Jan. 23, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Just 13 games into her rookie campaign, Clara Yuan eclipsed the MIT record for made three-point field goals in a season at Springfield College on Saturday. With a pair of treys, Yuan's tally rose to 34, surpassing the mark of 32 set by Maisha Gray after playing in 28 games during the 1998-99 season. Unfortunately, her sharp-shooting was not enough as the Pride recorded a 67-55 victory over the Engineers in New England Women' and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
Springfield's (12-5, 6-0 NEWMAC) offense was unstoppable early in the contest as it built a 13-0 lead after 2:37 had elapsed. A lay-up by Cherelle Walls put the Engineers (3-10, 0-5 NEWMAC) on the board at 15:38. The Pride continued to attack, extending its advantage to 16 points (22-6) during the next four minutes. A free throw by Karen Kinnaman sparked a 24-6 run that resulted in Tech leading, 30-28, at the intermission.
Springfield once again tallied 13 unanswered points to open the half, taking a 43-30 lead at the 14:57 mark. MIT outscored the Pride, 20-10, over the course of 10 minutes to cut the deficit to three (53-50). Springfield responded by going on a 14-5 run of its own to close the game.
Michal Ruchelsman and Walls each totaled a team-best 11 points coming off the bench. Kinnaman added 10 points and eight rebounds while Christa Margossian collected a team-high nine boards. Kimberly Soo Hoo led all scorers with eight assists.