Jan. 15, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite double-digit scoring performances from Clara Yuan, Jamie Simmons, and Sally Simpson, the MIT women’s basketball team fell to NEWMAC foe Wellesley College, 98-56, on Wednesday. Yuan tallied 17 points and two steals as Simmons posted 13 points, four assists, and four rebounds. Coming off the bench, Simpson registered 10 points, four boards, and two steals while Kristen Whaley grabbed four rebounds. Alice Yeh chipped in eight points while Cheryl Kwinn collected a team-high seven caroms.
The Blue opened the scoring with a layup on the game’s first possession. The Engineers (4-8, 0-2 NEWMAC) quickly went ahead on a three-pointer from Simmons. Wellesley regained the lead and maintained a slight margin, as a jumper by Simmons made the score, 10-7, at the 16:53 mark.
The Blue countered with a game-changing run during the next seven minutes that pushed its margin to 27, but MIT ended its scoring drought with a trey by Yeh and a three-point play from Yuan. Although the hosts held a commanding advantage, the Engineers continued to attack and narrowed the gap to 51-34 at the break.
As a response to the Cardinal and Gray’s late first-half run, Wellesley tallied seven unanswered points to kick off the second frame. Yeh provided MIT with its first bucket of the stanza, but it would not be enough to stop the Blue’s momentum as it cruised to the victory.