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Women's Basketball Begins Season with Tourney Wins

By Maisha Kito Gray
Team Member

Anyone who has checked out the women's basketball team would have seen a mix of old and new faces. There are the returning captains, Jennifer M. Boyle '96 and Amy T. MacKay '97, as well as Melissa Y. Gonzalez '96, Sarah J. Davis '97, Xilonin A. Cruz-Gonzalez '97, Nicole D. Gerrish '98, Nitza M. Basoco '98 and Aimee K. Horr '98.

The team's new look is brought by the four freshmen on the team, Victoria A. Best '99, Katie M. Spayde '99, Michelle M. Fox '99, and Maisha K. Gray '99.

The Lady Engineers tipped off the season at home as they hosted the 3rd Annual Engineer Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 17. First round tournament action pitted the Engineers against Wentworth College. The Engineers excited the crowded stands with their fast-paced offense and spectacular defense, but Wentworth hung in close with the Engineers, who led 34-29 at halftime.

In the second half, the tenacious defense of the Engineers, as well as the shooting of Best and Spayde, pulled the game out of the reach of Wentworth. Not only was this display of great basketball enjoyed by the fans, but also by Coach Susan Rowe, who lost her voice by game's end. The final score was 83-66, which advanced the Engineers to Saturday's championship game against Western New England College.

In Saturday's game, the Lady Engineers weren't any less exciting than the night before. Western New England College had a slight height advantage over the Engineers, but MIT, led by Davis, Gerrish, Boyle, and MacKay, showed all their determination, heart, and scrappiness, winning with a final score of 65-39 and the championship trophy.

Last Tuesday, the Engineers traveled to Gordon Christian College where they hoped to keep their flawless record intact. After racing off to a 12 point halftime lead, the Lady Engineers were slightly shaken by the press of Gordon. The veterans of the team eventually regained the team's composure and the Engineers stopped the late-game Gordon surge. With their mission accomplished, the Lady Engineers left Gordon with a 74-64 win.

The Lady Engineers defend their perfect record at home on Saturday against Regis.