November 19, 2004

Women's Basketbal Advances to Championship Game of MIT Tip Off Classic

Nov. 19, 2004

Box Score - Mount Ida vs. MIT
Box Score - UNE vs. Cazenovia

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT women's basketball team opened the 2004-05 season with a 51-42 win over Mount Ida College in the first game of the MIT Tip Off Classic. The University of New England picked up a 55-44 win over Cazenovia College to advance to the Championship Game tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The Mustangs (0-1) and the Wildcats (0-1) will square off at 1:00 p.m. in the Consolation Game.

Mount Ida led for the majority of the first half, extending its advantage to six points on three occasions. MIT (1-0) went on a 9-1 run during the final 5:35 to take a 21-20 advantage at halftime. Rookie Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo opened the second stanza for the Engineers by tallying five points in less than two minutes, giving Tech its largest lead (26-20). The Mustangs slowly chipped away at the deficit and regained the lead on a three-pointer by Kristin Santos. Mount Ida once again built-up a six-point advantage, the last time occurring with 5:38 left to play. Tech closed the game with an incredible 15-0 run to take the victory.

Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo led all scorers with 15 points, on 4-of-9 shooting and a 6-of-9 performance at the charity stripe. Karen Kinnaman tallied 11 points, eight boards and a game-high five steals before fouling out. Christa Margossian contributed nine points and eight caroms while Michal Ruchelsman had a team-high 11 rebounds including eight offensive rebounds.

For Mount Ida, Maggie Bramswig posted a double-double with a team-best 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kristin Santos totaled 12 points while Danielle Ring pulled down a game-high 13 caroms.

In the night cap, Cazenovia College's Jen Seymour gave her squad its only lead by scoring a fast-break lay-up in the opening minute. The University of New England (1-0) went on a 21-6 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 13-point lead, its largest of the half. The Wildcats responded by going on a run of their own to close the half trailing, 30-25.

Cazenovia struggled during the early stages of the second stanza but stayed within five points at 13:51. The Nor'easters built up a 15-point lead at the four minute mark, putting the game out of reach for the Wildcats.

Jen Seymour paced Cazenovia's offense with 14 points and added eight rebounds and three blocks. Ashley Lewis and Tiffany Trent each tallied nine points.

UNE's Marissa Hesketh led all scorers with 14 points while Essie McKinnon finished with 11 points. Kate Bailey made an impact coming off the bench by contributing 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Ashley St. Hilaire dished out five assists as she made three steals.