January 26, 2008

Strong Second Half Propels Engineers to 59-49 Victory

Jan. 26, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Powered by a 20-7 run during the final eight minutes of regulation, the MIT women's basketball team went on to register a 59-49 victory over Mount Holyoke College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on Saturday. Senior captain Kimberly Soo Hoo dished out a game-high seven assists for the Engineers (8-8, 1-4 NEWMAC), helping her break the Institute mark for assists in career which was previously 349.

MIT established a 10-3 lead after four minutes elapsed, but the Lyons (3-13, 0-5 NEWMAC) battled back and evened the contest at 14 on a three-pointer by Erin Cain at the 12:54 mark. Each side picked up a basket during the next five minutes before a trey from Mount Holyoke's Jess Olson sparked an 11-0 run that resulted in a 27-16 advantage with 2:45 on the clock. Kristen Whaley's jumper ended the Engineers' scoring drought on the ensuing possession and a free throw by Soo Hoo brought them within eight (27-19) a minute later. Another three-pointer by Olson extended the Lyons' margin back to 11 but Whaley narrowed the gap with a free throw right before the break to make the score, 30-20.

The Engineers kicked off the second stanza with a 15-4 run that was capped with a three-point play by Samia Mahjub at 13:50. Mount Holyoke regained the lead on its next possession on a lay-up from Marisa Barone and maintained a slight edge until another three-point play by Mahjub tied the game at 42 with 8:05 on the clock. MIT then scored eight unanswered points to start its pivotal run however the Lyons cut their deficit in half (51-47) courtesy of a trey from Olson and a jumper by Barone with 1:29 left. A three-point play by Kelsey Cappelle on MIT's next trip down the court ended the late rally and forced Mount Holyoke to foul during the final minute. The Engineers converted four of their five attempts while a put-back by Katie Austen wrapped up the scoring for the Lyons.

Mahjub finished the day with 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out while Clara Yuan contributed 11 points. Cappelle notched 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-5 outing at the free throw line. In addition to her record-breaking performance, Soo Hoo chipped in eight points, draining six of her eight free-throw attempts, while grabbing five rebounds.

Olson paced the Lyons with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists as Barone posted 14 points and eight boards, six of which coming off the offensive glass. Cain bolstered Mount Holyoke's offense with 13 points in the loss.

Both teams will continue NEWMAC play on Wednesday, Jan. 30. MIT will host Wheaton College while Mount Holyoke will travel to Smith College.