- Score: MIT 56, The College of New Jersey 46
- Records: MIT (8-3), The College of New Jersey (7-4)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the MIT women's basketball team ran its winning to five straight with a 56-46 home victory over The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Lions held a brief lead at 7-5 following a three-pointer by Shannon Devitt before MIT answered on a three from sophomore Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) with 4:25 left in the first quarter. That three sparked a 13-0 run over 3:31 that gave the Engineers a double-digit lead before the hosts took the 19-11 advantage after one period.
- In the second, the Engineers clamped down on defense and allowed only six points and 23.1 percent shooting from the field. MIT led by as many as 14 at 27-13 and held the Lions scoreless over the final 2:45 of the first half for the 29-17 edge at the break.
- MIT continued to lead by double digits throughout the third quarter, including by a 34-17 margin early in the period following a layup by senior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.). Both teams shot well in the quarter, including 50 percent (7-for-14) by the Engineers.
- With 6:09 left in the fourth, Samantha Famulare pulled TCNJ within single digits at 46-37 with a layup. The Engineers answered quickly though as senior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) knocked down a pair of threes and a jumper to push the advantage back to 15 with just 3:29 left. TCNJ ended the game on a quick 5-0 spurt, but it was the Engineers who came away with the 10-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) led three Engineers in double figures with 12 points, while senior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) and Holinski each chipped in 10 points. Holinski nearly recorded a double-double as she also added a team-high nine rebounds in 39 minutes of play.
- Jen Byrne led all scorers for the Lions with 21 points, followed by 13 points from Famulare and a game-high 13 rebounds by Devitt.
- MIT outscored the Lions by an 18-3 margin from three-point land while also holding a narrow 39-37 rebounding edge.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, January 5th as the Engineers travel to Smith College for a NEWMAC matchup beginning at 2 p.m.