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Women's Basketball Ranks Tenth in Poll

Krzysztof Gajos -- The Tech
Eboney Smith '01 passes the ball to Vicky Canto-Ponce '00 in Monday's basketball game against Wentworth Institute of Technology. MIT easily outpaced their opponents, winning the game 69-38.
By Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information

For the first time in the history of the program, the MIT women's basketball team has earned a ranking in the New England Women's Basketball Association Weekly Poll. The Engineers, who have earned a 135 record, are tied for tenth in the poll released Monday, Feb. 8. On the individual front, Vicky Best '99 has been named the New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Best, who is the NEWMAC's leading scorer, averaged 22.5 points, four rebounds, and 3.5 steals in a 2-0 week for MIT ending Saturday, Feb. 6. The previous week, Best was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III Weekly Honor Roll. During that week she averaged 17 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and three assists as the Engineers earned two wins and a loss.

Football

The final National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III football statistics have recently been released and two MIT players are named in the national rankings. Wide receiver Baldemar Mejia '99 was tied for 19th in receptions per game with 59 catches in nine games. Duane Stevens '99, a defensive back, was the 23rd ranked punt returner. On 15 returns, Stevens averaged 11.9 yards per return. His 81 yard return for a touchdown in his final game set the MIT record for the longest punt return. As a team MIT ranked 16th in punt returns with 13.25 yards per return.

Figure Skating

On Saturday, the MIT Figure Skating Club will host a collegiate skating competition, sanctioned by the United Skaters Figure Skating Association. Over 100 skaters representing nine different colleges and universities (Boston University, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, Northeastern, Penn State, Princeton, University of Delaware, UMass-Amherst) will be competing in individual and team events. The competition will be at the Johnson Athletics Center and will begin at 11 a.m. It is free of charge.