Jan. 17, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An efficient shooting performance coupled with three players reaching double-digits in scoring helped propel visiting Babson College to a 73-38 victory over MIT in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball game on Saturday. Nicole Wurdeman posted 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor as the Beavers (9-6, 2-1 NEWMAC) compiled a 48.4 field goal percentage. Clara Yuan and Kristen Whaley both totaled 10 points for the Engineers (4-9, 0-3 NEWMAC).
Babson established a 15-6 lead five minutes into the contest. On MIT’s ensuing possession, Yuan hit a jumper and then grabbed a steal which setup a three-pointer by Sally Simpson that trimmed the deficit to four (15-11). The Cardinal and Gray stayed within striking distance for most of the frame despite the Beavers extending their margin to double-digits on three occasions. A pair of free throws by Cheryl Kwinn brought the Engineers within eight (29-21) at the 5:24 mark. Babson responded by closing out the half with a 10-4 run, resulting in a 39-25 advantage at the intermission.
Each side traded baskets to start the second stanza before the Beavers rattled off 17 straight points to take a commanding 58-27 lead with 10:18 on the clock. A free throw by Jamie Simmons ended MIT’s nine-minute scoring drought, but it would not be enough to ignite a late rally as Babson maintained control of the game.
Whaley and Kwinn each grabbed six rebounds while Simpson notched seven points. Alice Yeh bolstered the Engineers’ attack with six points as Simmons totaled two assists and two steals.
Kathleen King had a solid outing for the Beavers, tallying 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Becky Bowman registered 15 points, five assists, and three steals while Michelle Kenel contributed nine points and five boards. Kelly McKenna added eight rebounds coming off the bench.
Both squads will continue NEWMAC action at home on Wednesday, Jan. 21. MIT will host WPI while Babson will take on Wellesley College.