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Women's Basketball Stung 91-67 by Bees

By Martin Duke
sports columnist

After an impressive win on last Tuesday, the women's basketball team took a step backward with a 9167 loss to the Savannah College of Art and Design Bees on Thursday. The Engineers never led in the game and - aside from pulling to within 65 early on - were never really close.

Savannah proved an offensive juggernaut as the team sliced through a formidable defense and threatened with solid outside shooting. The Bees took advantage of opportunities, seldom missing a layup and going 15 for 19 from the line. From the floor, Savannah was an impressive 35 for 62 (.565), including six for right from three-point range.

In a disturbing continuation from the previous game, MIT turned over the ball 31 times while forcing only 17. But aside from that, the offense was not to blame for this defeat. Amy MacKay '97 had another big night with 21 points (nine for 12) and eight rebounds, and centers Katie Spayde '99 and Vicky Canto-Ponce '00 both found their shooting touch to go a combined nine for 18 with 11 and 12 points, respectively. Vicky Best '99 had a team leading nine rebounds to go with her 10 points.

It was the defense - which surrendered a shocking 91 points - that was the culprit. After shutting down Rivier College two nights before, the Engineers gave up a number of looks underneath the basket, opportunities that Savannah took full advantage of.

After going on a run to make it 65 after three and a half minutes, the Bees had an explosion of fast break points and converted free throws that extended the lead to 247 four minutes later. The Engineers played them even through the half, going into the break trailing 4524.

Another run right after halftime put Savannah up 5424, and the question became not who would win or lose, but if Savannah would break 100 and MIT would break 50. Fortunately, the Engineer offense found its rhythm and neither thing would happen. It was 7744 when the Bees put in their second team, and the final was 9167.

The loss drops MIT to 76, while Savannah is at 143. The next home game for the Engineers will be tomorrow evening against Elms College.