December 4, 2007

Emmanuel Surges Past MIT, 77-53

Dec. 4, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A 21-9 run late in the first half helped power Emmanuel College to a 77-53 victory over host MIT in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night. With the win, the Saints improved to 5-2 on the year while the Engineers fell to 2-4.

Emmanuel opened the game with eight straight points, six of which came courtesy of Jade Paez who became the 17th player in the program's history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. Cheryl Kwinn put MIT on the board at the 13:49 mark and it eventually narrowed the gap to four (11-7) over two minutes later. A lay-up by Samantha Murphy on the Saints' ensuing possession ignited the pivotal run that resulted in a 32-16 advantage at the break.

Emmanuel carried the momentum into the second stanza as Leah Lipschitz and Iman Davis combined for 10 unanswered points during a span of 2:17. Trailing 53-26, the Engineers scored 14 out of the next 16 points to come within 15 (55-40) with 8:33 on the clock. The Saints stopped the rally with seven consecutive points as MIT would come no closer than 17 down the stretch.

Kwinn led all scorers with 18 points on of 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass. Kelsey Cappelle had a solid night for the Engineers as she finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals.

Davis contributed 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists as Samantha Murphy totaled 13 points and five boards. Lipschitz tacked on 10 points while Abigail Brenkach notched three blocks. In addition to setting her career milestone, Paez added eight assists and six steals for the Saints.

Both teams will continue non-conference play this week. MIT will host Fisher College on Saturday, Dec. 8 while Emmanuel will make the trip to Wesleyan University on Thursday, Dec. 6.