- Score: MIT 72, Simmons College 35
- Records: MIT (14-8); Simmons (2-18)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: MIT rattled off 17 unanswered points during the first five minutes of the third quarter to help it pull away and defeat Simmons College, 72-35, in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday. Freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) led all players with 16 points and eight rebounds while grabbing two steals for the Engineers. Presley Silva paced the Sharks with 10 points, including an 8-of-10 performance from the free throw line, in addition to posting a team-high five rebounds and a game-high three blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT jumped out to a 6-2 lead on junior Taylor V'Dovec's (Blaine, Wash.) three-pointer after three minutes expired. Carli Koffinke knocked down a trey of her own less than two minutes later to bring Simmons within one. On the Engineers' next trip down the court, Gallagher countered with a layup which led to six straight points and a 12-5 lead at the end of the quarter.
- After a back-and-forth start to the second stanza, the Sharks narrowed the gap to 24-15 on Francesca Corsinetti's three-pointer at the 5:31 mark. MIT responded with a 12-3 run that featured nine points by freshman Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) and established a 36-18 advantage at the intermission.
- The hosts carried the momentum into the third quarter as it opened the frame with 17 unanswered points. The remainder of the game was a balanced affair as the Engineers outscored Simmons, 19-17, during the final 15 minutes.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Luizzi finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and two assists while V'Dovec recorded 11 points, two assists, and two steals. Junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) produced seven points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals as freshman Emma Kelley (Andover, Mass.) hauled in five boards.
- Molly Phillips generated seven points and three rebounds while Corsinetti contributed five points. Lauren Brandau rounded out the Sharks with two assists and a steal.
- MIT ended the day with advantages in field-goal percentage (41.3 – 25.6), rebounds (43-27), points in the paint (38-12), points off turnovers (25-9), second-chance points (18-5), and bench scoring (26-12).
- Both teams resume conference play next week. Simmons will host GNAC foe University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. MIT, meanwhile, continues NEWMAC play the following day when it travels to Babson College for a 7:00 p.m. tip off.