Women...s Hoops Find Win With Maintained Lead & Quick Scoring
By Mindy Brauer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION
A 20-point run during a five-minute span in the second half helped propel MIT to a 73-55 victory over Anna Maria College in a non-conference women’s basketball game last Tuesday night.
Christa M. Margossian ’07 scored 18 points and grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds, marking the second time this season she totaled 20 boards for the Engineers (2-1).
MIT opened the game with seven unanswered points before a pair of free throws by Juliana Eagles put the Amcats (0-1) on the board 2:18 into the contest. Meghan DePatsy further cut the deficit to three (7-4) almost a minute later, but the Engineers responded with a 15-5 run that ended on Margossian’s lay-up with 6:40 on the clock and made the score 22-9.
Despite struggling on the floor, Anna Maria stayed within striking distance on strong free-throw shooting as it tallied 14 points from the charity stripe, leading to a 33-22 halftime score.
The Amcats found more success early in the second half as they narrowed the margin to six (37-31) at the 14:14 mark. Anna Maria maintained its offensive pressure, trailing 48-40 with 8:52 to go.
A minute later, Michal A. Ruchelsman ’07 hit a jumper that sparked the pivotal run that would seal the game in MIT’s favor.
Sharon M. Prange ’07 posted 15 points and nine rebounds and Clara J. Yuan ’09 scored 11 points for the Engineers. Samantha F. O’Keefe ’09 contributed 10 points coming off the bench.
Anna Maria’s Tina Oliveri led all scorers with 20 points while Meghan DePatsy notched 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams return to action today. MIT will host Wentworth Institute of Technology at 7:00 p.m. while Anna Maria will travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 5:30 p.m. start.