- Score: MIT 74, Endicott College 51
- Records: MIT (6-2); Endicott (3-5)
- Location: Beverly, Mass. (MacDonald Gymnasium)
- The Lead: A strong second quarter that saw MIT turn a one-point lead into a 20-point advantage powered the MIT women's basketball team to a 74-51 victory over Endicott College on Thursday night. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) led all players with 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting while also going 6-for-6 at the free throw line in addition to grabbing four rebounds for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT raced out to an 8-3 lead but Endicott generated an 11-3 run, going ahead with 1:36 left in the quarter. Baskets by V'Dovec and freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) late in the frame put the Engineers back in front, 15-14.
- After a back-and-forth start to the second stanza, a layup by Luizzi at the 7:17 mark ignited a 23-6 run that resulted in a 42-22 advantage at halftime.
- MIT maintained its comfortable cushion throughout the third quarter as a layup by junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) with two seconds left increased the Engineers' advantage to 65-36.
- Despite outscoring MIT 15-9 in the final frame, Endicott could not overcome the deficit as the Engineers cruised to the 74-51 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) produced 12 points and four assists while Ngan finished with nine points and two steals. Junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) posted eight points and six assists as freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) tallied eight points, five boards, two steals, and one block. Junior Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) generated a game-high eight rebounds to go along with six points while Luizzi rounded out the visitors with six boards.
- The Engineers ended the night with advantages in field goal percentage (53.7 – 32.7), rebounds (43-20), and points in the paint (42-22). Endicott, meanwhile, had a slight edge in points off turnovers (19-15).
- MIT returns to action on Friday, Dec. 29 when it hosts the College of Staten Island at 2:00 p.m.