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Women's hoops ends its best season ever

By Paul Paternoster

The women's basketball team had a "whale of second half," ending their regular season with a 53-44 win over visiting Brandeis University last Saturday. The victory capped off the best season in the history of women's basketball at MIT.

By virtue of a 12-9 season, the Engineers will have a chance to participate in the MAIAW Tournament. Coach Jean Heiney's squad will go down in the books as the first MIT women's basketball team ever to compete in the tournament.

The Engineers defeated Brandeis with solid defense, and help off the bench. Heiney said that players never get enough credit for defense. "The first three questions a player is asked after the game are ...Did you win? ...Did you play? ...How many points did you score?" the coach said. Heiney felt that the squad defeated Brandeis through a total team effort, the type of effort which doesn't always show up on the stat sheets.

The talented Engineers demonstrated their versatility throughout the Brandeis game. At times they were aggressive, stealing passes and grabbing rebounds. At other points in the game they were patient, moving the ball around in hopes of setting up a scoring opportunity.

Brandeis, which defeated MIT last year, put up a tough fight, largely due to the exploits of Jenny Artman. Artman seemed to hit everything she shot from the floor. At the end of the first half the score was tied at 25.

Julie Koster '85 got into early foul trouble. The team's leading rebounder and second leading scorer acquired three fouls in the first eight minutes of play. As a result, Darlene Dewilde '88 received a great deal of playing time. By the end of the game Koster (11 rebounds) and Dewilde (15) had combined for 26 rebounds. Dewilde's 15 were a season high for the team.

Grace Saccardo '86, the team assist leader, engineered the offense from the guard position while Louise Jandura G, the team's leading scorer, added 18 points to her season total.

The Engineers shut down the Brandeis Judges' offense in the second half, boxing out the forwards and grabbing rebounds off the defensive boards. On the other end of the court, aggressive baseline play enabled the team to score inside and at the foul line.

Irene Gregory '88 came off the bench in the second half to provide the Engineers with some tenacious play. Martha Beverage '87 added two key free throws to put the team up for good. After those two points, Jandura sizzled. She scored 8 of the team's final 12 points, while Dewilde added icing to the cake with two free throws and a layup off the fast break.

The final win of the season came on the heels of MIT's biggest win of the season. On Feb. 14, the Engineers defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the first time in 11 years. Beverage scored on both ends of a one and one with 12 seconds remaining to give the team a 54-51 victory.

MIT will face Babson College this afternoon at 3 pm. in the first round of the MAIAW Tournament, "Class C" Division. The contest will take place at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Earlier this season Babson defeated MIT 52-47.