Fast Start Powers Engineers to 44-26 Victory Over Wellesley

Maude Gull

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 44, Wellesley College 26

- Records: MIT (12-7, 8-4 NEWMAC); Wellesley (6-12, 3-8 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: The MIT women's basketball team outscored Wellesley College, 19-6, in the first quarter en route to a 44-26 NEWMAC women's basketball victory on Wednesday night. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) led all players with 15 points to go along with six rebounds and three blocks for the Engineers. Caitlin Aguirre paced the Blue with seven points and a game-high four steals while grabbing three rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- A basket by Emily Kopp brought Wellesley within 7-5 midway through the first quarter. On MIT's ensuing possession, V'Dovec replied with a jumper of her own which sparked a 12-1 run that was capped by a trio of free throws by junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) at the end of the frame.

- The Engineers' advantage grew to 16 on three occasions in the second stanza. However, the Blue countered with two points of its own each time, the last on two Kayla Jang free throws with 18 seconds remaining, making the score 28-14 at the intermission.

- Despite the third quarter being a defensive battle that saw both teams combine for 4-of-25 from the field, the hosts outscored the visitors, 7-2, to create a 35-16 cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

- Wellesley's offense found its rhythm during the final 10 minutes of regulation, outscoring MIT, 10-9, including a layup by Laura McGeary on the final possession of the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) posted seven points and five rebounds for the Engineers while freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) hauled in a game-high seven boards to go along with six points. Yuan and junior Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) both dished out four assists as freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) contributed five rebounds and two blocks.

- Jang finished with six points, followed by five from Kopp. Kendall You Mak totaled four rebounds and two assists as Lane Arkangel bolstered the Blue's defense with three boards and three steals.

- MIT ended the night with advantages in field-goal percentage (40.9 – 23.8), rebounds (35-24), points in the paint (20-14), points off turnovers (10-8), and second-chance points (5-0). Wellesley had a slight advantage in bench scoring, 8-7.

UP NEXT:

- Both squads continue conference play on the road on Saturday, Feb. 3. MIT will travel to WPI for a 3:00 p.m. tip off while Wellesley will visit Mount Holyoke College for a 1:00 p.m. start.

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