- Score: MIT 75, Mount Holyoke College 15
- Records: MIT (13-8, 9-5 NEWMAC); Mount Holyoke (0-21, 0-13 NEWMAC)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: A strong first quarter helped MIT defeat visiting Mount Holyoke College, 75-15, in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Thursday night. Freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) led all players with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and two steals for the Engineers. Leah Hodges paced the Lyons with six points while grabbing a steal and a rebound.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) recorded the first eight points of the game as a jumper by Hodges put Mount Holyoke on the board at the 7:45 mark. Two free throws and a layup by junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) coupled with a layup from classmate Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) quickly gave the Engineers a 14-2 lead. Zahkeyah Allen buried a jumper following a Lyons' timeout, however, they would not get any closer as a three-pointer by junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) ignited a 14-4 run that created a 28-8 advantage at the end of the quarter.
- After trading baskets to start the second stanza, MIT posted six straight points to increase its lead to 36-10 at the 6:07 mark. The score remained unchanged for the next three minutes until Kate Rawson sank a free throw, which was followed by Hodges' steal and layup. Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) hit a three-pointer on the Engineers' next trip down the court, setting off an 8-0 spurt that resulted in a 46-13 margin at halftime.
- The hosts went on to outscore Mount Holyoke, 29-2, during the final 20 minutes of action to record the comfortable victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Holinski finished with 12 points and five rebounds as senior Cathryn Hart (Charlestown, Mass.) grabbed a game-high 10 boards. Freshman Emma Kelley (Andover, Mass.) tallied eight points, six rebounds, and four steals while Yuan dished out seven assists followed by four from Gull.
- GraceAnne Woods posted four rebounds and a steal as Rawson also hauled in four boards for the visitors.
- MIT ended the night with advantages in field-goal percentage (47.5 – 17.1), rebounds (45-21), points in the paint (40-4), points off turnovers (28-2), second-chance points (21-2), and bench scoring (35-3).
- Both teams are in action on Saturday, Feb. 10. MIT will host local non-conference foe Simmons College at 12:00 p.m. while Mount Holyoke will visit NEWMAC rival Emerson College for a 1:00 p.m. tip off.