Feb. 2, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A baseline jumper by Clara Yuan with 7.2 seconds on the clock helped lift MIT to a 47-45 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Saturday. The Bears, previously winners of a school-record seven straight games and also undefeated in conference play, saw its ledger lower to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the NEWMAC. With the win, the Engineers improved to 9-9 on the year and 2-5 in conference play.
Coast Guard established a 14-5 lead after seven minutes elapsed in the contest. Melissa Martinelli was responsible for the Bears' first 11 points as Natalie Moyer's three-pointer gave her squad its largest advantage of the day. MIT countered with a 13-5 run during the next nine minutes that brought it within one (19-18). A three-point play by Moyer briefly extended the Bears' margin as a jumper by Sally Simpson cut the Engineers' deficit in half. Moyer's trey with 1:43 remaining capped the scoring as Coast Guard entered the break with a 25-20 edge.
MIT opened the second stanza with back-to-back buckets but four straight points by Martinelli reestablished the Bears' slim lead. The Engineers stayed within striking distance, closing the gap to one on three occasions, the last time on a jumper by Kelsey Cappelle, making the score 39-38 at the 8:08 mark. After almost two minutes of scoreless play, Kimberly Soo Hoo drained a three-pointer to give the Engineers the lead. On Coast Guard's next possession, Martinelli evened the contest at 41 with a pair of free throws. MIT went ahead on consecutive baskets off of Bears' turnovers with 2:20 left to play.
Less than a minute later, Martinelli hit a lay-up on an inbounds pass following a foul by the Engineers. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Jennifer Tamminen stole the ball and sank the tying lay-up with 1:08 on the clock. Each side had a chance to take the lead until a Coast Guard turnover gave MIT the ball with 25 seconds left. Soo Hoo eventually found Yuan for the game-winning shot, which prompted a timeout by the Bears. With three fouls to give, the Engineers immediately fouled after the break and lowered the clock to 5.7 seconds. On Coast Guard's next inbounds attempt, Yuan tied up Moyer which resulted in a jumpball in favor of MIT with 1.2 seconds to go. The Engineers easily entered the inbounds pass and held on for the win.
Samia Mahjub and Alice Yeh each posted eight points for MIT as Simpson, Cappelle, and Soo Hoo each finished with seven points. Cappelle paced the Engineers with 10 rebounds to go along with four assists while Soo Hoo registered a game-high eight assists. Cheryl Kwinn grabbed six boards as Yuan snagged four steals.
Martinelli had an efficient shooting performance as she totaled 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 5-of-5 performance at the charity stripe. Moyer contributed 11 points and seven boards as Channel Lee led the way with 13 caroms. Corinne McCormack bolstered Coast Guard's efforts with nine boards and four blocks.
Both teams will continue NEWMAC play on the road on Wednesday, Feb. 6. MIT will travel to Springfield College while Coast Guard will make the trip to Smith College.