Feb. 7, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Clark University tallied 13 unanswered points during the final three minutes to pull away and secure a 69-51 victory over MIT in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball game. Jamie Simmons led the way for the Engineers (4-15, 0-9 NEWMAC) with 14 points, three assists, and three steals. Sarah Roderigue amassed 29 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor and an 11-13 outing at the charity stripe for the Cougars (10-11, 6-3 NEWMAC).
MIT controlled the momentum during the early stages of the game, eventually establishing a 17-7 advantage at the 11:35 mark. During the next seven minutes Clark mounted a 17-7 run that was capped by a three-pointer from Sara Hagstrom which evened the contest at 24. A pair of free throws by Amy Marshall put the Engineers ahead with 33 seconds on the clock. The Cougars knotted the game courtesy of a layup by Roderigue nine seconds later, but a jumper from Sally Simpson at the buzzer gave the Cardinal and Gray a 28-26 edge at the intermission.
Clark recorded the first six points of the second stanza, however MIT went up by one (33-32) on a basket by Hannah Sparkman and trey from Simmons. A three-pointer by Roderigue gave the Cougars the lead for good as they gradually increased their margin to nine (35-44) at the 12:18 mark. The Engineers battled back as a three-pointer by Simmons narrowed their deficit to four (48-44) less than five minutes later. Clark countered by reaching its first double-digit lead (54-44) with 4:57 on the clock. MIT continued to attack, cutting its deficit to five on two occasions, the last at 56-51 on a pair of free throws by Simmons with 3:05 remaining. On the Cougars’ ensuing possession, Kate Minister drained a three-pointer that sparked the pivotal run down the stretch.
Sparkman posted 13 points and five rebounds as Marshall added nine points, five boards, and three steals for the Engineers. Cheryl Kwinn notched a team-high six boards to go along with six points and three steals as Simpson contributed six points off the bench.
In addition to her game-high scoring effort, Roderigue tallied six rebounds and two steals. Ivori Aiken registered 10 points and six boards while Minister finished with nine caroms, seven points, four assists, and two blocks. Hagstrom added seven points, six assists, and three steals to the Cougars’ cause.
Both squads will continue NEWMAC action at on the road on Wednesday, Feb. 11. MIT will travel to Babson College while Clark will make the trip to Springfield College.