- Score: U.S. Coast Guard Academy 71, MIT 53
- Records: MIT (11-7, 7-4 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (10-8, 5-5 NEWMAC)
- Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)
- The Lead: The U.S. Coast Guard Academy went 12-of-16 at the free throw line during the last 1:32 of play to thwart MIT's late rally and record a 71-53 NEWMAC women's basketball victory on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) tallied a team-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A back-and-forth opening quarter ended with MIT ahead, 13-11, after junior Dolly Yuan's (San Jose, Calif.) jumper dropped in right before the buzzer sounded.
- The tight play continued into the second stanza as there were six lead changes. A bucket from Gallagher increased the Engineers' margin to 22-19 midway through the quarter, however, Coast Guard responded with a 14-2 run to enter halftime with a 33-24 advantage.
- MIT chipped away at the deficit, coming within seven on two occasions, the last at 43-36 following two free throws by junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
- Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) opened the final frame with a layup but the Bears replied with a 14-2 run during the next five minutes. The Engineers battled back, closing the gap to 57-50 courtesy of Yuan's jumper with 2:30 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as Coast Guard outscored MIT, 14-3, down the stretch.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- V'Dovec registered 13 points and nine rebounds while junior Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) produced eight points, five boards, and three assists. Holinski posted eight points, six rebounds, and three assists as Yuan totaled seven points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
- Coast Guard ended the day with advantages in field-goal percentage (40.3 – 30.0), rebounds (47-30), points off turnovers (21-13), second-chance points (13-4), and points in the paint (30-12).
- MIT returns to Rockwell Cage on Wednesday, Jan. 31 when it hosts NEWMAC rival Wellesley College at 6:00 p.m.