Nov. 18, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT fell to Stevens Institute of Technology, 62-49, in the championship game of the MIT Women's Basketball Tip Off Tournament on Saturday. In the consolation game, Connecticut College defeated Eastern Nazarene College, 81-50. Earning All-Tournament Team honors was Laura Coderre (Connecticut), Amanda Remmel (Eastern Nazarene), Christa Margossian (MIT), and Brittany Fuller (Stevens). Dora Enright of Stevens was selected as the Tournament MVP.
Stevens (2-0) opened the championship game with eight unanswered points to take the lead for good. MIT was able to narrow the margin to three on two occasions, the last time occurring on Margossian's three-point play (17-14) with 8:28 on the clock. The Ducks were able to maintain their narrow margin as they entered the intermission with a 28-21 advantage.
Stevens carried the momentum into the second stanza, eventually establishing a 60-38 lead with 4:34 left to play. Behind a pair of three-pointers and free throws from Alice Yeh, MIT (1-1) closed the game with an 11-2 run during the final three minutes.
With 10 assists, Kimberly Soo Hoo tied the MIT record for assists in a game for the second time in her career. She previously equaled the Institute mark in last year's MIT Tip Off Tournament against St. Joseph's College of Maine. Margossian recorded her second consecutive double-double with a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds. In eight minutes of action off the bench, Yeh tallied 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from behind the arc and a pair of shots from the charity stripe.
Enright posted her second double-double of the weekend as she led all scorers with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and added 12 rebounds. Fuller notched 15 points while Dani Dudek totaled 10 points and a game-high five steals.
In the consolation game, a basket by Eastern Nazarene's Rebecca Welch evened the contest at six after 2:34 had elapsed. It was a close as the Crusaders (0-2) would get as Connecticut converted on its next possession and went on to tally six consecutive points during the next four minutes. Eastern Nazarene came within three (16-13) halfway through the frame, but the Camels (1-1) went on a 25-10 run to close the half.
Connecticut maintained its offensive pressure in the second half as its lead grew to 38 points (75-37) with 6:23 remaining. The Crusaders capped the game with a 13-5 run with Cristina Winchester accounting for eight points.
Katy Serafin paced the Camels with 13 points and four rebounds while Coderre collected 11 boards, 10 points, four blocks, and three steals coming off the bench. Kirsten Frazer also had a strong performance, finishing with 12 caroms, nine points, seven assists, and five steals. Amy Towne contributed 12 points to Connecticut's victory.
Welch led Eastern Nazarene with 17 points while Remmel tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Winchester also reached double-figures in points as she finished with 10.