MIT Tops Coast Guard, 58-38, on Senior Day!

Senior Day

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 58, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 38

- Records: MIT (15-9, 10-6 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (13-12, 7-9 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: MIT capitalized on runs during the second and fourth quarters to capture a 58-38 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Saturday. Junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) led all players with 14 points while grabbing eight rebounds for the Engineers. Gillian Gerton racked up 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks, and two steals for the Bears.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- The opening quarter was a back-and-forth affair as there were four ties and three lead changes. A bucket by Gerton tied the game at 12 with 2:05 left, but junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) replied with a jumper of her own to give MIT a small edge at the end of the frame.

- A put-back by V'Dovec 31 seconds into the second stanza created some breathing room for the Engineers. The Bears responded with baskets by Jayla Joyner and Jill Bray, resulting in the fifth deadlock of the day at 16. On MIT's next trip down the court, Yuan sank a layup which sparked a 13-2 run and established a 29-18 advantage at halftime.

- The third quarter was a defensive battled that produced a total of 14 points and moved the score to 38-23 following two Gerton free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining.

- Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) opened the fourth quarter with a pair of layups, however, Coast Guard trimmed its deficit to 14 (42-28) after Micaela Martinelli's three-pointer and Gerton's put-back with 6:20 left to play. This was as close as it would get as the hosts mounted a 14-4 run, putting the game out of reach.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) tallied 13 points and broke the MIT record for career three-pointers, eclipsing the mark of 158 set by Clara Yuan '09. Dolly Yuan generated 11 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists as Gallagher finished with 10 points. Coming off the bench, freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) produced a game-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points and two steals.

- Martinelli totaled nine points, seven boards, two assists and a steal while Brenna Farrington posted a team-high eight rebounds and eight points for the visitors.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. As the No. 5 seed, MIT will visit No. 4 Springfield College for a 7:00 p.m. tip off. Coast Guard, which earned the No. 7 seed, will travel to No. 2 WPI for a 5:30 p.m. start.

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