February 13, 2008

MIT Edges Out Babson, 52-49, in Senior Night Thriller

Feb. 13, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A go-ahead three-pointer by Clara Yuan with nine seconds remaining and then a clutch steal by Kimberly Soo Hoo four seconds later wrapped up a back-and-forth seven minutes of action as MIT captured a 52-49 win over Babson College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Wednesday night. Yuan led all scorers with 18 points, eight of which came during the final three minutes of regulation, as the Engineers improved to 11-11 overall and 3-7 in conference play. Caitlin Boulier paced the Beavers (10-12, 5-5 NEWMAC) with 11 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Soo Hoo opened the game with back-to-back treys before a jumper by Linsey Poulson put Babson on the board at 15:38. The Beavers narrowed the gap to one (8-7) three minutes later, but MIT responded with a 20-6 run that resulted in a 28-13 advantage with 3:53 remaining in the frame. The Beavers did not back down as they scored seven of the next 11 points for a 32-20 halftime deficit.

The Engineers extended their margin on their first possession of the second stanza on a jumper by Soo Hoo. A basket by Nicole McManus coupled with a three from Boulier brought Babson within nine (34-25). A shot by Samia Mahjub at the 17:54 mark brought MIT's lead back up to double-digits before three minutes of scoreless play ensued. A lay-up by Caitlin Fenn ignited a 19-3 run by Babson that put it ahead, 44-39, with 5:27 left. Fenn contributed the tying bucket as Boulier's three-pointer gave the Beavers their first lead of the night.

The Engineers ended their scoring drought with a trey and a jumper from Soo Hoo and reclaimed the lead (46-44) on a bucket by Yuan at the 3:13 mark. Tracy Ericson drained a three-pointer to put Babson ahead at the two-minute mark. Yuan countered with a jumper on MIT's ensuing possession while Poulson responded in kind for the Beavers with 1:30 to go. Each side had a chance to score on its next possession, but Mahjub's rebound on a missed three by Babson with 28 seconds left set up Yuan's game-winning shot.

During the Beavers' next trip down the court, Soo Hoo stole the ball and was eventually tied up by Boulier at halfcourt. The ensuing jumpball was awarded to the Engineers with 4.8 seconds on the clock. Tough defense by Babson on the inbounds pass forced MIT to use three timeouts before it was successful in getting the ball into play. The Beavers responded with three quick fouls that lowered the clock to 1.3 seconds and brought the ball underneath its basket. Following its own timeout, Babson quickly fouled Yuan to put the Engineers in the bonus with .08 seconds remaining. She drained the front-end of a one-and-one to seal the game as Babson was unable to get a final shot off.

Playing in the final home game of their careers, Soo Hoo notched 13 points and five assists while Mahjub finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and three steals. For the second consecutive game, Cheryl Kwinn was the top rebounder as she collected 15 boards and added three steals.

Poulson posted 10 points for the Beavers as Fenn collected six rebounds. Bowman contributed seven points, five caroms, four assists, and two blocks while McManus and Sarah Hughes each added five boards.

Both squads will continue conference action on Saturday, Feb. 16. MIT will travel to Wellesley College while Babson will host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.