Westwood, Mass. (February 27) – The MIT women's basketball team received a program-record five NEWMAC postseason awards as announced by the league on Tuesday. Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) was tabbed for Rookie of the Year accolades while junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team. Fellow juniors Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) and Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) were voted to the second team as senior Lindsay Westlake (Brookline, Mass.) was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
The Engineers' second NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in three seasons and fifth overall, Gallagher paces all freshmen in field goal percentage (50.0), offensive rebounds (68), and points per game (10.0). She is also second among all rookies in blocks (25) and rebounds per game (6.4).
A first-team pick for the second straight season, V'Dovec ranks sixth in the conference in points per game (12.8) and rebounds per game (7.0) while standing ninth in field-goal percentage (47.5). Holinski received her third All-Conference award after placing third in the NEWMAC in three-point field goal percentage (42.5) and made three pointers (54), 11th in field goal percentage (45.7), and 12th in points per game (11.7) as well as assist-turnover ratio (1.3).
The recipient of her first All-Conference honor, Yuan is third in the league in assists (108), sixth in free-throw percentage (75.5), 10th in points per game (11.1), 14th in assist-turnover ratio (1.4), and 16th in steals (33).
Winners of its first NEWMAC Championship title on Sunday, MIT (18-9) will continue its postseason on Friday, March 2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hosted by the University of Rochester, the Engineers will play nationally-ranked No. 20 Marymount University at 5:00 p.m.