Late Rally Falls Short as Smith Defeats MIT, 62-57

Kara Holinski

THE BASICS:

- Score: Smith College 62, MIT 57

- Records: MIT (11-6, 7-3 NEWMAC); Smith (14-4, 7-2 NEWMAC)

- Location: Northampton, Mass. (Ainsworth Gym)

- The Lead: Trailing by nine points with over two minutes remaining, the MIT women's basketball team narrowed the gap to five with 57 seconds left to play but would it not get any closer as Smith College held on for a 62-57 NEWMAC victory on Wednesday night. Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) paced the Engineers with a game-high 16 points, including a 4-of-6 performance from three-point range, while also tallying four rebounds and three assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Holding a 14-12 lead early in the second quarter, a three-pointer by Smith sparked a 20-9 run that gave the hosts a 34-21 advantage at halftime.

- MIT chipped away at the deficit throughout the third quarter as Holinski's trey at the buzzer brought the Engineers within 48-43.

- The Pioneers created some breathing room courtesy of a jumper 16 seconds into the fourth quarter, however, junior Dolly Yuan's (San Jose, Calif.) three-pointer in addition to freshman Kylie Gallagher's (Upton, Mass.) jumper narrowed the gap to 50-48 at the 8:37 mark. Smith replied with a 12-5 burst during the next six minutes to reestablish its comfortable cushion.

- MIT countered with layups by Gallagher and junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) that cut the lead to 62-57 with 57 seconds remaining. After a missed shot by the Pioneers, V'Dovec corralled the rebound but a jumper by Yuan was off the mark. Smith grabbed the rebound and retained possession during the final 15 seconds to secure the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Gallagher recorded 12 points and four rebounds as V'Dovec totaled 11 points and six boards. Yuan rounded out the squad with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

- MIT ended the night with advantages in points off turnovers (17-6) and points in the paint (26-24).

- Smith had the upper hand in field-goal percentage, shooting 41.7 percent (25-60), while the Engineers shot 40.4 percent (21-52). The Pioneers were 9-of-10 from the charity stripe while MIT was 9-of-15. The hosts also out-rebounded the visitors, 41-26.

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues conference play on the road on Saturday, Jan. 27 when it visits the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 1:00 p.m. tip off.

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