BOSTON — The Colby-Sawyer women's basketball came away with an important 63-60 road Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory at Suffolk on Tuesday.
Colby-Sawyer improves to 17-7 overall and 6-4 in the GNAC. The Chargers conclude the regular season on Saturday at the University of Saint Joseph. Suffolk dips to 16-8 overall and 7-3 in the conference.
The Chargers had four players reach double figures and account for all but one of the team's 63 points. Senior Tianna Sugars (Oxford, Maine) led the team with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting. She moved up to fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,337 points.
Senior Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) finished with 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Hamilton is tied for sixth in scoring with 2019 Colby-Sawyer Hall of Fame inductee Cailin Bullett '13 with 1,257 points. Junior Joslin Wainwright (Plainfield, N.H.) also scored 16 points. Senior Kristen Donaghey (Franklin, Mass.) chipped in 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Allie Lopes had a game-high 20 points thanks to a 6-for-9 shooting performance from beyond the arc. Alexis Hackett pulled down 11 rebounds and swatted seven shots. Gabriella DeComo added 13 points, while Jenni-Rose DiCecco tallied 10 points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds.
In the first 2:08 of the contest, Suffolk grabbed a 9-0 edge and then later led 12-4. Colby-Sawyer turned things around and ended the opening quarter with a 9-2 stretch to trail by one 14-13.
The visitors used an 8-2 run to begin the second to take a 21-16 advantage. The Rams kept it close with the long ball and made four in the frame, but Colby-Sawyer was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, including a 2-for-2 effort from Donaghey. Colby-Sawyer took a 36-30 lead into the break.
The Chargers lead fluctuated back-and-forth from eight in the third quarter until DeComo jump started Suffolk's offense. A traditional three-point play by the junior sparked an 11-4 Rams run over the final 4:37 in the third quarter to bring the home team within one, 47-46.
Lopes first hoop inside the arc put the rams ahead on their first chance in the fourth frame since the 9:44 of the second quarter. From there, the playing field leveled twice until the game of runs continued in Colby-Sawyer's favor. This time the visitors poured in six straight points to flip the script in its favor once again, 57-54.
Once again DeComo was the factor that helped Suffolk stay in things. The Chargers clung to the one-point edge with Suffolk's greatest glimpse to go in front was when Hackett was fouled on a three with 54 seconds to play.
The senior missed the first, made the second, and missed the third, which allowed Colby-Sawyer to hang onto the advantage.
A backdoor layup by Joslin Wainwright pushed the Chargers cushion to three with 33 seconds on the clock and Suffolk's multiple attempts were just off the mark for the 63-60 Colby-Sawyer final.
Colby-Sawyer outrebounded Suffolk 40-31. Suffolk was 10-of-27 from long range for 30 points, which accounted for half of the team's points.