Nov. 19, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - MIT fell to Maine Maritime Academy, 78-63, in the championship game of the 2005 MIT Women's Basketball Tip Off Classic. In the consolation game, Gordon College defeated St. Joseph's College (Maine), 69-60. Earning All-Tournament Team honors was Kristen Helgesen (Gordon), Julia Knights (Maine Maritime), Kaylin Regula (St. Joseph's), and Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo (MIT). Alysa Burns of Maine Maritime was selected as the Tournament MVP.
The first half of the championship game was tightly played as there were four ties and 11 lead changes. Maine Maritime (2-0) held the largest lead of the opening half (20-15) at the 9:03 mark. MIT (1-1) went on to sink six consecutive free-throws in a span of two minutes to take the lead. A three-pointer from Julia Knights swung the advantage back to the Mariners before Karen Kinnaman countered with a trey of her own. Clara Yuan extended the Engineers' margin to three on a lay-up with five minutes left. A lay-up by Knights cut the lead to one but Yuan answered with a three-pointer giving Tech its largest lead of the game (29-25). Burns knocked down a three and then sank a jumper with 11 seconds on the clock to give Maine Maritime a 30-29 edge at halftime.
The Mariners carried the momentum into the second stanza as they went on a 15-1 run during the opening three minutes. MIT was able to cut the deficit to nine (54-45) with nine minutes remaining, but Maine Maritime continued to capitalize on missed opportunities by the Engineers.
Yuan led MIT with 16 points while Kinnaman registered 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sharon Prange was the third member of the starting five to reach double-figures as she totaled 12 points.
Burns led all scorers with 30 points by shooting 10-of-15 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. She also collected a team-high 10 boards for Maine Maritime. Knights totaled 23 points as Michelle Gott contributed 11 points and seven caroms.
In the consolation game, like the championship match-up, the first-half was a back-and-forth affair as there were four ties and seven lead changes. St. Joseph's held a three-point advantage (10-7), which was its largest of the game, at 15:20. A lay-up by Gordon's Amy Dodd followed by a pair of free-throws from Beth Pinkham put the Fighting Scots ahead. A lay-up from the Monk's Kaylin Regula was countered by a pair of free-throws from Kristen Helgesen, which gave Gordon the lead for good with 11:39 left in the half. A jumper by Sarah Weeks at the buzzer gave the Fighting Scots a 45-30 advantage at the intermission.
Despite facing a 16-point deficit (58-42) with 8:19 remaining the in game, St. Joseph's battled back during the next five minutes and cut the lead to 63-58 on a lay-up from Regula. Pinkham ended the Monks' run with a jumper at the 2:37 mark.
Helgesen recorded a game-high 24 points for Gordon (1-1) on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Weeks tallied 14 points while Dodd totaled 13 points and nine assists. Pinkham and Mariwyn Light rounded out the scoring with 10 and eight points, respectively.
For St. Joseph's (0-2), Brittany Rauscher notched 17 points while Marie Lint recorded 14 on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Regula finished with 13 points and a game-high eight boards.