Feb. 19, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Smith College outlasted MIT, 43-41, in a women's basketball double-overtime thriller on Saturday. With the win, the Pioneers (3-21, 2-11 NEWMAC) earned the last spot for the NEWMAC Championship Tournament while the Engineers ended their season at 4-20 overall and 1-12 in the conference play.
MIT maintained a slim lead during the early stages of the game as a basket by Christa Margossian put Tech ahead, 7-4, at 13:24. Smith responded with a 17-2 run that spanned eight minutes. The Engineers narrowed the deficit to 23-15 at halftime on a three-pointer by Clara Yuan at the buzzer.
The Pioneers sustained their slight edge for most of the second stanza as they led, 36-27, with 8:24 on the clock. Back-to-back treys by Michal Ruchelsman cut the margin to three almost four minutes later. On MIT's next possession, Margossian sank a pair of free throws that made the score 36-35. Rose Baldwin connected on one of two shots from the charity stripe on Smith's next trip down the court, but Sharon Prange evened the contest with a basket of her own at the 3:19 mark. The Pioneers had numerous chances to end the game in regulation, but it could not convert their opportunities.
Prange opened the scoring in the first overtime with a jumper. Baldwin cut Smith's deficit in half with a free throw at 3:50. The frame remained scoreless until Margossian's jumper at 1:14. Baldwin knotted the contest at 41 with a three-pointer 22 seconds later.
In the second extra session, MIT maintained possession for the majority of the period but it struggled to find success from the floor. With 34 seconds left to play, Smith's Courtney Parker picked up a steal that eventually set-up Helena Charron's game-winning shot with 11 seconds to go.
Yuan paced the Engineers with 12 points as she added seven rebounds and two steals. Prange grabbed 14 boards while Ruchelsman finished with 11 points and seven caroms. Margossian contributed nine points and eight rebounds to Tech's cause.