January 2, 2008

Balanced Performance Powers MIT to 61-40 Victory Over Caltech

Jan. 2, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A solid all-around effort by MIT helped lead it to a 61-40 win over Caltech in a non-conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night. The Engineers (5-4) saw all eight of their players score at least three points, while seven recorded at least two assists and the same amount also grabbed at least one rebound. In addition, the Cardinal and Gray tied the Institute record for fewest turnovers in a game with seven.

Lisa Yee opened the scoring for Caltech (2-7) with a lay-up at the 18:54 mark, which was immediately followed by Kimberly Soo Hoo's three-pointer on MIT's ensuing possession. The Beavers reclaimed the lead on Jessica Roberts' jumper, but a basket by Sally Simpson put the Engineers ahead for good with 17:58 on the clock. Caltech stayed within striking distance for most of the frame, coming within five (24-19) on a jumper by Rene Davis with 7:45 remaining. MIT responded with a 15-1 run to close the half with a 39-20 advantage.

The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza with six unanswered points during the first three minutes for their largest margin of the night (45-20). The Beavers countered by scoring 13 out of the next 18 points to narrow the gap to 17 (50-33) with 9:20 left to play. Following nearly two minutes of scoreless play, MIT registered its final surge with a 7-0 spurt that was capped with a trey from Soo Hoo.

Samia Mahjub paced the Engineers with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. Kelsey Cappelle grabbed a team-high nine boards while Clara Yuan contributed 10 points, eight rebounds, and two steals. Soo Hoo finished with nine points, five assists, and three steals as Cheryl Kwinn rounded out the rebounding corps with eight caroms.

Eight out of nine Caltech players that entered the game recorded at least two points and two rebounds. Roberts tallied a team-high nine points as Lindsay King tallied 11 rebounds and six points. Yee totaled nine boards, six points, and three assists while Lea Kunesh notched six points. Davis rounded out the Beavers' starting lineup with six points and five rebounds.

Both teams will continue non-conference play this weekend. MIT will travel to Simmons College on Friday, Jan. 4 while Caltech will host Grinnell College on Saturday, Jan. 5.