Nov. 17, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind an Institute-record seven three-pointers, Clara Yuan helped power MIT to a 72-35 victory over Eastern Nazarene College in the opening game of the MIT Women's Basketball Tip Off Tournament on Friday. Stevens Institute of Technology picked up a 61-52 win over Connecticut College to advance to the championship game tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The Crusaders (0-1) and the Camels (0-1) will square off at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game.
MIT (1-0) tallied eight unanswered points during the first four minutes before Rebecca Welch put Eastern Nazarene on the board with a trey. It was a close as it would get for the Crusaders as the Engineers outscored them, 32-8, for a 40-11 lead at the intermission.
The Engineers continued to cruise in the second stanza as they extended their advantage to 39 points (56-17) with 13:12 left to play. At the 5:44 mark, Yuan connected on her seventh three-pointer of the night, breaking the MIT record for three-pointers in a career with 63. The sophomore guard, who entered the season with a total of 56 buckets from behind the arc, finished the night with 25 points.
Christa Margossian collected a game-high 21 rebounds and added 17 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the charity stripe. Sharon Prange and Michal Ruchelsman each posted eight boards while Prange contributed 14 points. Kimberly Soo Hoo dished out a game-high nine assists for the Engineers.
Jessica Schoppee paced the Crusaders with 11 points while Rebecca Welch contributed nine points and six steals. Cristina Winchester grabbed a team-high nine caroms as Nicole Culbert totaled eight boards, including six off the offensive glass.
In the night cap, Stevens recorded a 14-3 run that spanned the opening seven minutes. Sparked by a jumper from Laura Coderre, the Camels scored 15 of the next 20 points to narrow the margin to one (19-18) with 5:44 remaining in the half. After trading baskets during the next minute, a free-throw by Dani Dudek helped propel the Ducks to a 30-21 lead at the intermission.
Stevens extended its margin to 10 (35-25) after three minutes had expired in the second stanza. Connecticut slowly chipped away at the deficit, coming within two (40-38) at the 13:34 mark. The Camels stayed within striking distance, but they could not generate another run to overcome the Ducks.
Dora Enright led all scorers with 18 points and 15 rebounds while Dudek finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Brittany Fuller contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks to Stevens' cause.
Coming off the bench, Coderre tallied 11 rebounds, 10 points, six steals, and three blocks for Connecticut. Kate Kenly recorded 13 points while Katy Serafin totaled 11 rebounds and nine points.