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Second Half Rally Lifts Engineers To Victory Over Albertus Magnus

By Mindy Brauer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SPORTS INFORMATION

Despite falling behind Albertus Magnus College (0-4) by seven early in the second half, MIT (3-3) went on a 21-6 run that propelled it to a 55-46 victory in non-conference women’s basketball action on Saturday.

The majority of the first half was a defensive battle as MIT held a 19-12 advantage with 3:25 left on the clock. Albertus Magnus went on a 10-1 run to close the frame, which was capped by a trey from Candace Young as time expired.

Krystal Bryant and Young scored the Falcons’ first seven points of the second half for a 29-22 edge after 2:30 had elapsed.

The Engineers outscored Albertus Magnus, 11-3, during the next four minutes to get ahead, 33-32. Missy Lumas gave the Falcons what proved to be their last lead by sinking a three-pointer on their next possession at 13:02.

MIT responded with a ten point run while holding Albertus Magnus scoreless for the next five minutes. Lumas ended the drought by converting three shots from the charity stripe, cutting the Falcons’ deficit to five (43-38).

A lay-up from Clara J. Yuan ’09 followed by a pair of put-backs from Samantha F. O’Keefe ’09 gave the Engineers their largest lead of the game (49-40). Baskets by Noelle Leonelli and Young with 4:22 to go were the last field goals for the Falcons until Bryant drained a jumper with 57 seconds remaining. MIT converted all six of its free-throw attempts to set up the final score.

Yuan led the Engineers with 16 points while Sharon M. Prange ’07 totaled 10 points and eight rebounds. Christa M. Margossian ’07 grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Kimberly E. Soo Hoo ’08 distributed five assists. Michal A. Ruchelsman ’07 posted eight points and seven boards coming off the bench.

Young led all-scorers with 17 points and recorded six rebounds and four assists. Lumas and Bryant both totaled 11 points as Lumas collected a team-high eight rebounds for the Falcons.

Both teams will continue non-conference play on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 5. MIT will travel to Emmanuel College while Albertus Magnus will head to Trinity College.