- Score: MIT 82, Bates College 52
- Records: MIT (8-2); Bates (2-7)
- Location: Salem, Mass. (Twohig Gymnasium)
- The Lead: A balanced attack that saw six players, including all five starters, reach double-digits in scoring powered MIT to an 82-52 victory over Bates College in the opener of the Salem State University Holiday Tournament on Thursday afternoon. Senior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) paced the Engineers with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) totaled 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists as classmate Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) registered 11 points, five assists, and two steals. Fellow sophomore Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) contributed 11 points coming off the bench while classmate Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) posted 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) rounded out MIT with 10 points, five boards, and three assists.
- The Engineers shot 49.3 from the floor while going 61.9 percent (13-21) from three-point range while Bates was 32.7 and 25.0 (3-12) respectively. MIT finished with advantages in points in the paint (32-24), points off turnovers (20-7), second chance points (15-12), and rebounds (38-37). The Bobcats, meanwhile, were 13-24 from the free throw line as compared to the Engineers who converted all three of their shots at the charity stripe.
- MIT's 13 three-pointers eclipsed the program's previous record of 12 that was set against Anna Maria College on November 22, 2005.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The early stages of the opening quarter was a back-and-forth affair as there were four lead changes and three ties. Knotted at nine with 3:02 on the clock, a layup from freshman Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) sparked a string of eight unanswered points that put MIT ahead for good. Bates, however, narrowed the gap to 17-11 courtesy of two free throws with three seconds left.
- Three-pointers by Gull and Holinski during the first minute of the second stanza resulted in the Engineers' first double-digit lead of the day. MIT maintained the comfortable cushion throughout the quarter and entered halftime with a 35-25 advantage.
- The Bobcats provided the first basket of the third quarter but the Engineers replied with a 19-7 run to put the game out of reach.
- MIT continued to cruise in the final frame as Li's three-pointer resulted in its largest advantage (82-45) with 1:41 remaining.
- MIT will look to capture its second tournament title of the season when it takes on the host Salem State in the championship game at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30.