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Women...s Hoops Lose to Wheaton

By Mindy Brauer
DAPER ASSISTANT SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR

Trailing Wheaton College by 14 points with 1:48 left to play, MIT outscored the Lyons, 16-7, but could not overcome the deficit, resulting in a 65-60 loss in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball action on Tuesday.

The first half was a tightly fought battle which featured three ties and three lead changes. A lay-up by Tech’s Kimberly E. SooHoo ’08 was answered by a trey from Krystin Hickey. SooHoo then set up Clara J. Yuan ’09 for a three-pointer, giving MIT its last lead of the game, but Hickey quickly answered with a lay-up.

Wheaton’s advantage eventually grew to six points on two occasions, but the Engineers remained within striking distance, tying the game at 21 with 6:03 remaining in the half. The Lyons tacked on five more points, before Tech came within one (26-25) with 34 seconds left on the clock. A three-point play by Aitchison gave Wheaton a 29-25 edge at the intermission.

Aitchison opened the scoring in the second half with a three-pointer, which was answered by a trey from Yuan. Hickey then sank her second shot from behind the arc. On the ensuing possession, Christa M. Margossian ’07 set up Sharon M. Prange ’07 for a lay-up, bringing the score to 35-30 after three minutes had expired.

While the Engineers got to within three (37-34) at the 16:09 mark, Wheaton went on to outscore MIT, 20-10 over the next 14 minutes to establish its largest lead of the game (58-44). But the Engineers held the Lyons without a field goal during the final 3:17, thanks to some key substitutions.

At the same time, a pair of free throws and a trey from Yuan sparked Tech’s late rally. Karen A. Kinnaman ’06 sank a lay-up, a three-point play, and drained a three-pointer around two made shots from the charity stripe by Bri Smith. After falling short in two consecutive trips to the free-throw line, Brandee Williams-Epes made both of her foul shots to extend the lead to eight (65-57) with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. SooHoo closed the scoring by sinking a shot near mid-court as time expired.

Kinnaman notched her second double-double of the year with 19 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for the Engineers (3-8, 0-4 NEWMAC). Becky Aitchison led all scorers with 20 points and collected 12 boards for the Lyons (7-7, 1-4 NEWMAC).

Yuan and Prange joined Kinnaman in double-figure scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Margossian grabbed 10 boards and SooHoo dished out a game-high seven assists.

For Wheaton, Hickey totaled 13 points while Casey Sorbara and Kim McCormack each amassed five steals. Amy Johnson notched a game-high four blocks.

The next game for MIT will be on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. when Tech travels to UMass-Dartmouth.

Women’s Ice Hockey

A late rally by MIT fell short as St. Michael’s College emerged with a 5-3 win in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East women’s ice hockey action on Saturday.

The opening frame was a defensive battle: both goalies combined for 28 saves. St. Michael’s (4-12-0, 3-8-0 ECAC East) struck first with an unassisted goal by Kelly Adams with 58 seconds remaining in the period. Within 13 seconds, the Purple Knights found the back of the net again when Melissa Gagne connected on passes from Bourgeois and Michelle Miaskiewicz.

St. Michael’s carried the momentum into the second period as Shannon Murphy recorded her first goal of the season by converting a feed from Leslie Pomponi.

MIT finally scored midway through the period when the Purple Knights were assessed three penalties in a span of 1:16. Freshman Stephanie V. Brenman’s shot slid inside the left post at the 12:42 mark after being set up by Catherine G. Harding ’09 and Sara E. John ’09. Bourgeois notched what proved to be the game-winning goal less than five minutes later by connecting on a pass from Marissa Deegan.

Brenman recorded the first of her two points in the final frame when she converted a feed from Mary P. Harding ’07 after 5:16 expired. She then set up Amanda P. Hunter ’07 10 minutes later, bringing the Engineers (0-10-0, 0-7-0 ECAC East) within one (4-3). St. Michael’s closed the scoring with 1:03 left to play when Molly Dever found Murphy.

All of the Engineers’ scoring came from power plays. Brenman lead the way with two goals. Shannon Murphy paced the Purple Knights with two goals while Gabrielle Bourgeois contributed one goal and one assist.

In net, Sally W. Simpson ’09 collected 28 saves for Tech. Melanie Cullen posted her first win of the season as she made 47 stops.

MIT will host the UMass-Amherst club team in exhibition action on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28.