Engineers Hold off Newbury, 54-46

Jan. 13, 2009

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s basketball team ended its three-game losing skid by defeating host Newbury College, 54-46, on Monday night. Jamie Simmons tallied a game-high 16 points and four assists to go along with two steals and one block for the Engineers (4-7). Coming off the bench, Amy Marshall and Cheryl Kwinn each grabbed 14 rebounds while Marshall posted 11 points. Clara Yuan added nine points as Marissa Good contributed six boards.

MIT opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers by Yuan, going on to hold an 8-2 advantage after four minutes elapsed. The Nighthawks notched eight straight points to claim their first lead two minutes later. The Cardinal and Gray went ahead, 13-10, on a trey and layup by Simmons. On its ensuing possession, Newbury evened the contest with a three-pointer by Kendra Bannister at the 12:26 mark. Sparked by a basket from Marshall, MIT mounted a 16-2 run that spanned almost 10 minutes and resulted in a 29-15 margin. The Nighthawks responded with nine unanswered points to close the gap to five (29-24) at the intermission.

Newbury carried the momentum into the second stanza, coming within one (29-28) after 2:28 expired. A layup by Sally Simpson maintained the Engineers’ small cushion as they went on to establish a 41-33 edge midway through the frame. The Nighthawks countered by scoring eight of the next 10 points, cutting their deficit to two (43-41) with 6:35 on the clock. MIT gained some breathing room with a Kwinn layup and a three-pointer from Simmons at the 5:16 mark. Following four minutes of scoreless play, Morganna Machado’s trey brought the hosts within four (48-44). The Engineers thwarted any hopes of a rally during the final minute of regulation courtesy of a put-back by Kwinn and a 4-of-6 shooting performance from the charity stripe.