- Score: MIT 69, Clark University 61
- Records: MIT (8-4, 4-1 NEWMAC); Clark (7-6, 1-3 NEWMAC)
- Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
- The Lead: A 23-4 run during the last 8:42 of regulation propelled the MIT women's basketball team to a 69-61 come-from-behind victory over NEWMAC foe Clark University on Saturday afternoon. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) paced the Engineers with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The first quarter was closely played as there were four ties and a lead change which ended in a 14-14 deadlock.
- The back-and-forth action continued in the second stanza as a pair of early lead changes were followed by two ties and a 28-28 score at halftime.
- Two free throws by freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) along with a V'Dovec layup just 44 seconds into the third quarter gave MIT its largest lead of the game. Clark evened the score at 32 but a three-pointer by junior Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) in addition to another layup from V'Dovec kept the Engineers in front. The visitors maintained their small cushion as Gull's trey created a 42-37 margin with 4:45 on the clock. A basket on the Cougars' ensuing possession sparked a 15-2 run which resulted in a 52-44 advantage at the end of the quarter.
- Clark carried the momentum into the final frame as its advantage grew to 11 (57-46) after one minute expired. A layup by junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) on MIT's next trip down the court started the comeback run while a three-pointer by V'Dovec put the Engineers ahead for good at 63-61 with 1:46 to go.
- Following a shot clock violation by the hosts, junior Dolly Yuan's (San Jose, Calif.) layup increased MIT's cushion with 1:03 remaining. A pair of free throws by Ngan and Yuan during the last 43 seconds secured the come-from-behind victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Yuan totaled 17 points, three assists, and two steals as Ngan registered nine points and five assists. Gull produced 12 points and four rebounds coming off the bench while Gallagher contributed eight points and five boards.
- Clark shot 45.5 percent from the floor while MIT was 43.1 percent as both squads were 7-of-22 (31.8) from three-point range. The Engineers hit 12 of their 14 shots from the charity stripe while the Cougars were 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
- MIT ended the day with advantages in rebounds (33-31) and points off turnovers (22-7) as Clark had the upper hand in points in the paint (26-18) and bench scoring (25-14).
- MIT is back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 9 when it hosts NEWMAC rival Springfield College at 7:00 p.m.