- Score: MIT 76, College of Staten Island 74 (OT)
- Records: MIT (7-2); Staten Island (8-2)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: A baseline pull-up jumper by junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) with 36 seconds remaining proved to be the difference as the MIT women's basketball team held on a for a 76-74 overtime victory against the College of Staten Island on Friday afternoon. Christina Pasaturo powered the Dolphins with a game-high 33 points while playing all 45 minutes of action. Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) paced the Engineers with 22 points in addition to grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT jumped out to an 8-3 lead but Staten Island battled back, tying the game at 10 on Pasaturo's three-pointer at the 3:33 mark. Baskets by Gallagher and Victoria Crea down the stretch helped maintain the deadlock.
- The Dolphins carried the momentum into the second stanza courtesy of an 11-5 run. The Engineers came within two (23-21) midway through the quarter after a layup by senior Lindsay Westlake (Brookline, Mass.) and two Gallagher free throws. Back-to-back treys by Pasaturo and Price kicked off an 8-2 burst that gave Staten Island a 31-23 lead with 2:16 left. MIT replied with its own 8-2 spurt as a three-pointer by Holinski once again brought the hosts within two with 20 seconds remaining. A 1-of-2 free-throw performance by Price with just over one second left gave the visitors a 34-31 edge at halftime.
- The first five minutes of the third quarter were a back-and-forth affair as there were five lead changes and three ties. Knotted at 40, Pasaturo's third consecutive layup gave the Dolphins a small lead. A trey by Holinski put the Engineers in front and sparked a 13-4 run that spanned the next four minutes. A Pasaturo three-point play with 28 seconds left along with her jumper at the buzzer sandwiched junior Kristen Ngan's (Sudbury, Mass.) layup and moved the score to 55-51 at the end of the frame.
- MIT maintained a small cushion throughout the fourth quarter until a Price three-point play gave Staten Island a 63-62 lead with 2:39 left. Holinski replied with a three-point play of her own while junior Dolly Yuan's (San Jose, Calif.) free throw increased the Engineers' margin to 66-63 with 1:14 remaining. Pasaturo sank a layup seven seconds later before both sides traded free throws as Ngan gave MIT a 68-66 lead with eight ticks to go. Price responded with a driving layup with four seconds left. On the Engineers' final possession, Yuan saw her attempt at the buzzer go long, resulting in overtime.
- Gallagher opened the extra session with a layup; however, quick lay-ins by Pasaturo and Price created a 72-70 edge for the Dolphins at the four-minute mark. Ngan drained a free throw on MIT's next trip down the court and the score remained unchanged until Holinski buried a three-pointer with 1:19 on the clock. Price's jumper tied the game at 74 with just under a minute remaining but Holinski replied with what proved to be her game-winning pull-up jumper.
- Price almost evened the score but her layup was off the mark. Gallagher was fouled after grabbing the rebound but she could not convert her two shots at the charity stripe with 27 seconds left. During Staten Island's final possession, Jacquelyn Cali's three-point attempt hit the front of the rim as time expired.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Holinski finished with 22 points to go along with four assists while Ngan recorded 20 points and five steals. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) hauled in nine rebounds as Yuan dished out nine assists.
- Price posted 16 points while Samantha Flecker generated eight rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Crea rounded out the squad with five boards, three assists, and two steals.
- MIT had a slight advantage in field-goal percentage (46.7 - 44.9), rebounds (40-36), and second-chance points (11-6). Staten Island, meanwhile, had the upper hand in points in the paint (42-36), points off turnovers (16-14), and bench scoring (12-2).
- This was the first meeting between both programs.
- The Dolphins suffered their first loss of the season to a Division III opponent. They fell to Wagner College (Division I), 63-58, on November 20.
- MIT returns to the court on Saturday, Dec. 30 when it hosts UMass Boston at 1:00 p.m. Staten Island is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 3 when it opens up CUNYAC play with a home game versus Lehman College at 5:30 p.m.