Women's Hoops Cruises Past Caltech, 100-26

Sophomore Tamara Pena

PASADENA, Calif. – Despite early foul trouble that put Caltech in the bonus after 4:19 elapsed, the MIT women's basketball team defeated the Beavers, 100-26, on Friday night. The Engineers reached the century mark for the second time in program history and also registered the second largest margin of victory as Tech set these marks in a 105-30 decision over Rivier College in 1998.

Sophomore Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) amassed a game-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 12 points, 10 boards, and three steals as junior Anna Merrifield (Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Sophomore Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) notched eight points, seven caroms, and two blocks while freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) contributed eight points and five rebounds. Junior Rebecca Odim (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in nine points as Kirstyn Hein (Pinckney, Mich.) totaled eight points and four boards. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) rounded out the squad with five assists and four rebounds.

Pena put MIT on the board with a three pointer after 15 seconds elapsed, but two free throws from Rachel Hess and back-to-back layups by Sarah Wright gave Caltech a 6-3 edge two minutes later. On the Engineers' next possession, a put-back by Isaac ignited a string of 31 unanswered points which resulted in a 34-6 advantage with 6:51 remaining in the half. Hess ended the Beavers' scoring drought with a pair of layups; however, MIT responded with a 28-2 run to enter halftime with a 62-12 lead.

The Engineers continued to find success in the second stanza as a layup by senior Liz Burton (Fountain, Colo.) gave MIT its largest margin of the game (100-23) with 2:01 left to play. The Cardinal and Gray finished the night with advantages in rebounding (62-18), points off turnovers (46-11), second chance points (31-2), points in the paint (60-14), and bench points (50-5).

MIT, in its first visit to Caltech since the series began in the 2000-01 season, improved to 4-0 all-time against the Beavers and 3-1 for the year. The Engineers will conclude their West Coast road trip on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Occidental College.