Courtesy of Wellesley College Sports Information
WELLESLEY, Mass. – Junior forward Kristen Whaley recorded her second double-double of the season on 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-47 loss to NEWMAC foe Wellesley College on Friday night. The Engineers’ ledger dipped to 2-7 on the year and 0-4 in conference action while the Blue improved to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
Wellesley opened the game with an 11-4 run, including three-pointers from Malia Maier, Robyn Burleson, and Katie Martore. The Engineers trimmed the lead with an eight-footer from Aparna Sud. Three minutes later, Sud drained an 18-footer to put the score at 14-8, but another trey from Maier stretched the Blue lead to 17-8 with 12:19 left in the half.
The squads traded buckets over the next few minutes, with Wellesley holding to a 10-point advantage until a layup from MIT's Erica Pino cut the lead to 22-14. After a bucket from KD Stearns, a three-pointer from MIT's Anna Merrifield trimmed the lead to 24-17. Whaley then drained a three-pointer to pull the Engineers to within four points with 4:48 remaining. Wellesley answered with a trey from Martore to push the lead back to seven. A layup from Whaley helped the Cardinal and Gray keep pace, but Wellesley used six straight points to take a 33-22 lead with one minute left. Whaley grabbed yet another rebound, her fifth of the period, and her putback sent the teams to the locker room at 33-24.
The Blue opened the second half with five unanswered points from Becca Kimball before a free throw from Stephanie Cooke broke the ice for MIT. Burleson replied with her second three-pointer of the evening, but a layup from Cooke put the score at 41-27.
After the Blue pushed the lead to 48-28, courtesy of Kimball's inside shooting, the Engineers responded with nine straight, including a jumper from Sud and three-point play from Whaley. Wellesley answered a 10-2 run, including five from Ashleigh Sargent, for a 58-39 lead with 7:21 remaining. Pino's layup cut the lead back to 17, but Wellesley followed with another run to push the lead to 66-43, as the Blue cruised to a 75-47 win.
Sally Simpson registered eight points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while Sud added eight points and four caroms. Pino bolstered MIT’s offense with six points off the bench.
Kimball led the Blue with 27 points, 20 in the second half, to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. Sargent tallied a career-high 12 points, while Martore added 11 points, 7 assists, and 7 steals.
MIT returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 2 at non-conference foe Simmons College. Wellesley resumes play on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when it hosts Smith College.