Feb. 10, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Despite a late rally by MIT, Mount Holyoke College maintained its double-digit advantage en route to a 57-45 win in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Saturday. The Engineers' Kimberly Soo Hoo led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including connecting on both of her shots from three-point range and all six of her attempts from the charity stripe. Angela Astuccio led the Lyons (16-7, 8-3 NEWMAC) with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Mount Holyoke established an 8-4 lead after five minutes had elapsed in the contest. MIT (3-19, 0-11 NEWMAC) responded by going on a 10-4 run that resulted in a 14-12 edge at the 10:33 mark. Soo Hoo sparked the rally with a three-pointer, which was followed by a pair of free-throws by Amy Marshall, a put-back by Sharon Prange, and another trey by Soo Hoo. The Lyons countered with 10 unanswered points for its largest margin of the frame at 22-14. Back-to-back baskets by Prange cut the Engineers' deficit in half with 4:41 remaining. Mount Holyoke maintained its slim lead as it entered the intermission ahead, 28-21.
A 19-6 run by the Lyons established a 47-27 advantage midway through the second stanza. Astuccio tallied 12 points in the pivotal spurt while Marissa Barone and Joeanna Silvey contributed five and two points, respectively. MIT narrowed the gap to 11 (54-43) with 2:13 left to play, but Mount Holyoke thwarted any hopes of a comeback.
Barone notched 11 points as Silvey collected six caroms and three steals. Jessica Olson bolstered the Lyons' defense with seven rebounds and two blocks.
Both teams will continue NEWMAC play at home on Wednesday, Feb. 14. MIT will host Wellesley College while Mount Holyoke will meet up with Smith College.