By Dan Harrison
---- — SALEM — There was the perfect amount of pink tint in the always Blue-and-Orange Twohig Gynasium last night.
The Vikings were thinking pink in honor of breast cancer awarenes, and both the men and women’s basketball teams put on quite the show. With Framingham State visiting, the ladies came back in the second half for a 83-72 win before the men blew the visitors doors off with a 76-52 win.
“I think it’s a great cause. My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor, so it hits close to home,” explained women’s head coach Michelle Cunningham. “I love that we all take part in it; I get to wear my pink shoes. It’s a great effort.”
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee co-presidents Paige Fleming and Tucker Davis were two of the many SSU student-athletes on hand to help set up and carry out the event. This was the sixth annual ‘Think Pink’ event held by the SSU athletic department and Davis, a senior history major, thinks last night’s showing indicates how much the event has grown.
“It’s important for a lot of people to understand how (breast cancer) affects not just our community, but the nation at large. The turnout gets better and better every year,” noted Davis.
Peabody native Ginny Fleming’s (17 points) emotional presence on the court, especially down low, helped the Viking women (10-12) come back from a 13-point deficit. Bridget Dullea (Peabody) and Ashley White (Salem) took it to the basket throughout the second half. Dullea (12
points) scored eight points in a two-minute span as part of the comeback, while White (25 points) was consistently draining her floater in the paint.
Tavone Wynder (a team-high 15 points) led the Salem State men (13-9) and had three blocks in the first five minutes of the second half as
Framingham State scored only five points in the first 10 minutes after the break.