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Women's Team Loses 2 in Florida

By Amy MacKay, Maisha Gray, and Victoria Best
Team Members

The women's basketball team started off the new year by travelling to sunny Orlando for the Sunshine Shootout at Warner Southern College. The Lady Engineers performed well but lost to Division II schools Warner Southern and Bethel in the round-robin tournament. They came back strong on the third day to defeat Anderson, the other Division III school.

Victoria Best '99 led the Lady Engineers against Warner Southern with 22 points and 4 steals. Other major contributors were Sarah Davis '97 and Katie Spayde '99 who each scored 13 points and shot 100 percent from the free-throw line.

Jen Boyle '96 was strong on the boards, ripping down 11 rebounds for MIT. Nicole Gerrish '98 also chipped in with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. MIT was in the game early, leading at halftime 3433, but the Lady Engineers shot poorly in the second half and lost to the home team 7061.

MIT had high hopes going into the second game against the Division II team Bethel College. With the scrappy defense and fast break offense that epitomizes the Engineers, they took a four point lead at the half, 4137. Davis led the Engineers with 18 points and 4 assists. Amy MacKay '97 and Best each added 16 points.

In the second half, the Bethel height advantage proved to be too much for MIT. The Lady Engineers fell short by a final score of 8975.

MIT's final game was against Anderson University. Anderson could not handle the intense defensive pressure of the Lady Engineers, and MIT pulled away at the half, 3122. Best contributed to the pressure to lead MIT with 5 steals and 24 points. Other high scorers were MacKay with 13 points and Davis with 12 points.

MIT's rebounding was outstanding in this contest led by Davis with 9, and Boyle, Gerrish, Michelle Fox '99, and Spayde each with 7 boards.

MIT sealed the game with good free-throw shooting, defeating Anderson 6246, and securing third place. Best made the all-tournament team for the Engineers.

The next home game is Saturday at 2 p.m.