NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Libby Dutton scored 10 of her game high 14 points in the first half as the Smith College basketball team rolled to a 54-38 win over MIT on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers (7-5, 4-2 NEWMAC) registered their fourth straight league win and sending the Engineers (5-7, 1-5 NEWMAC) to their fifth loss in six games.
MIT took an early 6-5 lead on a three by Tamara Pena, but Smith put the game to bed early with a 12-2 run. Dutton supplied eight points in the critical burst, sandwiching a pair of threes around a fast-break layup that gave Smith a 17-8 lead with 10:46 left in the opening half.
The Pioneers kept their foot on the gas pedal, holding the Engineers scoreless over the final 4:02 while extended the lead to 20 points thanks to four free throws by Rosa Drummond and a layup by Brittany Purington. The hosts took a 34-14 lead at halftime.
Smith kept the intensity up after intermission, as Drummond opened the half with five consecutive points for a 37-16 lead. Sydney Parkmond drained a jumper with 7:07 to play that gave the Pioneers their biggest lead at 26 points, before the Engineers closed the game on a 7-0 run.
Rachel Hunt led MIT with 11 points and six rebounds as Pena racked up eight points, six steals, and a block. Margo Batie posted six boards, four points, and three steals as Anna Merrifield and Stephanie Cooke grabbed five and four rebounds, respectively.
Dutton led all scorers with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, while Drummond tossed in 13 points, pulled down a team high nine rebounds, and added two blocks and two steals. Ashani Petrizzi also pulled down nine boards.
Both squads continue conference play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 12. MIT will take on Wheaton College while Smith squares off with Clark University.
Release Courtesy of Smith College Sports Information