May 23, 2011

Women’s Basketball Receives NEWMAC Sportsmanship Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the fourth time in five years the MIT women's basketball team was the recipient of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Sportsmanship Award. Voted upon by the league's student-athletes, the award recognizes the team that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.

"Our team takes a lot of pride in our sportsmanship," commented co-captain Lauren Sascha Burton. "We think it's a very important part of being an excellent competitor and we are excited to be recognized by our peers again."

The award caps off a season that saw the Engineers register several milestones, including setting the Institute record for blocks with a tally of 119. The squad ranked seventh in the country in scoring defense (49.4) and was second in the NEWMAC in field goal percentage defense (.339), blocked shots per game (5.0), and three-point field goal percentage defense (.273). Individually, Rachel Hunt finished 19th in the nation in blocks per game with an average of 3.0.