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Women’s B-Ball Improves on ’03

By Caitlin Murray

STAFF WRITER

The MIT women’s basketball team improved their record to 2-1 Tuesday with a 65-50 win over the Anna Maria Amcats. Four Engineers reached the double digits for MIT: Christa M. Margossian ’07, Karen A. Kinnaman ’06, Kimberly Eri Soo Hoo ’08, and Sharon M. Prange ’07 scored a combined total of 54 points over the course of the game.

The Engineers took the lead immediately, beginning the game with a six point run from the tip-off. The Amcats managed to tie it up, but the Engineers regained control of the game and took a permanent lead on a three-pointer by Soo Hoo.

Shortly before the end of the half, the Engineers went on a 15-point run, building a 28-12 lead. The Amcats retaliated, scoring nine points while shutting out the Engineers. MIT quickly quashed this recovery, allowing the Amcats just three points in the remaining five minutes to the Engineers twelve points, taking a 42-24 lead into halftime.

The Engineers relaxed their guard in the beginning of the second half, allowing the Amcats a run that cut MIT’s lead down to ten, but yet again Soo Hoo came to the rescue with a three pointer, stopping the run and reviving the Engineers.

With six minutes left in the game, the Amcats trailed 59-48. At that point they seemed to concede the game, going the rest of the match without a field goal while the Engineers scored six points in as many minutes.

Soo Hoo, a five-foot freshman from California, baffled the Amcats despite their extra inches, racking up three 3-pointers, 11 points, three assists, and a steal, deftly controlling the game in her role as point guard.

Margossian also had a career night, putting 16 points on the board and racking up 17 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Kinnaman was a thorn in the Amcats’ side, with a steal, two blocks, and four defensive rebounds, racking up 15 points over the course of the game.

Prange, MIT’s center, had a good game, grabbing ten rebounds, twelve points, and also shooting a 50 percent field goal percentage.

This victory brings the women’s basketball team’s all time record against Anna Maria up to 10-8. The Amcats were one of only three teams the Engineers managed to defeat last year.

The 2003-2004 season was disappointing for MIT, as they ended the season with their lowest conference record ever (0-13) and their worst overall record in 16 years, going 3-20 for the season.

The team hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology on Tuesday, against whom they lost last year 54-65 but have an all time record of 15-3.