- Score: Springfield College 81, MIT 65
- Records: MIT (15-4; 9-2 NEWMAC); Springfield (14-5; 9-1 NEWMAC)
- Location: Springfield, Mass. (Blake Arena)
- The Lead: The MIT women's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end following an 81-65 loss at NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. One of three players to reach double-digits in scoring for the Engineers, sophomore Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) led the way with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-5 performance from three-point range.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After a back and forth start to the game, a pair of baskets during the last 26 seconds of the first quarter gave Springfield a 22-15 lead.
- MIT narrowed the gap to 27-24 following two free throws from senior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) at the 7:50 mark of the second stanza. The Pride responded with an 18-7 run to enter the intermission with a 45-31 advantage.
- The Engineers outscored the hosts, 15-8, during the first 4:30 of the third quarter to come within in seven (53-46). Springfield gradually extended its lead to 59-48 courtesy of a layup with 22 seconds remaining. Ngan replied by burying a three-pointer right before time expired to keep MIT within striking distance.
- The Pride opened the fourth quarter with six straight points, increasing its cushion to 65-51. The visitors battled back, trimming their deficit to eight (68-60) on a layup by freshman Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) with 5:42 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as Springfield ended the game with a 13-5 run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to her team-best scoring performance, Ngan paced MIT with six rebounds. Sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) generated 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Ilutzi finished with 13 points and three assists. Sophomore Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) rounded out the squad with nine points and four boards.
- Springfield ended the day with advantages in field goal percentage (57.1 – 43.6), rebounds (32-29), points off turnovers (15-6), and points in the paint (38-26). The Engineers, meanwhile, knocked down eight shots from behind the arc while the Pride hit five.
- MIT returns to Rockwell Cage on Tuesday, Jan. 31 for a non-conference battle with Wesleyan University at 7:00 p.m.