Smith Hangs On in Victory Over MIT

Jan. 22, 2005

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT women's basketball team fell to Smith College, 54-42, in NEWMAC action on Saturday. The Engineers' bench dominated, outscoring the Pioneers, 28-9. Cherelle Walls led the way with 10 points and three blocks. Cassie Puccinelli registered a game-high 14 points and totaled nine rebounds and three blocks for the Pioneers.

Smith (5-10, 1-5) scored eight unanswered points before Karen Kinnaman put Tech on the scoreboard with a free throw at 15:53. Christa Margossian cut the deficit to five (8-3) by sinking a pair of shots from the charity stripe. Over the course of the next five minutes, the Pioneers built a 15-point advantage (30-15), their largest of the game.

A pair of baskets by Jasmin Moghbeli helped MIT (3-9, 0-4) outscore Smith, 11-4, during the final 9:54 of the half. Kinnaman's put-back at the buzzer narrowed the Pioneers' margin to 34-26 at the intermission.

Both squads traded baskets to open the second stanza. At the 13:09 mark, baskets from Moghbeli, Kinnaman, and Walls brought the Engineers within three (38-35). Tech was held scoreless during the next four minutes while Ann Hisken contributed a free throw and set-up Diana Bull for a three-pointer. Walls ended the drought with 8:21 remaining on a basket in the paint, cutting the margin to five (42-37). Smith countered with a run of its own, outscoring the Engineers, 12-5, to close the game.

Karen Kinnaman dished out a career- and game-high seven assists while tallying six rebounds, seven points, two blocks, and two steals. Michal Ruchelsman, Jasmin Moghbeli, and Christa Margossian each registered six points off the bench. Margossian grabbed five boards while Ruchelsman and Moghbeli both collected four caroms.

For Smith, Diana Bull finished the day with 11 points while Ann Hisken added nine points and eight rebounds. Nati Lenchner and Crystal Diehl each totaled seven points with Lenchner collecting nine rebounds.

The next game for MIT will be on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. when it travels to Wheaton College.