February 15, 2007

MIT Rallies to Defeat Wellesley, 63-55

Feb. 15, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - An 11-2 run during the opening five minutes of the second half resulted in MIT's first lead of the game which it maintained en route to a 63-55 win over Wellesley College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on Thursday night. The victory sets up a three-way tie for the final spot in the NEWMAC Championship Tournament as MIT, Wellesley, and Smith College have each posted a conference win.

Wellesley (4-18, 1-11 NEWMAC) quickly established an 8-2 advantage after 3:33 had expired. The Engineers (4-19, 1-11 NEWMAC) responded with a 6-2 spurt that cut their deficit to two (10-8). The Blue slowly extended its lead as it eventually reached double-digits (32-22) with 2:26 remaining in the half. Baskets by Sharon Prange and Kimberly Soo Hoo resulted in a 32-26 score at the intermission.

Following MIT's pivotal run that began the second stanza, Wellesley narrowed the gap to 39-38 on a jumper by Jessica Duff at the 13:03 mark. The Engineers went on to outscore the Blue, 12-3, during the next five minutes to regain some breathing room. Michal Ruchelsman drained a pair of three-pointers and a jumper while Soo Hoo contributed four points. Wellesley slowly chipped away at its deficit, coming within five (56-51) on a trey by Laura Barrett with 2:24 left to play. Two free throws by Prange were countered by a basket from Duff. Clara Yuan ended the rally with a three-pointer at 1:07 and then sealed the win by converting both of her attempts at the charity stripe. The Blue's Courtney Pelley capped the scoring on a jumper with two seconds on the clock.

For the second time this season and the third time in her career Soo Hoo tied the Institute record for assists in a game with 10 to go along with 12 points. Prange paced the Engineers with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks as Yuan notched 14 points and six boards. Ruchelsman contributed 10 points while Christa Margossian collected three blocks.

Duff led Wellesley with 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Kate Martore posted 14 points as Evelyn Boettcher registered eight boards including five off the offensive glass.

Both teams will continue NEWMAC play on the road on Saturday, Feb. 17. MIT will travel to Smith College while Wellesley will make the trip to WPI.