Engineers Battle Clark for 65-51 Victory

Sophomore Kara Holinski
Sophomore Kara Holinski

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 65, Clark University 51

- Records: MIT (18-4; 11-2 NEWMAC); Clark (12-10; 5-9 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: A 10-3 run late in the third quarter along with nine unanswered points during the final three minutes of action helped the MIT women's basketball team capture a 65-51 victory over Clark University in NEWMAC play on Wednesday. Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) tallied a game-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds for the Engineers. She also broke the MIT record for made three-pointers in season, eclipsing Clara Yuan's '09 total of 56 from the 2005-06 season. Aretha Sullivan generated 20 points, five boards, and two steals for the Cougars.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT raced out to an 11-2 lead during the first five minutes of the game but Clark responded with eight straight points to come within one after a Sullivan jumper. The Engineers created some breathing room courtesy of a 7-2 spurt; however, the Cougars narrowed the gap to 18-14 inside the final minute on a basket by Sam O'Gara.

- The visitors stayed within striking distance for most of the second quarter until a jumper from Haley Wilder gave them a 26-25 lead with 46 seconds left. A three-pointer by sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) put MIT back in front but a free throw from O'Gara moved the score to 28-27 at halftime.

- A layup by sophomore Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) and a trey from Holinski helped the hosts establish a small cushion which they maintained during the early stages of the third quarter. Layups from Sullivan and Rachael Chen once again brought Clark within one (38-37) at the 4:27 mark. The Engineers countered with a 10-3 run to close out the quarter.

- Freshman Cindy Si's (San Antonio, Texas) layup reestablished MIT's double-digit lead and set off an exchange of baskets that moved the score to 56-45 with 4:38 left. Despite the deficit the Cougars continued to attack as back-to-back Sullivan layups in addition to two free throws from Ogechi Ezemma narrowed the gap to five (56-51) with 2:31 remaining. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers registered nine straight points, including a 5-of-6 performance at the charity stripe, to finish off the game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- V'Dovec finished with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor and tacked on six rebounds and three blocks. Yuan totaled seven points, five rebounds, four assists, and a game-high four steals while Si posted 10 points. Senior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) led all players with five assists.

- O'Gara tallied 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists as Wilder chipped in eight points and two steals. Chen snagged a team-high six rebounds for Clark.

- The Engineers shot 52.3 percent (23-44) and were 75 percent (12-16) at the free throw line while the Cougars were 36.5 percent (22-62) from the floor and 50 percent (7-14) from the charity stripe. MIT also had the upper hand in bench scoring (11-3) but Clark ended the night with advantages in rebounds (38-27), second-chance points (17-7), and points in the paint (30-26).

UP NEXT:

- Both squads are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 11 with 1:00 p.m. home match-ups against NEWMAC foes. MIT will host Mount Holyoke College while Clark will take on Emerson College.

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