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January 10, 2014

After long layoff, Salem State women's hoop falls to Fitchburg

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“The girls were nervous coming out tonight because so much is new for them. Having me as their coach and learning my system is challenging, but we made some adjustments at the half after seeing what worked. Cote was huge for us. She’s a great shooter, and once she settled down and didn’t rush her jump shot it made a big difference.”

Carter had a team-high nine rebounds for the Vikings and also had four steals in 33 minutes. Bruni (8 rebounds) and Ginny Fleming from Peabody (7) also hit the boards hard, but dismal shooting — 23.3 percent in the second half and only 25.4 percent for the game — did the Lady Vikings in. The Vikings tried to get back in the game with three-point shots, but made only 2 of 17.

“Bostick had his girls hungry and ready for us,” said Cunningham. “We gave up a lot of rebounds on the offensive end, and, with the exception of Carter, our shots weren’t falling. This just wasn’t our night, but we’re a better team than what we showed.”

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