Jan. 26, 2005
Wheaton College Sports Information
NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team recorded its second consecutive NEWMAC victory Tuesday night, defeating MIT, 66-43. The win brings the Lyons to 6-10 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while the Engineers drop to 3-10 and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo helped the Engineers maintain a slim lead in the early going, accounting for MIT's first six points via a pair of three-point buckets. With the visitors leading 12-8 with just less than 14 minutes to go in the half, Wheaton's Mary Flaherty drilled a trey followed immediately by a Samara Audet steal and breakaway lay up, giving the Lyons a 13-12 edge and a lead they would hold the rest of the game. With 17 seconds left in the stanza, Flaherty closed the half by hitting her second three-pointer to give the Lyons a 33-23 advantage heading into the break.
Eri Soo Hoo hit a jumper to start the second half, as the Engineers began to chip away at their double-digit deficit. Offensive contributions from Karen Kinnaman, Cherelle Walls, and Michal Ruchelsman aided a 15-5 run to bring MIT within two at 44-42 with less than 13 minutes to play. Eri Soo Hoo would eventually hit a free throw minutes later at 8:49, but the point proved to be MIT's last, as the Lyons stymied the Engineer offense by holding them without a basket in the final 12:50.
Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo tied the game-high point total with 13 on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including a flawless 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. Cherelle Walls was the only other MIT player in double figures, as she recorded 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Michal Ruchelsman had a solid performance, tallying nine points, five boards, three assists, and three steals. Karen Kinnaman grabbed six caroms and dished out three assists.