MIT Overpowers Wellesley to Reach 20th Win of Season

MIT Overpowers Wellesley to Reach 20th Win of Season

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 76, Wellesley College 44

- Records: MIT (20-4; 13-2 NEWMAC); Wellesley (8-13, 4-11 NEWMAC)

- Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Gracia Mangano Martore '73 Court)

- The Lead: A 76-44 victory over Wellesley College on Wednesday night resulted in MIT's second 20-win season in the history of the women's basketball program and the first since the 1998-99 campaign. A trio of players reached double-digits in scoring for the Engineers, led by sophomore Kara Holinski's (Livonia, Mich.) game-high 16 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT scored the first eight points of the game and ended the first quarter with a layup by sophomore Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) to give the visitors a 19-6 advantage.

- The Engineers maintained their double-digit cushion throughout the second stanza, eventually entering halftime with a 35-16 lead.

- The third quarter featured another balanced scoring performance by both sides. MIT finished the frame with a 20-16 edge, moving the score to 55-32.

- The Engineers put together a strong final 10 minutes, outscoring Wellesley 21-12 en route to a 76-44 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- The 1998-99 squad was the first MIT basketball team, either men's or women's, to record 20 wins in a season.

- Senior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) dished out five assists, raising her career total to 400. She joins Kimberly Soo Hoo '08 as the only players to accomplish this feat as Soo Hoo set the Institute record at 410.

- Sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) posted 15 points and six rebounds while classmate Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) scored 10 points coming off the bench. Freshman Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) tallied nine rebounds, seven points, and four assists as V'Dovec registered nine points and nine boards.

- MIT shot 47.6 percent for the night while limiting Wellesley to a 29.1 percent shooting performance. The Engineers knocked down 11 shots from three-point range as the Blue connected on one of its 10 attempts from behind the arc. A total of 18 of MIT"s 30 baskets were assisted and the Engineers finished with advantages in rebounds (42-30) as well as points off turnovers (12-4). Wellesley had the upper hand in points in the paint, totaling a 26-22 edge.

UP NEXT:

- MIT closes out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 18 with a trip to NEWMAC rival WPI for a 1:00 p.m. tipoff.

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