MIT Outlasts Women's Basketball in NEWMAC Action

MIT Outlasts Women's Basketball in NEWMAC Action

THE BASICS

-Score: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 57, Clark University 46

-Records: Clark (8-10, NEWMAC 2-7), MIT (11-5, NEWMAC 7-2)

-Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team was defeated by the Engineers of MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter

-Back to back buckets from Dominique St. Pierre (Portsmouth, N.H.) and Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) started Clark on what turned into a 5-2 run to claim an early 10-4 lead over the Engineers with just 1:48 to play in the first quarter.

-Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) added four points at the end of the quarter to bring the Engineers within four of the Cougars but Clark held onto a 14-10 lead at the end of the first.

Second Quarter

-St. Pierre started scoring again with a successful drive to the basket at the 9:35 mark and extended Clark's lead to 16-10.

-A 6-0 run from MIT gave them their first lead of the game. V'Dovec tied it up with a jumper and three-pointers from Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) and Kristin Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) put the Engineers ahead 24-16 with 2:09 on the clock.

-Freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, Conn.) broke up the run with a bucket from in the paint but the Engineers took the ultimate 26-18 lead into the halftime break.

Third Quarter

-MIT extended their lead to 12 when Ngan sank back-to-back three-pointers at the 8:50 mark and 7:09 mark but a three-pointer from St. Pierre brought Clark back within nine of the hosts, 32-23.

-Ezemma and Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) both hit jumpers to finish the quarter and the Engineers led by 10, 41-31, heading into the final stanza.

Fourth Quarter

-Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) and Holinski got things started in the fourth with baskets from beyond the arc to give MIT their largest lead of the game, 47-31, less than one minute into play.

-The Cougars responded with a 3-0 run of all three-pointers from Miranda, St. Pierre, and Wilder to bring them back within seven points of the hosts with 7:17 on the clock.

-A late 3-0 run including four points from Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) put the Engineers back up by 13 with under two minutes to play. The Cougars were unable to rally and MIT took the ultimate 57-46 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-St. Pierre and Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) led the Cougars with 10 points each in the sestback. Ezemma posted a game high 13 rebounds for Clark.

-The Engineers saw three players score in double figures – V'Dovec, Ngan and Holinski posted 16, 15 and 13 points respectively.

-Clark shot an even 40% from the field while MIT shot 34.8%.

-The Cougars edged MIT in rebounding, 39-38.

-The Engineers forced 20 Clark turnovers and converted them into 23 points of their own. MIT only turned the ball over nine times.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts NEWMAC opponent, Mount Holyoke College on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.

-MIT is at Smith College in NEWMAC action on the same day at 7:00 p.m.

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