Jan. 9, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A 52.6 percent shooting performance from the floor helped propel Babson College to a 77-39 win over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Tuesday. Suzy Ward led the Beavers (5-6, 1-0 NEWMAC) with 19 points and seven rebounds while Clara Yuan notched nine points for the Engineers (3-9, 0-2 NEWMAC).
Linsey Poulson sank a jumper on Babson's first possession, which was immediately followed by a three-pointer from Yuan to give MIT its only lead. A pair of free throws by Colleen Burke put the Beavers ahead for good after 1:41 had expired in the game. The Engineers stayed close for most of the frame, trailing by six (17-11) at the 9:40 mark. A basket by the Beavers a minute later ignited a run that resulted in a 43-23 advantage in the intermission.
Like the first half, Babson converted on its opening possession of the second stanza with a trey by Jill Walsh. MIT recorded six out of the next 10 points, but the Beavers continued to find success from the floor. Babson was able to maintain its comfortable margin as the Engineers experienced several scoring droughts during the rest of the game.
Sharon Prange contributed nine points, five rebounds and two blocks for MIT while Christa Margossian tallied eight points and seven boards. Amy Marshall bolstered the Engineers' rebounding corps by grabbing seven caroms coming off the bench.
Burke and Caitlin Boulier reached double-digits in points while each dished out four assists for Babson. Burke posted 12 points as Boulier totaled 11. Nicole McManus registered a game-high five blocks after collecting four in the first half. Vanessa Lovering picked up seven rebounds in 13 minutes of play in the second half.
Both teams will host NEWMAC opponents in its next games. Babson will face Wellesley College on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. while MIT will meet up with WPI on Saturday, Jan. 13 for a 1:00 p.m. tip off.