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Women...s Basketball Wins Over Wellesley Steal Late in Game Causes Narrow Victory

By Mindy Brauer

A steal by Christa M. Margossian ’07 on a in-bounds pass in MIT’s backcourt set up a game-winning lay-up for Samantha F. O’Keefe ’09 with 21 seconds on the clock, lifting the MIT women’s basketball team to a 57-56 victory over Wellesley College in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference action on Tuesday. MIT improved to 4-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play, while the Blue dropped to 5-10 and 3-4.

MIT dominated early on, building a 14-point advantage (38-24) with 4:05 left in the half. A pair of free throws each from Laura Weslander and Sefi Adasi along with a lay-up by Adasi brought the score to 38-30 at the intermission.

After trading baskets to open the second half, the Engineers went on an eight point run, leading 48-32 with 14:47 remaining. Wellesley got back into the game with a 23-7 run during the next 12:26, tying the game at 55 with 2:21 to play.

The Blue took its first lead of the game when Kristin Doeberl converted the first of two free throws with 1:17 remaining. A defensive battle ensued until O’Keefe’s basket off the steal. Wellesley attempted to answer during the final seconds, but a three-pointer by Courtney Pelley was just off the mark.

Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 paced the Engineers with 15 points and six assists. Cherelle R. Walls ’07 added 11 points, while Clara J. Yuan ’09 contributed nine. Karen A. Kinnaman ’06 recorded a team-high nine rebounds and three steals along with seven points.

Adasi led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and collected nine boards and three steals. Doeberl posted a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Weslander finished with 11 points and six assists.

MIT Women Defeat Lesley

The MIT women’s basketball team (5-10, 1-5) posted its second win in a row after defeating Lesley University 63-43 in the first meeting between the squads on Thursday night.

The scoring began with a lay-up from Karen A. Kinnaman ’06 four seconds into the game. The teams traded baskets, resulting in a 4-4 tie at 18:12, but a lay-up by Clara J. Yuan ’09 on the ensuing possession sparked a 9-2 run over four minutes and gave the Engineers (5-10) the lead for good.

Lesley responded, cutting the deficit to two (19-17) on a lay-up by Lisa Pina with 8:48. A pair of free throws by Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 and an additional shot from the charity stripe by Christa M. Margossian ’07 gave Tech some breathing room.

The Lynx (6-9, 4-5) responded when Kristin King assisted Christine Buchanan for a lay-up at the 7:20 mark, but that basket was Lesley’s last of the half. MIT tallied 12 unanswered points and entered halftime with a 34-19 advantage.

The Engineers continued to cruise in the second half, extending their lead to as many as 22 points (51-29) with 8:49 left to play. A pair of treys from Anya Vines coupled with baskets from Christine Buchanan, Christina DiGiorgio, and Courtnie Leakeas helped narrow the margin to 15 in a span of less than five minutes, but it was not enough. MIT outscored the Lynx 7-2 to close the game.

Kinnaman led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the floor, hitting both of her three-point attempts, and 4-of-5 from the line. She also finished with a game-high nine rebounds and four steals. Leakeas and Vines each scored 12 points for the Lynx.

Yuan contributed 12 points and a game-high five steals to MIT, while Margossian had a strong defensive outing, collecting six rebounds and a block.

Buchanan led Lesley’s rebound corps with six boards to go along with eight points.