa Gudauskas (Bolton, Conn.) provided 11 points, all of which came in the fourth quarter. First year forward Jordan Hipwell (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) dropped 10 points to complete the Suffolk trifecta of Rams in double figures.
Junior forward Lauren Brandau (Madison, Mass.) made a layup for the Sharks to knot the game at 9-9 for the fourth tie of the opening five minutes of the quater. Suffolk scored the next five points as part of a 9-2 run, fueled by five points from Hipwell, to take an 18-11 lead with just under two minutes to play in the opening quarter. Simmons scored the final point of the quarter and held the Rams without a point through the first three and a half minutes of the period, while first year guard Carli Koffinke (Franklin, Mass.) sank a jumper to pull the Sharks to within 18-14 at the 7:53 mark of the second quarter. Suffolk increased its lead to 26-16 at the 5:03 mark following an 8-2 burst, led by five points from Nagri. Presley later knocked down a pair of free throws to pull Simmons to within 28-21 at 2:12 of the period. The Rams scored the final eight of nine points to close out the half and take a 36-22 cushion into the intermission.
Suffolk opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to increase its advantage to 46-26 with 1:49 to go in the period. The Sharks netted the final seven points of the quarter, including five from Phillips, to cut the margin to 46-33 at the end of three quarters. The Rams later restored their lead to 20 with 83 seconds left to play, before Simmons closed out the game with four unanswered points from first year guard Jalissa Rodriguez (Waterbury, Conn.) to make it a 61-45 final.
The Sharks will be in action again on Thursday, January 25 when they head to Newton, Mass. for a 5:00 p.m. game at Mount Ida College, while Suffolk travels to Providence, R.I. to play Johnson & Wales University in GNAC action at 7:00 p.m.