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MIT Wins Semis on Seven Treys by Yuan, Falls in Finals 62-49

By Mindy Brauer

Behind an Institute-record seven three-pointers by Clara J. Yuan ’09, MIT powered to a 72-35 victory over Eastern Nazarene College in the opening game of the MIT women’s basketball Tip-Off Tournament on Friday.

MIT (1-0) tallied eight unanswered points during the first four minutes before Rebecca Welch put Eastern Nazarene on the board with a trey. It was a close as it would get for the Crusaders as the Engineers outscored them, 32-8, for a 40-11 lead at the intermission.

The Engineers continued to cruise in the second stanza as they extended their advantage to 39 points (56-17) with 13:12 left to play. At the 5:44 mark, Yuan connected on her seventh three-pointer of the night, breaking the MIT record for three-pointers in a career with 63. The sophomore guard, who entered the season with a total of 56 buckets from behind the arc, finished the night with 25 points.

Christa M. Margossian ’07 collected a game-high 21 rebounds and added 17 points on 11 of 13, shooting from the charity stripe. Sharon M. Prange ’07 and Michal A. Ruchelsman ’07 each posted eight boards while Prange contributed 14 points. Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 dished out a game-high nine assists for the Engineers.

Jessica Schoppee paced the Crusaders with 11 points while Rebecca Welch contributed nine points and six steals. Cristina Winchester grabbed a team-high nine caroms as Nicole Culbert totaled eight boards, including six off the offensive glass.

Championship Loss to Stevens

MIT fell to Stevens Institute of Technology, 62-49, in the championship game of the MIT women’s basketball Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

Stevens (2-0) opened the championship game with eight unanswered points to take the lead for good. MIT (1-1) was able to narrow the margin to three on two occasions, the last time occurring on Margossian’s three-point play (17-14) with 8:28 remaining in the first half. The Ducks were able to maintain their narrow margin as they entered the intermission with a 28-21 advantage.

Stevens carried the momentum into the second half, eventually establishing a 60-38 lead with 4:34 left to play. Behind a pair of three-pointers and free throws from Alice S. Yeh ’09, MIT (1-1) closed the game with an 11-2 run during the final three minutes to make the final score 62-49.

With 10 assists, Soo Hoo tied the MIT record for assists in a game for the second time in her career. She previously equaled the Institute mark in last year’s MIT Tip-Off Tournament against St. Joseph’s College of Maine.

Margossian recorded her second consecutive double-double with a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading to an all-tournament team selection. In eight minutes of action off the bench, Yeh tallied 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from behind the arc and a pair of shots from the charity stripe.

Steven’s Dora Enright, the tournament MVP, posted her second double-double of the weekend as she led all scorers with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor and added 12 rebounds.