Emerson Defeats MIT, 54-43

Nov. 29, 2007

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its first game after a 12-day hiatus, Emerson College emerged with a 54-43 victory over MIT in a non-conference women's basketball game on Thursday. With the win, the Lions improved to 2-1 on the year while the Engineers fell to 1-3.

The early stages of the game were a back-and-forth affair as Emerson crept out to a 9-6 advantage after five minutes elapsed. Back-to-back three-pointers by Clara Yuan and Alice Yeh put MIT ahead, 12-9, at the 12:01 mark. The Lions countered with 10 straight points during the next three minutes to reclaim the lead for good. A three-point play by Yeh ended the run and narrowed the gap to four (19-15). Emerson responded by tallying 12 out of the next 15 points to establish its largest lead of the half (31-18) with 4:49 on the clock. The Engineers closed out the frame with an 8-2 run that resulted in a 33-26 deficit at the break.

Yeh continued to power MIT's offense in the second stanza as she posted five points during the first 41 seconds. Baskets by Lauren Vassallo, Lindsay DeStefano, and Maude Okrah helped maintain Emerson's edge as it led, 39-31, at 18:21. The next 12 minutes became a defensive battle as both sides combined for 10 points. A jumper by Alleigh Marre sparked a 9-0 run by the Lions as they extended their lead to 17 (54-37) with 4:13 on the clock. MIT held Emerson scoreless for the rest of the game as a lay-up from Sally Simpson and a pair of baskets by Kelsey Cappelle closed out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray.

Cheryl Kwinn notched a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds while Yeh contributed 11 points coming off the bench. Cappelle totaled eight points and two blocks while Samia Mahjub grabbed a team-high 12 boards. Kimberly Soo Hoo dished out nine assists as Kristen Whaley picked up two steals for the Engineers.

Emerson's DeStefano finished with 12 points, four assists, and two blocks as Vassallo amassed 12 rebounds, eight points and three steals. Okrah chipped in 10 points while Kathy Andrade added eight points and three steals.

Both teams will continue non-conference play on the road on Saturday, Dec. 1. MIT will travel to Albertus Magnus College while Emerson will make the trip to Wellesley College.