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Elms Downs Women's Basketball

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

The women's basketball team lost its first regular season game Wednesday 70-62 against the Elms College Blazers.

In the first half, the Blazers used a full court press occasionally but effectively while building a 36-22 lead. They used the turnovers from the press to generate easy baskets, shooting 52 percent from the floor to the Engineers 39 percent.

As the second half started, Elms continued to press MIT for the first few minutes. As a result, they ran up the lead to 21 a couple minutes into the half.

The Engineers started to press and the Blazers started turning the ball over. Consequently, MIT had the score back down to single digits midway through the half and with eight minutes left, they were down by only five. However, MIT could not get any closer as Elms converted free throw opportunities while the Engineers hit a cold spell. Individually, starting center Kristen Ratliff '95 played extremely well, leading the team in scoring with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Starting forward CJ Doane '95 was the only other scorer in double figures with 13. Starting guard Sarah Davis '97 led MIT in assists with three and reserve Jen Boyle '96 led the Engineers in steals with four.

Kelly O'Connell was the Blazers leading scorer with 22 and leading thief with 10 steals while Angel Esposito led in rebounds with seven, and three tied for the lead in assists with two.

The full court press that Elms used occasionally flustered the Engineers and resulted in numerous turnovers. Head coach Suzan Rowe expressed disappointment about the team's performance. "Turnovers and the foul line actually killed us tonight," she said. "Their pressure killed us. We just were not very poised when we took the ball out and that's what we will work on. Unfortunately, the fouls killed us. There were over 50 called for the game and the travels and turnovers really took both teams out of their game."

Rowe was quite pleased with the performance of the starting center and happy about the comeback. "Kristen Ratliff had a great game. She was one of the biggest kids on the floor and she rose to it."

The women play at Simmons College tomorrow for their last game in 1993.