Jan. 27, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Wheaton College raced out to a 23-6 lead and never looked back as it defeated MIT, 58-40, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Saturday. The Lyons picked up their ninth win in 10 games as they improved to 13-6 on the year and 6-1 in conference play. With the loss, the Engineers' record dropped to 3-14 overall and 0-7 in the NEWMAC.
Wheaton notched the first two baskets of the game, which was followed by a lay-up by Michal Ruchelsman that put MIT on the board. Back-to-back buckets by Krystin Hickey prompted a timeout by the Engineers. Amy Marshall converted a lay-up for the Engineers following the break, cutting their deficit to four (8-4) at the 16:33 mark. Wheaton went on 15-2 run that spanned eight minutes and resulted in its largest advantage of the half at 17. Ruchelsman ended Tech's scoring drought by draining a three-pointer with 6:17 remaining. After two minutes of scoreless play, Sharon Prange registered a three-point play which was answered by a basket by Wheaton's Ida Kruse. Behind a lay-up by Prange, a trey from Clara Yuan, and a jumper by Marshall, MIT cut its deficit to 29-19 at the intermission.
A defensive battle ensued in the early stages of the second stanza as the score remained unchanged until a jumper by the Lyons' Casey Sorbara at 16:17. Hickey extended Wheaton's lead with a lay-up, but MIT narrowed the margin to 11 (33-22) on a free-throw from Ruchelsman and put-back by Prange on Ruchelsman's missed second attempt. This was as close as it would get for the Engineers as the Lyons went on a 10-3 spurt that pushed their advantage to 18 at the midway point of frame.
Hickey led all scorers with 15 points as Kruse notched 10 on 5-of-6 shooting. Becky Aitchison paced the Lyons with eight boards while Bri Smith grabbed a game-high three steals.
Both teams will continue conference play on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 31. MIT will travel to Babson College while Wheaton will make the trip to Wellesley College.