MIT and Suffolk Advance to Championship of MIT Tip Off Tournament

Nov. 16, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the first time in the program's history MIT opened its season with an overtime win as it outlasted Framingham State College, 71-59, in the first game of the MIT Women's Basketball Tip Off Tournament on Friday. Suffolk University picked up a 67-57 win over Westfield State College to advance to the championship game tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The Rams (0-1) and the Owls (0-1) will square off at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game.

MIT (1-0) went on a 9-2 run during the first seven minutes of the game. Framingham State slowly chipped away at the deficit and eventually established a 17-16 edge on a jumper by Christina Bordini with 6:34 on the clock. After exchanging baskets, a pair of free throws from Samia Mahjub put the Engineers ahead, 21-20, at the 2:18 mark. MIT converted three of its next four attempts at the charity stripe down the stretch before a basket by the Rams' Toya Chester with 10 seconds left made the score, 24-22.

Cheryl Kwinn opened the scoring for the Engineers in the second stanza which was quickly answered by a basket from Bordini. Sally Simpson extended MIT's lead to four (28-24) before the game became a defensive battle for the next four minutes. Meghan Czarnecki ended the scoring drought and Jill Johnson's jumper knotted the contest at 28. A three-pointer by Mahjub was replicated by Framingham State's Kelleigh Sheehan and helped power it to a 37-33 advantage halfway through the frame. Baskets by Simpson 1:32 apart resulted in the fourth tie of the half. The Rams regained the lead on Jenna Haselhurst's trey as they extended their margin to five on two occasions, the last being at 47-42 with 4:24 remaining. MIT countered with seven straight points during a span of 2:26 to go up, 49-47. Bordini's basket was followed by a lay-up from Kimberly Soo Hoo on the Engineers' ensuing possession. Taryn DiFilippo's jumper registered the seventh tie of the night at 51, but a free throw by Soo Hoo returned the edge to MIT with 35 seconds left to play. DiFilippo sent the game into overtime by converting her second free throw attempt with six seconds on the clock.

Framingham State posted four of the first six points of the extra session, but a three-pointer by Simpson sparked an 8-0 run for the Engineers during the next 2:39. A put-back by Kate Simonelli coupled with a free throw from Haselhurst narrowed the gap to six (65-59) with 47 seconds remaining. MIT closed out the contest by shooting 6-for-9 from the free throw line.

Mahjub led all scorers with 23 points and 20 rebounds, collecting 10 caroms on each side of the floor. Soo Hoo totaled 14 points and three assists while Simpson registered 11 points and three assists in her intercollegiate debut. Clara Yuan posted 12 points and three steals for the Engineers.

Johnson tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, and three steals as Bordini notched 10 points and eight boards. Toya Chester recorded 12 rebounds and four assists for the Rams.

In the night cap, Westfield State established an 18-12 lead on a jumper by Sarah Boudreau at the 7:39 mark. Over six minutes later, Suffolk evened the game at 24 on a three-pointer by Stephanie Zito. Back-to-back baskets by the Owls were followed by a jumper by from the Rams' Meghan Tracey just before time expired.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair as it featured eight ties and five lead changes. With the scored knotted at 53 with 5:24 on the clock, a layup by Laura Thompson ignited a 14-4 run that powered the Rams to victory.

Zito recorded 20 points and seven rebounds while Tracey contributed 12 rebounds and 11 points. Stephanie Morrissey bolstered the offense with 11 points as Kaitlyn Klecha dished out a game-high nine assists. On the defensive end, Emily Duquette led the way with five steals.

Andrea Wasuk paced Westfield State with 17 points while Lauren Sylvain collected 10 rebounds and two blocks. Cassy Jouannet chipped in eight boards, four steals, four assists, and two blocks as Boudreau finished with eight caroms.