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Women's Basketball Drops One to Babson

By Martin Duke
sports Columnist

The women's basketball team played a close strong game against the Babson College Beavers but were defeated 7671 at Rockwell Cage on Tuesday.

The loss was disheartening for an Engineer team which has had a solid non-conference season (86) but now has fallen to 13 in one of the toughest Division III conferences in the country.

The story was blazing shooting: the Engineers shot a very impressive 53.7 percent (2954) but fell to a team that was less proficient (44.4 percent) but put up 72 shots. Strong performances were turned in by Sarah Davis '97 (7 for 9, 20 points), Heather Lukacs '00 (5-7, 13), and Katie Spayde '99 (8-15, 19).

Just as Amy MacKay '97 had huge nights when Davis has been quiet, the reverse was true Tuesday. Davis' evening, which included a five for seven night from the line, seven assists, and three steals, offset forward MacKay's four-point performance. Even so, MacKay had a big eight rebounds to lead the game. All four players mentioned, however, had at least four fouls (MacKay fouled out very late), and that may have had an impact down the stretch.

The Engineers had difficulty keeping possession of the ball. Babson held a 2914 advantage over MIT in turnovers. Davis, Spayde, and Lukacs together exceeded the total of the entire Babson team.

The rebounding was strong, as the Engineers were out-rebounded 4038. Besides MacKay's eight, Lukacs had six and both Spayde and Davis had five.

After one half of play Babson led 3328, thanks to a 10-point difference in shots attempted. In the second half, MIT shot a blistering 61.3 percent from the floor, but again didn't shoot as much as Babson, who were never over 60 percent but took advantage of all those turnovers. However, the second half was fought to standstill, and the first-half margin was preserved at 7671.

There are three more conference games for the women, including a home match on Feb. 22 against Mount Holyoke College.