MIT Falls To WPI, 56-42
Jan. 29, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - MIT dropped a tough NEWMAC contest on Saturday, falling to WPI, 56-42. Karen Kinnaman led the way for MIT (3-12, 0-7 NEWMAC), tallying 13 points and seven rebounds. Tiffany Madsen was the top-scorer for WPI (8-10, 3-4 NEWMAC), finishing with 13 points.
The game opened with both squads trading baskets before WPI built an 8-4 lead. Kinnaman responded with a three-pointer, cutting the deficit to one. Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo stole the ensuing inbounds pass and made a lay up while being fouled. She then sank the free throw, giving MIT a 10-8 advantage. Emily Allietta nailed a trey to swing the lead back to WPI. The scoring went back-and-forth until Kinnaman put MIT ahead at 16-15. On MIT's next possession, Eri Soo Hoo made a traditional three-point play at 10:48, marking her squad's largest lead (19-15) and its last field goal of the half. WPI went on a 6-0 run during the next four minutes, taking the lead for good. Despite struggling from the floor, MIT stayed close due to sinking 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. WPI entered the intermission with a 27-24 advantage.
Like the first half, both teams traded baskets to start the second stanza. A jumper by Taryn Mroczkowski followed by a fast-break lay up from Kate Moki gave WPI a 33-26 lead at 17:21. The game remained scoreless for the next three minutes until MIT's Christa Margossian made a jumper in the paint. Meghan Pajonas immediately brought WPI's lead back to seven (35-28). Kinnaman capitalized on a WPI turnover by nailing a jumper after going the full length of the court at 12:44. During the next four minutes, WPI established its first double-digit lead of the game (40-30). A jumper by Jordan Wirfs-Brock ended a five-minute scoring drought for MIT. On the ensuing possession, a fast-break lay up by Tiffany Madsen gave WPI a double-digit lead for good.
Christa Margossian totaled eight points and seven rebounds for MIT. Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo finished with six points, three assists, and two steals. Cherelle Walls grabbed six rebounds while Sharon Prange collected five caroms.
WPI's Lee Helberg registered a game-high five steals and two blocks while adding 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Meghan Pajonas tallied 10 points off the bench while Sarah Doyon grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
The next game for MIT will be on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts Babson College.