-Score: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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. Junior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) led the Cougars with 16 points and eight rebounds in the setback.
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 Cougars pulled ahead first, 4-0, on back to back jumpers from senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, N.H.) and Ezemma.
-V'Dovec gave MIT their first lead of the game when she knocked down a jumper for the 12-10 advantage with 3:13 to play.
-Ezemma had 10 of Clark's 14 points in the first quarter.
-The first minute of play in the second was scoreless but a three-pointer from Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) broke the silence and put the Cougars ahead 17-14 with 8:59 on the clock.
- A pair of early lead changes were followed by two ties and a 28-28 score at halftime.
-Ouellette led the Cougars in the second quarter going two-for-two from behind the arc.
- 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 and a three-pointer from Wilder closed out the quarter with Clark in the lead, 52-44.
- 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.
-Ezemma paced the Cougars with 16 points on the night. Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) came off the bench with 11 points while Wilder finished with 10 points.
- 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).
-Clark heads down the street to WPI for a NEWMAC matchup on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m.
-MIT is back in action on the same day when it hosts NEWMAC rival Springfield College at 7:00 p.m.