Babson Holds on to Defeat Engineers, 56-53

Taylor V'Dovec
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THE BASICS:

- Score: Babson College 56, MIT 53

- Records: MIT (14-9, 9-6 NEWMAC); Babson (17-8, 13-3 NEWMAC)

- Location: Babson Park, Mass. (Staake Gymnasium)

- The Lead: A turnover along with two free throws during the final three seconds of regulation was enough for Babson College to hold on for a 56-53 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Wednesday. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) registered a game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 4-of-5 performance from three-point range, while dishing out three assists for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Babson jumped out to a 14-4 lead midway through the opening quarter, which later grew to 20-9 with 1:08 remaining. MIT responded with three-pointers by junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) and V'Dovec to narrow the gap down the stretch.

- The Engineers came within three (20-17) following V'Dovec's jumper after 1:20 expired in the second stanza. The score remained unchanged until a layup by the Beavers at the 5:13 mark. V'Dovec replied with a layup of her own, which was matched by the hosts with 3:43 on the clock. The defensive battle resumed until a free throw by junior Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) and then one by classmate Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) once again brought MIT within three with 52 seconds to go. Babson recorded a layup on its ensuing possession, entering halftime with a 26-21 edge.

- The back-and-forth scoring continued into the third quarter until a layup increased the Beavers' lead to 33-25 at the 4:55 mark. Holinski knocked down a trey on the Engineers' next trip down the court, sparking an 11-4 run that brought them within 37-36 at the end of the frame.

- A layup 47 seconds into the fourth quarter created some breathing room for the Beavers but three-pointers by Yuan and V'Dovec put MIT in front, 42-39, with 7:41 on the clock. In a span of just over a minute, a pair of layups gave Babson a one-point edge. A free throw by freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) evened the score at 43, however, the Beavers generated a 7-1 spurt that created a 50-44 cushion with 2:38 left to play.

- A layup by freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) ended the visitors' three-minute scoring drought, but Babson matched the effort with 1:45 on the clock. Following an exchange of possessions, V'Dovec buried a three from the top of arc while Yuan's driving layup trimmed the deficit to 52-51 with 17 seconds remaining.

- A trio of fouls eventually sent the Beavers to the free throw line where it missed both shots with 10 ticks left. The Engineers turned the ball over on its next possession and then a foul put Babson back at the charity stripe where it converted both shots, increasing the lead to 54-51 with seven seconds on the clock.

- After an MIT timeout, V'Dovec drained an uncontested layup with 3.5 seconds left. The Engineers fouled the Beavers right after the ball was inbounded and they went 0-for-2 at the free throw line. An MIT turnover followed by another foul resulted in Babson draining two more free throws, thwarting a comeback attempt by the Engineers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Yuan finished with 14 points, four assists, and two steals while Holinski added 10 points and three assists. Gull and Luizzi both hauled in five rebounds as Gull dished out three assists.

- MIT ended the night with advantages in field-goal percentage (38.3 – 34.5) and three-point field goal percentage (40.0 – 14.3) as the Engineers were 10-of-25 while Babson made two of its 11 attempts.

- The Beavers had the upper hand in rebounds (44-27), points off turnovers (23-17), points in the paint (30-14), and second-chance points (15-3).

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 17 when it hosts NEWMAC foe the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 3:00 p.m.

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