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Best Becomes MIT's All-Time Leading Scorer in Victory Against Elms College

By Erion Clark

Women's Basketball team captain Vicky Best '99 became the all-time leading scorer for the Engineers in last Thursday's 8347 win over Elms College. The team also took one step closer to challenging the record for most victories in a season with their 7461 win over Smith College last Saturday. Rather than revel in the grand accomplishments of the team or in her own deeds, Best keeps the focus on the task at hand, gaining home court advantage for the post-season.

"We needed [the win]," Best said, after eclipsing 1,200 career points against Smith. "[The record] doesn't mean much if the team is not doing well. The record does not make a big impact on the team."

With seven games remaining in the regular season, there is a strong need to improve the record for a good position in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference tournament at the end of February. Winning only one of the remaining games will ensure MIT of a winning season, but the Engineers have their sights on a more significant goal.

On Saturday the Engineers started off slow in the first half, but were able to secure a five point lead at the half. At the beginning of the second half, great defense ignited a 145 run for MIT. Best and Maisha Gray '99 got together for three steals, while Cristina Estrada '01 served up one of her seven blocks during this stretch. Vicky Canto-Ponce '00 lead all Engineers with three picks. Her 16 points and nine rebounds put her among the top producers for MIT. Katharine Spayde '99 and Estrada formed the double-double crew with their performances 16 and 18 points respectively and 10 rebounds each.

The Engineers have averaged 76.8 points per game this season. However, with a giveaway/takeaway ratio of -3 against Smith, the Engineers have to improve their play in order to prepare for the NCAAChampionships.