January 5, 2008

Engineers Outlast Simmons, 55-47

Jan. 5, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's basketball team equaled its longest winning streak since the 2002-03 season when it defeated Simmons College, 55-47, for its fourth consecutive victory on Friday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 6-4 on the year.

The early stages of the game were a back-and-forth affair as it featured three ties and a pair of lead changes. Midway through the frame, three consecutive jumpers by MIT's Samia Mahjub turned a 13-11 deficit into a 17-11 advantage. A three-pointer by Kimberly Soo Hoo capped the pivotal run that put the Engineers ahead for good. The Sharks capitalized with a bucket on their next possession, but that was a close as it would get for the hosts during the half as MIT went into the break with a 28-21 lead.

The Engineers opened the second stanza with five straight points for their largest margin of the night (33-21). Simmons answered with a 15-4 run that brought it within one (37-36) at the 11:47 mark. After over two minutes of scoreless play, MIT tallied 10 unanswered points with six straight coming from Sally Simpson. The Sharks narrowed the gap to five (47-42) with four minutes remaining, but a trey from Clara Yuan ended the late rally as the Engineers closed the game from the charity stripe.

Mahjub tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, and three steals while Cheryl Kwinn grabbed a game-high 13 boards. Yuan and Soo Hoo each notched nine points as Yuan collected six steals. Alice Yeh totaled eight points and three assists while Simpson picked up five steals.