Nov. 15, 2008
By UMass Boston Sports Information
BOSTON, Mass. – A 17-2 second-half run would not be enough as City College of New York held on for a 59-50 victory over MIT in the first round of the 2008 UMass Boston Tip-Off Classic on Saturday. The match-up was the season-opener for both squads.
Clara Yuan opened the game with a lay-up at 19:21 of the first half, but it would be the Engineers’ only lead of the day as the Beavers came back with a 21-5 outburst over the next 13 minutes. Donika Rexhepi later converted a lay-up with 2:14 remaining to give CCNY its largest lead of the game (29-12), before taking a 29-16 advantage into the intermission.
The Beavers owned a 37-22 advantage with 16:06 left in the second half, but MIT put together a blistering 17-2 run to knot the score at 39-39, fueled by nine points from Yuan. The Engineers were unable to take the lead from that point and trailed, 47-45, with 3:01 to go in the contest. The Beavers responded by tallying seven straight points to take a 54-45 advantage with 57 seconds remaining.
Yuan led MIT with 15 points in addition to grabbing two rebounds and dishing for an assist while Alice Yeh netted 10 points and pulled down three rebounds. Kristen Whaley posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists and a pair of blocked shots. Amy Marshall posted 10 caroms and a team-high three assists as Cheryl Kwinn totaled nine boards. Jamie Simmons chipped in eight points coming off the bench.
The Beavers’ Ashley Straughn recorded a game-high five steals to go with 11 points and nine rebounds. Amika Rivera notched 18 points, three steals, three rebounds and two helpers while Rexhepi finished with 15 points, five boards and two steals.