The Suffolk University Lady Rams have proven that their basketball team means business. As the regular season goes deeper into the back-end of the schedule, conference games will dominate the remainder of the season.
The Lady Rams (12-4) look to be in good position with the rest of the GNAC field, currently in third place with an undefeated conference record of 4-0.
Their latest victory was a 79-52 win over Norwich, and turned it into a no-contest early. The game was jam-packed with milestones, with the biggest being Coach Ed Leyden winning his 300th career game.
One of the Lady Rams put on an absolute show against Norwich, guard and team captain Jacqueline Viennuea. She was hot the whole night and finished with 20 points, 15 of which were three-pointers.
That means Viennuea was five-for-six from the three point line, and the statistic that is overlooked is the fact that as a starter, she was the only one not to turn the ball over.
The biggest statistic of all was her assists, because Viennuea is now Suffolk’s all-time leader in assists.
“I feel that our team is very confident,” said Viennuea, a senior from Salem, N.H. “Our coaches have a lot of faith in us as a team and hold us to high expectations for this season. They put a lot of time and effort into preparing us for our games which allows us to go into them confidently. We try to take each game one at a time and reach our short term goals that we set for ourselves each week. Staying focused and motivated at practice will be key to our success in the back-half of our season.”
As impressive as Viennuea’s performance was against Norwich, she understands that she cannot settle for just single game performances.
“I am constantly working to improve my game every day,” said Viennuea. “Whether it be my shooting, dribbling, or any other aspect of the game I am always trying to improve. I think that continues to be my mentality along with my teammates mentalities as well; we will be very successful this year.”
The Lady Rams as a whole have proven they have the tools to win, but even more impressively, they have proven they have the composure to win on the road. They are 6-1 on the road, with their only loss being a two-point loss in the Ramapo Tip-Off Tournament against Ramapo. They have been undefeated on the road since that game, which they lost in the final four seconds.
“I have complete confidence in my team at home or away,” said Viennuea. “It is tough to get a win after traveling and playing in someone’s gym but as a team we are mentally strong and approach every game the same, regardless if it is home or away. We want to win, so we will do whatever it takes to do so.”
The Lady Rams take a trip to Anna Maria on Wednesday, followed by a home game against rival Emerson this Saturday.