WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University quickly established a commanding lead that MIT was unable to overcome as the host Cougars registered a 76-36 victory in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) paced the Engineers with 12 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals coming off the bench.
Clark tallied 14 straight points during the first seven minutes of the contest while a steal by sophomore Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) set up a basket from fellow classmate Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) to put MIT on the board. The Cougars responded with 10 unanswered points to extend its comfortable margin.
A layup by Hunt at the 7:26 mark ended the Engineers' scoring drought from the floor while Hao powered the attack with a pair of three-pointers and a lay-in to help MIT outscore Clark, 19-13, and enter halftime trailing, 37-22.
The Cougars' offense maintained its momentum in the second stanza as it generated a 14-3 run during the first four minutes to put the game out of reach.
Hunt finished the day with seven points and six rebounds, including five off the offensive glass. Pena notched six points and four steals while freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) tallied four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Sophomore Margo Batie (Los Angeles, Calif.) tacked on four points as junior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) grabbed four steals. Freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) hauled in five boards while classmate Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) totaled four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
As a team, the Engineers snagged 16 steals and forced 22 turnovers while collecting 22 offensive rebounds.
MIT (7-5, 3-3 NEWMAC) concludes its three-game NEWMAC road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at nationally-ranked No. 22 Babson College.