Jan. 1, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Competing in the South Padre Island Shootout, MIT fell to Amherst College (58-39) and LeTourneau University (69-52) during the last week of December. Sharon Prange represented the Engineers (3-7) on the All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.5 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, two assists and 1.5 steals.
Against Amherst, Prange opened the scoring with a lay-up, which helped propel MIT to a 6-2 advantage at the 15:37 mark. The Lord Jeffs responded by scoring six unanswered points in a span of 1:13 to take the lead. The Engineers stayed close for most of the frame, eventually knotting the contest at 18 on a pair of free throws from Prange with 6:48 remaining. Amherst drained a three-pointer on its next possession that sparked a 16-4 run to close the half.
The Lord Jeffs extended their double-digit margin in the second stanza, as MIT endured a pair of lengthy scoring droughts. Prange posted a game-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds, one block, and one steal. Christa Margossian led all scorers with nine boards and added seven points. Kimberly Soo Hoo registered seven caroms and three assists while Clara Yuan grabbed three steals.
In Saturday's match-up with LeTourneau, the first half was tightly played as it featured four lead changes and three ties. The Lady Jackets established a 6-2 edge after 2:19 elapsed. On MIT's next possession, Soo Hoo converted a jumper which was followed by a trey from Yuan to give the Engineers their first lead of the game (7-6).
Tech held on to its slim lead until LeTourneau evened the score at 11 with 13:38 to go. The Lady Jackets tacked on six points before MIT went on an 8-0 run for a 19-17 advantage at 8:16. LeTourneau posted four consecutive points, but Soo Hoo answered with a pair of free throws to tie the game for the third time. The Lady Jackets closed the half by outscoring MIT, 11-4, for a 32-25 margin at the break.
The Engineers remained within striking distance for most of the second stanza, trailing by six (54-48) with 5:17 left on the clock. LeTourneau responded with a 15-4 run down the stretch to set up the final score.
Prange recorded her first double-double of the season on 18 points and 11 rebounds while tallying three assists, three blocks, and two steals. Yuan notched 15 points and 10 boards as Soo Hoo totaled 10 points. Margossian rounded out the rebounding corps with 11 caroms.