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Women's Basketball Falls to Smith, 72-62

Rayshad Oshtory
An MIT women's basketball player shoots during their game against Smith College on Saturday. MIT lost 72-62.

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

In a game either team could have won, the women's basketball team lost their final home match of the season to the Smith College Pioneers 72-62 Saturday afternoon at Rockwell Cage. The conference loss made the team 1010 overall and 16 in the New England Women's Eight Conference.

Despite a "great effort" by the Engineers, "we lost to a team with more numbers, more players," said head coach Suzan Rowe.

Before the game started, graduating seniors C. J. Doane '95 and Kristin Ratliff '95 were thanked for their contributions to the team with bouquets.

Offensive rebounds won the game for Smith, which had 24 (with 15 in the second half alone) to MIT's 15. Those rebounds helped the Pioneers overcome a dismal 31 percent shooting from the floor. MIT did somewhat better from the field at 40 percent.

Smith also fared better at the line, shooting 66 percent to MIT's 56 percent.

MIT leads at half

Sarah Davis '97 opened the game with a quick four points. The Pioneers recovered, and took the lead at 86 four minutes into the game.

MIT countered with a 154 run in the next nine minutes to give the Engineers their largest lead at 2112. The lead did not last for very long as the Pioneers countered with a 123 run to tie the game with 3:23 left. MIT retook the lead with 30 seconds left to end the half at 2925.

The Engineers continued to build their lead in the second half, culminating at 3526 just two minutes into the half.

The teams traded baskets for several minutes before the Pioneers tied the game at 4343 with 9:32 left. A Smith field goal gave the Pioneers a momentary 4543 lead before Amy MacKay '97 made a 3-point field goal to give the Engineers a final lead of 4645 with 8:47 left.

Twenty seconds later, Ann Miller put Smith in the lead for good with a field goal to make the score 4746. The Pioneers got the lead up to eight before two field goals by MacKay made the score 6359 with just under three minutes left.

Smith scored the next eight points, bringing the Pioneers to their largest lead of the game at 7159 with only 12 seconds remaining. An Engineer 3-point field goal and a Pioneer free throw resulted in the final score of 72-62.

While the Engineers had four players in double figures to the Pioneers' two, Miller's game-high 34 overshadowed Doane's team-leading 18 points. MacKay contributed 13 while Nicole Gerrish '98 and Ratliff added 12 and 10, respectively. Doane also led the team in rebounds with 13 while Ratliff added 12.