March 12, 2010

Women’s Basketball Tabbed for NEWMAC Sportsmanship Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third time in four years the MIT women's basketball team was the recipient of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Sportsmanship Award. Voted upon by the league's student-athletes, the award recognizes the team that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.

"It's an honor that our peers chose us for the NEWMAC Sportsmanship Award," commented co-captain Sally Simpson. "Throughout the season I was impressed with how my teammates conducted themselves following wins and tough losses, especially because we have such a young squad. Our coaches always made it a focus to represent MIT well on and off the court, and it's great to have our conference recognize that."

The award caps off a season that saw the Engineers defeat conference foes WPI and Wheaton College for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign. In addition, the squad set an Institute record for fewest turnovers in a game, committing just six against Wheaton College. Rookies Aparna Sud and Lauren Sascha Burton made their way into the MIT record book. Sud tied for seventh in three-point field goal percentage with a mark of 33.3 percent while Burton's tally of 87 assists ranks 10th. Simpson finished her career tied for eighth in three-point field goal percentage with a total of 26.4 percent.