Coast Guard Trounces Women...s Basketball Team in 78-52 Win
By Mindy Brauer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION
A dominating performance from three-point range helped lead the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to a 78-52 win over MIT in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball action on Saturday. The Bears (3-4, 2-0 NEWMAC) made 14 of 29 shots from behind the arc while shooting 9 of 24 from the floor. Jen Makowski came off the bench for Coast Guard to finish with a game-high 22 points on 8 of 9 shooting, including five treys. Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 paced the Engineers (3-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) with 12 points and six assists.
Tech maintained a six-point lead for the first five minutes of the contest until threes from DeCarol Davis and Laura Hutchinson knotted the game at 10-10. A pair of lay-ups by Karen A. Kinnaman ’06 and a free-throw from Sharon M. Prange ’07 put MIT ahead by five. Coast Guard tallied seven unanswered points, resulting in its first lead at the 8:54 mark. Baskets from Clara J. Yuan ’09 and Soo Hoo put the Engineers up, 19-17, within a minute. The Bears took the lead for good on a trey from Makowski at 7:05, sparking an 8-0 run during the next 1:30. Coast Guard entered the intermission with a 36-27 advantage.
MIT quickly got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, with Soo Hoo sinking a jumper after four seconds had expired. Davis countered with a three-pointer for a 39-29 lead. The Engineers cut the deficit to one in a span of two minutes. The Bears responded with an eight-point spurt that ended with 12:38 remaining on the clock. Jumpers from Soo Hoo and Andrea J. Dooley ’06 brought Tech within five (47-42) two minutes later. However, it would be as close as MIT would get after a four-point play by Makowski at 9:46 shifted the momentum to Coast Guard. The Bears went on to outscore the Engineers, 27-10, to close the game.
Yuan finished with 11 points for Tech while Kinnaman and Samantha O’Keefe ’09 each contributed eight. Prange paced MIT on the boards with seven rebounds as Kinnaman collected six.
Natalie Moyer and Davis also finished with double-figures in scoring for Coast Guard. Moyer posted 21 points, including a 10 of 11 performance from the free-throw line, and added six rebounds and four steals. Davis totaled 14 points while Mary Arvidson grabbed a team-high seven caroms. Hutchinson and Arvidson both dished out five assists.
The next game for MIT will be on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. when it travels to Brandeis University.
Women’s Ice Hockey
Megan Irving’s two goals and five assists helped lead the University of Southern Maine to a 10-2 victory over MIT in ECAC East women’s ice hockey action on Saturday. The win lifts the Huskies to 4-10-0 on the year and 4-6-0 in conference play. The Engineers’ record drops to 0-7-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the ECAC East.
The Huskies opened the scoring 4:02 into the contest when Amy McNally converted a pass from Irving. Caitlin Tassone provided an unassisted goal late in the period, resulting in a 2-0 advantage at the first intermission.
Katie Quartuccio and Irving collaborated on back-to-back scores midway through the second period. The first proved to be the game-winner at 7:14 while the second was a power-play goal. Kelly Connors extended Southern Maine’s lead to 5-0 by connecting on a feed from Stephanie King. MIT ended the shutout at 16:58 when Mary P. Harding ’07 set up Amanda P. Hunter ’07 for her first goal of the season.
Irving scored 35 seconds into the third period just as a power-play expired on passes by Amy McNally and Quartuccio. The Huskies notched two more goals before Tech’s Sara E. John ’09 recorded an unassisted tally at 8:28, bringing the score to 8-2.
Southern Maine’s next goal came from Quartuccio at 11:12, giving her a hat trick and giving McNally a third assist in the frame. Caitlin Cashman closed the scoring a minute later on an unassisted goal.
Sally W. Simpson ’09 collected 48 saves for the Engineers while Jen Arno stopped 30 shots for the Huskies.
The next game for MIT will be on Saturday, Jan. 14 when the Engineers travel to Rochester Institute of Technology.