WORCESTER, Mass. – Visiting MIT snapped an 11 game losing streak to Clark University that spanned almost a decade, with a hard-fought 56-50 win over the host Cougars on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action.
The win for the Engineers gave them victories in two of their last three games and improved their record to 7-9 overall and 3-7 in league play. The Cougars, meanwhile, dropped their second straight following a four-game win streak and dipped to 6-11 and 5-5 in conference action.
With the score at 17-16 in favor of the visitors following a Brittany Kennedy offensive rebound and putback, MIT scored six straight points to take a 23-16 edge before settling for a 28-26 halftime lead.
Clark stayed within striking distance in the second half, tying the game at 37 after a three-pointer from Emily Reilly. The Engineers responded with another six-point spurt to go up 43-37 with exactly nine minutes left.
Clark couldn't find a rhythm offensively, however, and went the next seven minutes scoring just six points and going 3-for-13 from the field during that span.
MIT's advantage ballooned to its peak at 54-43 after Tamara Pena made a pair of free throws to seal the game with 41 seconds left.
The win for MIT was its first over Clark since February 17, 2001 – nearly 10 years ago.
Lauren Sascha Burton led all scorers with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists in 35 minutes. Pena, meanwhile, totaled 12 points – nine of them in the second half, two assists, and two steals. Rachel Hunt tallied 10 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and one steal as Anna Merrifield chipped in eight points and five caroms. Coming off the bench, Kristen Whaley registered six points, six boards, two steals, and one block. Stephanie Cooke notched five boards, three assists, and one steal as Margo Batie grabbed six rebounds.
The Cougars were paced by Megan Grondin, who recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. No other Cougar reached double figures, but Ivori Aiken provided a spark off the bench, finishing with six points and five rebounds in just ten minutes.
Both teams return to the hardwood at home on Wednesday. Clark will host Wellesley College while MIT takes on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Release Courtesy of Clark University Sports Information