Babson Holds off MIT, 56-44

Feb. 12, 2009

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Babson College, currently tied for second place in the NEWMAC standings, needed 11 straight points to rally for a 56-44 win over MIT in women’s basketball action on Wednesday. Jamie Simmons and Hannah Sparkman each tallied 11 points as Simmons added three assists. Amy Marshall notched nine points and two steals while Cheryl Kwinn totaled a team-high eight rebounds and three steals. Kristen Whaley registered three assists and two steals as Allison Simi grabbed five boards for the Engineers (4-16, 0-10 NEWMAC).

MIT trailed by seven (10-3) early on, but it mounted a 16-4 run which established a 19-14 edge at the 5:15 mark. The Beavers scored six straight points to reclaim the lead three minutes later. Free throws by Marshall resulted in the third lead change of the frame as Simmons increased the Engineers’ margin with another free throw. Babson tied the game at 22 on a pair of free throws, however, a three-pointer by Simmons with 11 seconds remaining gave the Cardinal and Gray a 25-22 cushion at the break.

The Engineers increased their advantage to five on two occasions, the last on a layup by Sparkman after 1:21 expired in the second half. The Beavers countered with a 13-3 run that resulted in a 37-32 lead at 13:47. MIT battled back, knotting the contest at 42 courtesy of a three-pointer from Alice Yeh with 5:29 to play. Babson then recorded its pivotal 11-point run during the next four minutes, which was eventually stopped due to a basket by Sparkman with 42 seconds on the clock. The Engineers wouldn’t get any closer as the Beavers sealed the win at the charity stripe.