- Score: MIT 57, Clark University 46
- Records: MIT (11-5, 7-2 NEWMAC); Clark (8-10, 2-7 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: A 14-0 run during the second quarter proved to be the difference as the MIT women's basketball team defeated Clark University, 57-46, on Saturday afternoon. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) paced the Engineers with a game-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Dominique St. Pierre and Hannah Favaloro both led the Cougars with 10 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Clark established an 8-2 lead midway through the first quarter on Jamad Fiin's three-pointer and maintained a small cushion as two free throws by V'Dovec trimmed MIT's deficit to 14-10 at the end of the frame.
- The Cougars opened the second stanza with a layup by St. Pierre but a V'Dovec layup kicked off the Engineers' pivotal 14-point run that put them ahead, 24-16, at the 2:09 mark. A jumper from Idalis Miranda ended Clark's eight-minute scoring drought, however, a basket by V'Dovec gave MIT a 26-18 advantage at halftime.
- Haley Wilder's layup 21 seconds into the third quarter kept the visitors within striking distance, but a pair of three-pointers by junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) sparked a 10-5 spurt. A jumper by Favaloro with just under four minutes remaining was followed by an exchange of baskets that moved the score to 41-31 at the end of the quarter.
- Treys by juniors Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) and Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) on MIT's first two possessions of the final frame gave the hosts their largest lead of the day. However, three-pointers by Miranda, St. Pierre, and Wilder brought Clark within seven (47-40) with 7:17 on the clock.
- Baskets by V'Dovec and Ngan briefly stopped the Cougars' run but Fiin and Favaloro replied with layups of their own to once again come within seven with 4:20 to go. This was as close as it would get as the Engineers drained a trio of buckets during the next three minutes to put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ngan registered 15 points, four assists, and four steals in 40 minutes of action as Holinski posted 13 points. Yuan dished out five assists while freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) grabbed eight rebounds, including six on the offensive end, and two steals.
- Ogechi Ezemma corralled a game-high 13 rebounds for the Cougars as Miranda and Wilder both finished with seven points. Maya Kerstetter earned three assists as Rachael Chen grabbed five rebounds.
- MIT generated 23 points off of 20 Clark turnovers and had a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points. Clark, meanwhile, led the way in field-goal percentage (40.0 – 34.8), rebounds (39-38), and bench scoring (17-2). Both teams generated 22 points in the paint.
- Both squads continue conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. as MIT will travel to Smith College while Clark will host Mount Holyoke College.