WPI Defeats MIT, 59-39
Jan. 21, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A 16-2 run by WPI during the last six minutes of the first half proved to be the difference as it went on to register a 59-39 victory over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Friday. Serena Dubois paced WPI (13-4, 5-0 NEWMAC) with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds. Hannah Sparkman notched a team-high 13 points coming off the bench for MIT (4-10, 0-4 NEWMAC).
WPI quickly established a 4-2 edge before both sides endured four minutes of scoreless play. A jumper by Melissa Kuhn helped the visitors eventually inch out to an 11-5 lead at the 13:09 mark. Following a five-minute defensive battle, MIT went on a 7-2 spurt that featured a three-pointer by Sparkman which brought it within one (13-12). A basket by Lauren Hannmann on WPI's ensuing possession ignited the pivotal run that resulted in a 29-14 advantage at the break.
WPI carried the momentum into the second stanza as it tallied 10 of the first 12 points during the opening six minutes. MIT responded with a basket by Sparkman on its next trip down the court, but WPI's top-ranked defense in the NEWMAC kept the hosts at bay as its lead grew to 29 (59-30) with 4:43 on the clock. MIT continued to attack, posting nine unanswered points to close out the contest.
MIT's Cheryl Kwinn finished the night with a game-high 10 rebounds in addition to eight points, three steals, and two assists. Alice Yeh recorded seven boards and six points as Jamie Simmons chipped in six rebounds. Sally Simpson dished out a game-high four assists. As a team, MIT had the upper hand in rebounding (44-39) and bench scoring (22-16).
Caitlin Macko and Kuhn each totaled eight points as Macko distributed three assists. Natasha Deschene collected eight rebounds and three assists while Kaileen Selen grabbed five boards and three steals. Brittany McNally registered a pair of blocks for WPI.
Both squads will continue NEWMAC action on Saturday, Jan. 24. MIT will travel to Mount Holyoke College while WPI will host Springfield College.