January 9, 2008

Smith Holds on to Defeat Women's Basketball, 54-45

Jan. 9, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Smith College withstood a late surge by MIT to open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 54-45 victory on Wednesday night. Berit Schelde paced the Pioneers (3-7, 1-0 NEWMAC) with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor while Sally Simpson tallied 14 points, including nine from three-point range, for the Engineers (6-5, 0-1 NEWMAC).

Both sides traded baskets to start the game until a trey by Schelde put Smith ahead, 7-4, at the 17:26 mark. MIT stayed close, as it trailed by four (18-14) midway through frame. Following over three minutes of scoreless play, the Pioneers tallied six straight points to push their advantage to 24-14 with 2:35 on the clock. After a timeout by the Engineers on their ensuing possession, Clara Yuan drained a three-pointer which was countered with a put-back by Smith's Lisa Marie Vuono for a 26-17 halftime lead.

MIT opened the second half with a lay-up by Cheryl Kwinn, but the Pioneers responded with a 19-5 run that spanned the next 11 minutes. Sally Simpson registered a four-point play to end a six-minute scoring drought by the Engineers at 7:53. The Cardinal and Gray continued to attack as it tallied 17 of the final 26 points, including a 9-1 spurt during the final four minutes of regulation.

Samia Mahjub picked up her second double-double of the season as she totaled 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for MIT. Kwinn contributed eight points and four boards while Kimberly Soo Hoo registered five assists and two steals.

Along with her game-high scoring performance, Schelde paced the Pioneers with four assists. Laura Miller notched 15 points and 10 caroms as Meredith Murelli led the way with 13 rebounds and two blocks. Vuono finished the night with eight boards and a trio of assists and steals.

MIT continues its homestand on Monday, Jan. 14 went it hosts Newbury College while Smith will continue conference play on Saturday, Jan. 12 when it visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.