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Women's basketball can't close gap against Boston

Women's Basketball vs. Babson 02-15-89 225-7356

By Marya Sonny

Coming off an easy victory over Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, the women's varsity basketball team lost 58-43 to Babson College on Tuesday night. MIT was within one basket at one point, but let the game get away in the second half.

During the first half, the game was close, with the Engineers never behind by more than six points. Forward and co-captain Maureen Fahey '90 scored on her inside moves and drew fouls on key Babson starters. Outside shooting by Showna Chang '92 also helped to keep MIT within reach of Babson. With 12:51 remaining, co-captain and point guard Robin Rawles '90 picked up her third foul and was forced to sit out for the remainder of the half.

With Rawles and starting center Cheryl Klepser '91 sitting out, Tania Pinilla '92 and Bernadette Upshaw '92 came off the bench and secured valuable defensive rebounds for MIT. MIT was only down by two points with 1:36 remaining and a Babson basket ended the half at 32-28.

MIT started the second half slowly and was outscored 6-2 in the first five minutes as Babson pulled ahead 38-30. Rawles picked up her fourth foul early in the period and did not return to the game until there were about nine minutes left in the game.

The Babson defense held MIT scoreless for the last eight minutes. They pulled ahead 58-41, when a meaningless layup by starting guard Susan Ward '92 made the final score 58-43.

The loss drops MIT's total record to 4-9 and to 1-3 in the New England Women's Eight Conference. Their next home game is Thursday night against Mount Holyoke College.