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Women...s Basketball Falls to WPI Despite Career-High 21 for Yuan

By Mindy Brauer

The MIT women’s basketball team ended its three-game home winning streak Tuesday when NEWMAC foe Worcester Polytechnic Institute posted a 66-50 victory.

WPI built a 7-0 lead in the first few minutes, but a three-pointer by Clara J. Yuan ’09 and pair of free throws from Christa M. Margossian ’07 narrowed the gap to two. Tiffany Madsen and Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 traded baskets, but WPI then scored 15 unanswered points over the course of five minutes, resulting in a 24-7 advantage. Margossian ended the scoring drought with a put-back at 9:20 while MIT defense held WPI scoreless for nearly three minutes. At halftime, MIT had reduced the deficit to 12 points (33-21).

A free throw by Samantha F. O’Keefe ’09 and trey by Yuan brought MIT within 8 at the 17:22 mark of the second half, but Caitlin Macko returned WPI advantage to double-digits on a three-pointer one minute later, for WPI’s first basket of the period.

Yuan neutralized Macko’s trey with a three-point play, helping to keep the deficit at 11, however Karen Krasko countered with a three-point play of her own and sparked a 10-3 run, opening up WPI’s largest lead of the night (52-31) with 9:12 left to play. MIT never drew closer than 14, and WPI cruised to a win.

Yuan led all scorers with 21 points and four steals as MIT dropped to 6-13 overall, 2-8 NEWMAC. Macko paced WPI (13-8, 7-3 NEWMAC) with 13 points and four assists.

With three assists, Soo Hoo became the fifth all-time MIT player to tally 100 in a season, and the first since the 2000-2001 season. She finished the night with 9 points, and Margossian collected a team-high 5 rebounds and also contributed 9 points.

Emily Allietta and Krasko each scored 12 points for WPI; Allietta shot 4 of 8 from three-point range while Krasko was perfect from the floor and sank both of her free throws. Madsen grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for WPI.

This Thursday at 7, MIT hosts Rivier College.