WPI Overpowers MIT, 65-42
Jan. 23, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A 19-2 run by WPI during the last six minutes of the first half proved to be the difference as it cruised to a 65-42 victory over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game. Serena Dubois, one of four WPI (8-7, 3-2 NEWMAC) players to reach double-figures, led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds. Kelsey Cappelle recorded a solid performance for MIT (7-8, 0-4 NEWMAC), as she finished with 16 points, eight of which from the free throw line, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks.
WPI opened the contest with a three-point play by Natasha Deschene, which was followed by back-to-back baskets from MIT's Sally Simpson and Alice Yeh. A free throw from Dubois returned the advantage to WPI, but Cappelle evened the contest at five with a free throw of her own. Two shots by Deschene at the charity stripe gave WPI the lead for good as it went on to establish a slight edge. Despite notching two field goal during a span of 10 minutes, MIT stayed within striking distance and eventually narrowed the gap to three (15-12) courtesy of a pair of free throws from Cappelle. On WPI's ensuing possession, a put-back by Dubois ignited the pivotal run as the visitors entered the break with a 34-14 lead.
WPI's defense continued to thwart MIT's scoring attempts in the second stanza as its margin grew to as many as 28 points. WPI was a force to be reckoned with in the paint, outscoring MIT, 38-14, and also registered a 24-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Deschene and Kaileen Selen tallied 10 points apiece as Rachel Salvatori contributed 12 for WPI. Amber Dangelo collected seven rebounds while Kate Maki dished out a game-high five assists.
Both teams will continue NEWMAC play on Saturday, Jan. 26. MIT will host Mount Holyoke College while WPI will travel to Springfield College.