Women’s Basketball Falls to UMass Dartmouth, 87-86, in Overtime

A photo of Christina Antonakakis facing forwards dribbling a basketball with her right hand
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: UMass Dartmouth 87, MIT 86 (OT)

- Records: MIT (0-1); UMass Dartmouth (1-0)

- Location: Dartmouth, Mass. (Tripp Athletic Center)

- The Lead: In its opening game of the 2019-20 season, the MIT women's basketball team fell to UMass Dartmouth, 87-86, in overtime on Friday night. The Engineers saw four players reach double-digits in scoring, led by sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.), who tied her career-high with 22 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- UMass Dartmouth held a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

- MIT opened the second quarter with a 9-3 run during the first 2:09, but the Corsairs generated seven straight points to go ahead, 26-21, with 3:04 left. The Engineers responded with a three-point play from sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.), which sparked another string of seven unanswered points and gave them a 28-26 edge at halftime.

- MIT carried the momentum into the third quarter and eventually built a 53-42 advantage at the end of the frame.

- UMass Dartmouth chipped away at the deficit, tying the score at 60 with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Antonakakis drained four free throws and a three-pointer during the next 90 seconds, giving the Engineers some breathing room. Despite the deficit, the Corsairs continued to attack, coming within 70-68 with 45 seconds left.

- Junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) sank two free throws, which were matched by UMass Dartmouth six seconds later. Luizzi hit two more free throws with 34 seconds on the clock, and after a missed three-pointer by the Corsairs, she drained the first of two shots at the charity stripe, making the score 75-70 with 25 seconds to go.

- UMass Dartmouth quickly made a layup, and following an MIT turnover, the hosts knocked down a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining. After turnovers by both teams, a shot by Antonakakis from just inside of half court hit the front of the rim.

- In the extra session, the Corsairs inched out to an 83-79 lead after 2:45 elapsed. Layups by Antonakakis and sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) evened the score, but UMass Dartmouth hit a jump shot with 29 seconds left. On the Engineers' ensuing possession, Antonakakis converted a three-point play, giving them an 86-85 edge with 22 seconds remaining. The Corsairs reclaimed the lead by hitting two free throws with six ticks to go. MIT raced down the court, but Sougstad's jumper at the buzzer was off the mark.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Luizzi hauled in a career and game-high 14 rebounds to go along with 13 points.

- Junior Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds as senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) posted 15 points.

- Sougstad tallied a career-high nine rebounds and four steals in addition to recording nine points.

- Pieper dished out a career and team-high six assists.

- MIT ended the night with advantages in field-goal percentage (42.7 – 39.5), three-point field goal percentage (27.3 – 26.9), rebounds (56-36), second-chance points (11-5), and bench scoring (11-9). UMass Dartmouth had the edge in free throws (20-of-28 to 16-of-25) and points off turnovers (22-14).

- This was the first meeting between both teams since the 2005-06 season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action on Friday, Nov. 15 when it faces SUNY Paltz at 5:30 p.m. in the Tufts University Invitational.

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