Wheaton Holds on to Defeat MIT, 68-63

Feb. 21, 2008

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NORTON, Mass. - A late rally fell short as Wheaton College went on to record a 68-63 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Wednesday. Kimberly Soo Hoo dished out a game-high 13 assists which broke the Institute record for assists in a game. The previous mark of 10 was established by Karen Samuelsen on Dec. 8, 1979, and was tied by Sarah Davis during the 1996-97 season. Soo Hoo and Crystal Russell both equaled this standard four times throughout their careers.

Each team put on an offensive display in the opening half, with the Lyons (18-6, 11-1 NEWMAC) knocking down 65.4 percent (17-26) of their shots to the Engineers' (12-12, 4-8 NEWMAC) 56.5 percent (13-23). MIT hit 10 of its first 14 shots, while the hosts made 10 of their initial 15, leaving the score at 22-21 in the Engineers' favor. Krystin Hickey forced the game's fourth tie with a free throw at 6:49 of the first frame. That was the start of a personal 6-2 spurt for Hickey, whose three at 3:58 gave the Lyons the lead at 27-24. Following a jumper by Clara Yuan on MIT's ensuing possession, Wheaton scored 13 of the next 17 points for a 40-30 lead at the break.

Jenny Champney made a lay-up at the 18:22 mark of the second stanza to push the hosts out to their largest lead at 44-30, and Wheaton led by at least nine for much of the first 10 minutes of the half. With the Lyons holding a 48-35 advantage at 12:53, the Engineers went on a 23-6 run that put them ahead, 58-54, with 5:11 on the clock. Wheaton responded with eight unanswered points that gave it the lead for good. MIT came within one on two occasions, the last being at 64-63 courtesy of a lay-up from Cheryl Kwinn with 1:04 left to play. Becky Aitchison came up big in the final 46 seconds for the Lyons, corralling a pair of offensive rebounds and hitting two free throws as the hosts held a slim 66-63 edge with 20 ticks left. She then grabbed a defensive board off a potential game-tying three to help seal the win.

Samia Mahjub paced all scorers with 25 points, shooting 12-of-18 from the floor, to go along with six boards and four blocks. Kwinn and Alice Yeh turned in 12 points each, with Kwinn adding a game-best 10 boards.

Champney led Wheaton with 18 points, going 9-of-13 from the field. Hickey tallied 13 points and five assists, while Aitchison accounted for 11 points and nine rebounds. Andrea Bailey and Bri Smith had eight and seven points, respectively, while Ida Kruse provided five assists.