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Women's Hoopsters Trounce Simmons Sharks 71-38

By Martin Duke
Sports Columnist

In the opening minute of the women's basketball game against the Simmons College Sharks on Dec. 10, Nicole Gerrish '98 hit a 10-footer to put the Engineers up 20.

It was the end of the competitive phase of the game. MIT thoroughly dismantled the Sharks from start to finish, eventually defeating Simmons 7138.

The opening surge was paced by the hot shooting of Heather Lukacs '00, who was nine for 14 with 21 points overall, leading all scorers.

Also coming up big was Vicky Canto-Ponce '00, whose contribution was not so much constituted by her seven points as by the incredible 13 jump ball situations in the game, the majority of which Canto-Ponce was a part of. Together they led the Engineers to a double-digit lead early in the first half.

The remainder of the game was remarkably devoid of runs. The lead remained between 10 and 15 until the last five or 10 minutes of the game. At the half, the score was 3118, and that lead was maintained by the sharp defensive play of Vicky Best '99 and Sarah Davis '97, who finished with four and three steals, respectively.

At the beginning of the second half, one got the impression that the Engineers were pulling away for good, and by the time 10 minutes had passed, aggressive MIT rebounding (Lukacs lead the team with 11), repeated fast breaks, and a collapse in the Sharks' shooting destroyed any chance of a late Simmons rally.

With seven minutes remaining, Best created two steals and followed them with solo fast breaks to give the crowd a last surge of excitement before MIT cruised to the 7138 final.

No Engineer committed even her third foul until midway through the second half, an example of MIT's total control of the game. The energetic and disciplined game the Engineers showed themselves able to play bodes well as an indicator of their play for the meat of their schedule, which approaches this month.

With the win, MIT improves to 33 and awaits its first conference matchup in January. Simmons is now 13.

Among the other top scorers and rebounders for the Engineers were Best with 18 points and nine rebounds and Davis with 11 and six. No Shark had more than seven points.