- Score: MIT 71, Emerson College 48
- Records: MIT (4-2, 3-0 NEWMAC); Emerson (2-6, 0-3 NEWMAC)
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym)
- The Lead: A balanced scoring performance helped propel the MIT women's basketball team to a 71-46 victory over NEWMAC foe Emerson College on Wednesday night. Freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) generated a game-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A layup by junior Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) gave MIT a 10-3 lead at the 4:21 mark of the first quarter. Emerson narrowed the gap to one during the next minute; however, a layup from junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) sparked a 15-0 run that was capped by classmate Dolly Yuan's (San Jose, Calif.) three-pointer 46 seconds into the second quarter.
- The Engineers maintained their comfortable cushion throughout the second stanza, entering halftime with a 46-24 advantage.
- The third quarter was a defensive battle that saw the Lions outscore MIT, 11-7.
- Despite the deficit Emerson continued to attack, closing the gap to 13 on two occasions, the last at 59-46 with 5:23 left to play. A layup by Yuan during the Engineers' ensuing possession thwarted the comeback attempt as MIT ended the game with a 12-2 run.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Yuan finished with 13 points and six assists as V'Dovec registered 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) tallied 10 points, three assists, and two steals while freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) chipped in 10 points.
- The Lions had a slight edge in rebounds (39-37) but the visitors recorded advantages in shooting percentage (46.2 – 34.5), points off turnovers (21-5), and points in the paint (42-20).
- MIT returns to non-conference action on Tuesday, Dec. 12 when it hosts Framingham State University at 7:00 p.m.