Dec. 6, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A key 11-2 spurt that spanned seven minutes in the second half helped propel the MIT women’s basketball team to a 50-43 victory over Bay Path College on Saturday. Cheryl Kwinn posted 13 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals for the Engineers (3-4) while Jessica Hunt compiled 22 points, 13 boards, six blocks, four steals, and three assists for the Wildcats (2-5).
Bay Path gradually established an 11-6 lead midway through the opening half before MIT fought back to even the contest at 12 on a jumper by Kwinn. The Wildcats notched 11 unanswered points for a 23-12 advantage with 29 seconds on the clock. With four seconds left, Kwinn hit the front-end of her free throws as Kristen Whaley gathered the offensive board and drained a layup to cut the deficit to 23-15 at the break.
The Cardinal and Gray opened the second stanza with 10 straight points, including a pair of layups by Emily Prentice that put MIT ahead by two (25-23) at the 14:23 mark. Three ties ensued before a free throw from Hunt gave Bay Path a 30-29 edge. The Engineers responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points, capped by a three-pointer from Jamie Simmons with 3:50 left to play. The Wildcats narrowed the gap to six on three occasions, the last at 44-38 with 51 seconds remaining. Four free throws by Simmons coupled with a layup by Kwinn maintained MIT’s cushion despite a layup and a trey by Hunt at the buzzer.
Simmons registered 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds while Clara Yuan notched 10 points and six steals. Whaley finished with nine boards as Prentice totaled six points.
Kathleen Rodrigue and Christina Calabrese each contributed six points for the Wildcats while Rodrigue added seven rebounds.
Both squads will continue action on the road next week. MIT will travel to Regis College on Wednesday, Dec. 10 while Bay Path will make the trip to Green Mountain College on Friday, Dec. 12.