February 8, 2005

MIT Drops Heartbreaker to Wellesley

Feb. 8, 2005

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The MIT women's basketball team fell to Wellesley College, 46-44, in NEWMAC action on Tuesday night. Karen Kinnaman finished with a game-high 13 rebounds and a team-best 12 points for the Engineers (3-16, 0-10 NEWMAC). Wellesley's Bridget Harris led all scorers with 14 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor and hitting 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo put MIT on the scoreboard with a bucket in the paint 2:32 into the opening frame. Harris tied the game on Wellesley's next possession. The Engineers regained the lead with a basket by Christa Margossian at 16:13. One minute later Sefi Adasi's free throws tied the game for the second time. Tech responded by going on a 10-0 run over the next six minutes, taking a 14-4 advantage. A pair of free throws from Harris ended Wellesley's scoring drought. Michal Ruchelsman answered with a three-pointer, giving MIT its largest lead of the half (17-6). Wellesley chipped away at the deficit, leaving Tech with a 22-15 advantage at halftime.

In the second stanza, MIT boosted its lead back to 11 points before Wellesley narrowed the margin to five (26-21) at 16:46. Baskets by Ruchelsman and Cherelle Walls gave the Engineers a nine-point cushion. Wellesley responded with a 14-2 run, taking its first lead (34-32) with 10:43 remaining. After two minutes of scoreless play, a free throw and a trey by Ruchelsman gave MIT a 36-34 advantage. Erin Johnson tied the game on Wellesley's next possession. A basket by Laura Weslander at 6:52 brought the lead back to Wellesley. Over a minute later, Kinnaman knotted the game at 38 with a pair of free throws. Alex Allukian capitalized on Wellesley's next possession by making a jumper for a 40-38 advantage. Kinnaman evened the game on MIT's next possession at 5:07.

The game remained scoreless during the next two minutes until Harris made the first of two free throws. A put-back by Walls followed by a free-throw from Sharon Prange gave the Engineers a two-point lead (43-41) with 2:23 left to play. Two free throws from Allukian tied the game for the seventh time at 2:02. With 19 seconds remaining, Wellesley's Adasi ended a defensive battle with a jumper in the paint while being fouled. She missed the free throw, leaving the door open for Tech. With 2.7 seconds remaining, Prange earned a trip to the charity stripe, making one-of-two, cutting the deficit to 45-44. Off the inbounds pass, MIT immediately fouled Weslander, sending her to the line where she sank the first of two shots, setting up the final score.

Michal Ruchelsman finished the night with nine points, five rebounds, and two steals. Sharon Prange tallied six points, six boards and three assists. Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo totaled a game-high four steals and dished out three assists.

Alex Allukian was the second member of Wellesley's (10-8, 5-5 NEWMAC) squad to reach double-figures, finishing with 13 points off the bench. Sefi Adasi registered eight points, seven boards, and three blocks.

The next game for MIT will be on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. when it travels to Rivier College.