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Women's Basketball Continues Strong after IAP Florida Games

By Joanna Garelick

The women's basketball team has had a strong start to their season with a 10-3 record in division play going into their game against Suffolk on Jan. 23. The team has played strongly during the Independent Activities Period since their return from the Sunshine Shootout in Florida.

In the last three games they have defeated Rivier 57-42 and Elms College 58-41. The only loss was a close one to Colby Sawyer College, 66-65.

The game at Rivier was a very physical one, and the team's hustle was a key factor. Guard Sarah Davis '97 turned in an outstanding performance with 21 points, making 4 points from the line and 17 from the field. Off-guard Nicole Gerrish '98 also contributed to the MIT offense by scoring 13 points.

The team then returned to their home court to face Colby Sawyer College. The teams were evenly matched and with 19 seconds left, MIT was ahead by one. With seven seconds left Colby Sawyer hit a field goal to take the lead, and despite a strong performance, MIT was unable to regain the lead.

A positive element of the Colby Sawyer game was the play of Victoria Best '99, Michelle Fox '99, Katie Spayde '99, and Maisha Gray '99. Fox had 10 points, Spayde and Best each knocked down 9 points, and Gray contributed 8 points. Davis gave another strong performance with 13 points. Before the game, Best was named ECAC Rookie of the Week and was presented with an award by a representative from the Holiday Inn.

The Elms College game was an easier match-up than the Colby Sawyer game. At the half, MIT was ahead by 10, and despite a short run by the Elms team, MIT was able to pull away to win by a 17-point margin.

Spayde and Best came off the bench to be the game's two high scorers. Best scored 15 and Spayde had 16 points, shooting 62 percent from the field and pulling down 6 rebounds. With seven rebounds, Davis, Gerrish, and Amy MacKay '97 gave strong showings, with captain MacKay scoring nine points.