January 30, 2008

Wheaton Holds on to Defeat MIT, 78-71

Jan. 30, 2008

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Strong defensive pressure by Wheaton College in the backcourt helped it generate a late rally in its 78-71 victory over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Wednesday night. Krystin Hickey registered a game-high 30 points and nine rebounds as she became the ninth player for the Lyons (13-5, 6-0 NEWMAC) to surpass the 1,000-point mark. Kimberly Soo Hoo, already the Engineers' all-time leader for assists, equaled the Institute mark for assists in a game for the fourth time in her career by dishing out 10.

After trading baskets to start the contest, Wheaton went on an 11-2 run as Hickey drained a three-pointer midway through the spurt to reach her milestone. MIT (8-9, 1-5 NEWMAC) closed the gap to one (20-19) at the 9:13 mark courtesy of back-to-back treys from Clara Yuan and Sally Simpson. The Lyons countered with 10 unanswered points during the next three minutes with Hickey tallying eight. The Engineers narrowed their deficit to four (37-33) on a three-pointer by Alice Yeh with 21 seconds on the clock, but Bri Smith extended Wheaton's edge with a jumper just as the buzzer sounded.

MIT stayed within striking for most of the second stanza as a three-pointer by Yuan and a lay-up from Soo Hoo brought the hosts within one (48-47) at the 12:42 mark. A three-point play by Hickey on the Lyons' ensuing possession gave her squad some breathing room however the Engineers cut their deficit in half with a lay-up by Samia Mahjub on their next trip down the court. This was as close as it would get as Wheaton recorded another string of 10 consecutive points to establish a 59-49 lead midway through the frame. MIT continued to attack, trailing by seven (63-56) as late as 8:14, but the Lyons' full-court press helped them push their advantage to 15 (76-61) during the next six minutes. The Engineers closed the game with a 10-2 run that was capped by Simpson draining two free throws after being fouled during a three-point attempt as time expired.

Kelsey Cappelle paced MIT with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and a 4-of-5 performance at the charity stripe and also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Yuan notched 18 points as all of her scoring came from three-point range to go along with five boards. Soo Hoo posted her first double-double of the season by scoring 11 points to go along with 10 assists. Simpson and Cheryl Kwinn rounded out the Engineers' balanced rebounding corps with five caroms apiece.

Jenny Champney bolstered Wheaton's offense with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting including hitting her only three-point attempt. Becky Aitchison contributed 10 points while shooting 5-of-10 from the floor as Andrea Bailey totaled six rebounds, six assists, and a game-high four steals.

Both teams will continue NEWMAC play at home on Saturday, Feb. 2. MIT will host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy while Wheaton will square off with Springfield College.