MIT Outlasts Babson, 78-74, in Double Overtime

MIT Outlasts Babson, 78-74, in Double Overtime

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 78, Babson College 74

- Records: MIT (15-3; 9-1 NEWMAC); Babson (15-4; 9-1 NEWMAC)

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Staake Gymnasium)

- The Lead: A 7-2 run early in the second overtime session gave MIT a lead it would not relinquish as it held on for a 78-74 victory over Babson College in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Wednesday night. Sophomore Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) paced the Engineers with a career-high 29 points, including two free throws with eight seconds left in double overtime, to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Babson emerged from the first quarter with a 12-5 lead which grew to 29-18 at halftime.

- The Engineers outscored the Beavers 18-4 during the first 4:40 of the third quarter as a layup by sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) put them ahead, 36-33. A pair of baskets returned the edge to the hosts but MIT generated an 8-2 spurt as V'Dovec's three-pointer moved the score to 44-39 with one minute left. Babson closed the gap to two courtesy of a trifecta seconds before time expired.

- The visitors gradually increased their margin to 54-46 on senior Liana Ilutzi's (East Hanover, N.J.) trey at the 4:18 mark of the fourth quarter. The Beavers responded with a 10-2 run to even things up with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. MIT had two chances inside the final minute to potentially thwart the late rally. The first was a trip to the charity stripe with 53 seconds to go where both of shots were off the mark. The second was during the Engineers' final possession when Yuan drove to the basket but the ball rolled out. She came up with the rebound, however, her put-back fell short.

- Trailing 59-56 midway through the first overtime period, Ilutzi buried a deep three-pointer and then sank a jumper to give MIT the lead. Babson knocked down back-to-back layups; however, two Yuan free throws evened the score at 63 with 28 seconds left. Both squads had opportunities to reclaim the lead but a jumper by the Beavers with six seconds remaining and then free throws by MIT just three ticks later were off the mark.

- The Engineers opened the second extra session with a 7-2 run that was capped by sophomore Kara Holinski's (Livonia, Mich.) three-point play at the 2:06 mark. Babson closed the gap to 72-70 a minute later but Holinski sank both free throws with 35 seconds to go. After a missed layup by the Beavers, Ilutzi hit the second of two free throws 10 seconds later. Babson replied with a quick layup; however, a foul sent Holinski to the charity stripe where she increased MIT's lead to 76-72. The Beavers cut their deficit in half courtesy of two free throws of their own with 10 seconds remaining. Following a timeout by the Engineers, V'Dovec was fouled and then secured the victory at the free throw line.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Ilutzi recorded 16 points and seven rebounds as sophomore Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Yuan rounded out MIT with a team-high 10 boards and tacked on two blocks.

- Babson finished with a 39.8 shooting percentage (33-83) while the Engineers shot 38.2 percent (29-76). The Beavers also had advantages in rebounds (54-44) and points in the paint (46-34). MIT, meanwhile, made seven shots from three-point range compared to three by Babson and generated an 18-11 edge in points off turnovers.

- The Engineers' win snapped Babson's 20-game NEWMAC regular season win streak.

- This was the second double overtime game in the history of the MIT women's basketball program. The first occurred during the 2006-07 season when the Engineers fell to Smith College, 43-41, in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its road trip on Saturday, Jan. 28 with a visit to NEWMAC rival Springfield College for a 2:00 p.m. tipoff.

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