Mount Holyoke Holds off MIT, 64-54

Jan. 25, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Free-throw shooting proved to be the difference as Mount Holyoke College tallied 17 points at the charity stripe en route to a 64-54 victory over MIT on Saturday. Jamie Simmons paced the Engineers (4-11, 0-5 NEWMAC) with 17 points, including 15 from behind the arc, and added four assists. Cheryl Kwinn registered six rebounds and three assists while Kristen Whaley posted four boards and three assists. Coming off the bench, Clara Yuan contributed nine points, Hannah Sparkman added eight points, and Allison Simi grabbed four caroms.

Neither team led by more than seven points in a first half that saw one tie and eight lead changes. After falling behind 27-20, MIT rallied for eight straight points to go in front with just over one minute remaining in the frame. Mount Holyoke notched the final three points of the half and took a 30-28 edge into the locker room.

The early stages of the second stanza were closely played as a three-pointer by Simmons brought the Engineers within one (36-35) at the 14:56 mark. The Lyons responded by going on a 21-6 run over the next 10 minutes to establish their largest margin of the day. MIT battled back, cutting its deficit in half (59-51) with 1:11 left to play. Mount Holyoke picked up its next five points at the charity stripe while a three-pointer by Yuan set up the final score.