Women's Basketball Powers Past Wesleyan in 69-54 Final

Women's Basketball Powers Past Wesleyan in 69-54 Final

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 69, Wesleyan 54

- Records: MIT (16-4); Wesleyan (7-12)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: Paced by five players in double figures, the MIT women's basketball team got off to a fast start and pulled away for a 69-54 non-conference home win over Wesleyan University on Tuesday night.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The Cardinals took a quick 3-2 edge following a three from Lauren Gaj in the opening minutes before MIT closed the first quarter on a 16-1 run to seize the 18-4 edge after one period. The second was much of the same as the Engineers outscored Wesleyan 19-10 in the quarter to take a 37-14 lead into the half.

- MIT held Wesleyan to just 18.2 percent shooting from the field in the first while knocking down 40 percent of their own in the half.

- The Engineers by as many as 31 points at 55-24 with 1:58 remaining in the third after a layup from sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) and held the 58-29 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes. In the fourth, the Cardinals outscored the Engineers 25-11 overall and pulled within 14 late in the game. A 10-0 scoring run, capped by a three from Ava Tompkins, helped spark the visitors before MIT held off the Cardinals to improve to 6-1 at home this season.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Sophomore Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) posted her second double-double of the year with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance as all five starters were in double figures for the Engineers. Sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) had 13 points to go along with 12 points from Holinski and 10 each from sophomore Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.).

- Tara Berger led the Cardinals with 15 points to go along with 10 points off the bench by Olivia Gorman. MIT held a slight 42-39 rebounding advantage while also forcing 17 Wesleyan turnovers.

- For the game, Wesleyan was held to just 32.7 percent shooting from the field and was just 10-of-20 from the free throw line. MIT was 15-of-18 at the free throw line, including a perfect 6-for-6 from Holinski.  

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Saturday, February 4th as the Engineers host Smith College for a 3 p.m. tipoff.

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