Women's Basketball Battles Wellesley for 49-32 Win

Kara Holinski
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- Score: MIT 49, Wellesley College 32

- Records: MIT (16-6, 10-3 NEWMAC); Wellesley (8-12, 5-9 NEWMAC)

- Location: Wellesley, Mass. (Towne Fieldhouse)

- The Lead: Key runs during the second and fourth quarters helped the regionally-ranked No. 9 MIT women's basketball team defeat Wellesley College, 49-32, in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Senior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) paced the Engineers with 13 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks.


- A jumper by first-year Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) gave MIT an 11-10 edge with 1:23 left in the opening frame. The score remained unchanged until Wellesley drained a free throw at the 6:28 mark of the second quarter. The Engineers quickly responded with a layup by sophomore Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.), sparking a string of 12 unanswered points during the next four minutes, establishing 23-11 advantage. The Blue ended its scoring drought with 1:26 on the clock but senior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) knocked down a three-pointer with 32 seconds remaining, giving MIT a 26-13 cushion at halftime.

- The tight play returned in the third quarter as both teams combined for 18 points. A layup by Holinski increased the Engineers' lead to 30-15 with 7:49 on the clock. Wellesley chipped away at the deficit as a long jumper at the buzzer brought it within 33-24 heading into the final frame.

- A pair of layups by the Blue sandwiched a Yuan three-pointer, narrowing the gap to eight (36-28) after 1:24 elapsed in the fourth quarter. A defensive battle ensued until Luizzi made a layup at the 6:16 mark, however, another Wellesley layup once again brought it within eight (38-30) with 4:44 left to play. This was as close as it would get as a trey by Holinski during the Engineers' next possession `set off an 11-2 game-ending run.


- Luizzi finished with 10 points and eight rebounds as Antonakakis posted 10 points coming off the bench.

- Senior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) hauled in a game-high nine boards and generated two blocks while Yuan dished out five assists.

- MIT ended the night with advantages in rebounds (33-26), points off turnovers (18-9), second-chance points (8-2), and bench scoring (13-11). Wellesley, meanwhile, had the upper hand in points in the paint (16-10).


- MIT returns to Rockwell Cage on Saturday, Feb. 9 when it hosts NEWMAC rival Smith College at 2:00 p.m.


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