Nov. 17, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT fell to Suffolk University, 61-42, in the championship game of the MIT Women's Basketball Tip Off Tournament on Saturday. In the consolation game, Westfield State College defeated Framingham State College, 71-49. Earning All-Tournament Team honors was Christina Bordini (Framingham), Andrea Wasuk (Westfield), Stephanie Morrissey (Suffolk), and Samia Mahjub (MIT). Meghan Tracey of Suffolk was selected as the Tournament MVP.
The early stages of the championship game were closely played as it featured 10 lead changes. A basket by Clara Yuan gave the Engineers (1-1) their largest margin of the day at 13-10 with 11:09 on the clock. Exactly 40 seconds later, Katie Castignetti's jumper ignited a 24-7 run for the Rams (2-0) that resulted in a 34-20 advantage at the intermission.
During the first five minutes of the second stanza Suffolk outscored MIT, 8-2, to establish a 42-22 led. However, a basket and a three-pointer from Sally Simpson narrowed the margin to 42-27. This was as close as it would get as the Rams maintained the momentum throughout the rest of the game.
Mahjub finished the day with 12 points, nine rebounds, and a block while Clara Yuan paced the Engineers with 14 points. Kimberly Soo Hoo dished out a game-high seven assists as Cheryl Kwinn and Kristen Whaley each grabbed five boards.
Kerry Bowman led a balanced Suffolk squad with 12 points and totaled six rebounds while Tracey had an efficient shooting performance, converting 5-of-7 from the floor for 10 points. Laura Thompson tallied nine points, five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals as Castignetti registered eight points and eight rebounds. Morrissey chipped in nine caroms and eight points while Kaitlyn Klecha and Emily Duquette each racked up five assists. Stephanie Zito contributed a game-high three steals.
In the consolation game, Bordini recorded the opening basket for Framingham State, but Westfield State (1-1) countered with 11 consecutive points to take the lead for good. The Rams (0-2) stayed within striking distance for most of the frame, as a three-pointer by Meghan Czarnecki brought them within seven (32-25) with 4:09 left. The Owls responded with a 7-1 run to close the half with a 41-26 advantage.
Framingham State tallied five straight points to start the second half, trailing 41-31 at the 16:38 mark. Westfield stopped the run by posting 12 points while the Rams were held scoreless during a span of six minutes. Bordini's jumper at the midway point of the period ended the Rams' drought, but it would not be enough as the scoring was very balanced during the remainder of the game.
Wasuk led the way for Westfield, finishing with 18 points, eight rebounds, two steals, and one block. Lauren Sylvain notched 15 points as Betty Dely picked up 10 points and six rebounds. Peggy Steuerwald distributed a game-high four assists.
Bordini registered her first double-double of the season on 14 points and 13 rebounds while Czarnecki and Kate Simonelli each added seven points. Jill Johnson bolstered the rebounding corps with seven caroms as Taryn DiFilippo and Nicole McConaghy each earned two assists.