Engineers Outlast Albertus Magnus, 53-49, in OT
Dec. 3, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's basketball team improved to 2-3 on the year following a 53-49 overtime victory against Albertus Magnus College on Saturday. Kelsey Cappelle led all scorers with 17 points as Sally Simpson contributed 15 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Cheryl Kwinn collected 11 rebounds while Kimberly Soo Hoo posted nine boards, eight points, and six assists.
After trading baskets to start the game, the Engineers went on a 14-5 run that resulted in a 16-7 lead at the 7:31 mark. Jaclyn Venice registered the next four points for the Falcons during a span of two minutes. A pair of free throws by Kwinn and a basket from Cappelle pushed the advantage back to nine (20-11) with 2:01 remaining in the frame. Albertus Magnus narrowed its deficit with a jumper and a three-pointer before the break.
The first half of the second stanza was a back-and-forth affair, as MIT held a 28-25 lead at 10:47. A minute later, a jumper by Cappelle ignited a 7-2 spurt which propelled the Engineers to their first double-digit advantage (37-27) at 5:29. A three-pointer on the Falcons' ensuing possession sparked a 15-3 run which put them ahead, 42-40, with 38 seconds remaining. Albertus Magnus had a chance to extend its lead, but after missing the front end of a one-and-one, Kwinn collected the rebound to set up MIT's final shot. After the Engineers failed to connect on a three-pointer, Simpson grabbed the carom and sank a jumper with 13 seconds to go. Albertus Magnus made one last charge, but it couldn't drain the potential game-winning three.
After nearly a minute of scoreless play in the extra session, Alice Yeh's trey gave the Cardinal and Gray the lead for good. The Falcons answered with a basket on their next trip down the court, but MIT countered with a jumper and two free throws to extend its margin to five (49-44). Two successful shots from the charity stripe by Albertus Magnus were followed by Simpson's lay-up. The Falcons closed the gap to two (51-49) on Venice's three-pointer with 58 seconds left. Soo Hoo sealed the win by sinking both of her free throws with 14 seconds on the clock.