Women’s Basketball Falls to New Paltz, 76-56, in Tufts Invitational Opener

A photo of Paula Pieper running down the court and dribbling a basketball with her left hand
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: SUNY New Paltz 76, MIT 56

- Records: MIT (0-2); New Paltz (2-0)

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium)

- The Lead: The MIT women's basketball team fell to SUNY New Paltz, 76-56, in the opening game of the Tufts University Invitational held at UMass Boston on Friday night. Sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) paced the Engineers with a career-high 13 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In an evenly played first quarter, a layup by sophomore Anna Broski (Stillman Valley, Ill.) with just over a minute left brought MIT within 18-15.

- New Paltz gradually increased its cushion to 23-15 during the first three minutes of the second quarter. The Engineers replied with three Pieper free throws and a Broski layup to narrow the gap to three at the 4:34 mark. The Hawks sank two free throws, however, a layup from first-year Trinty Gao (Sunnyvale, Calif.) kept MIT within three (25-22). New Paltz drained a three-pointer during its next possession, helping it slowly pull away with a 36-28 advantage at halftime.

- The Hawks carried the momentum into the third quarter as they outscored the Engineers, 24-7, increasing their margin to 60-35.

- Despite the deficit MIT continued to attack, ending the final frame with a 21-16 scoring advantage.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) posted nine points while sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) tallied seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

- Junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) chipped in seven points and four boards as sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) notched seven points and four assists.

- New Paltz ended the night with advantages in field goal percentage (40.6 – 36.7), three-point shooting (8-of-28 to 4-of-18), free throws (16-of-19 to 8-of-11), rebounds (43-14), points in the paint (32-24), and second-chance points (8-4).

- MIT had a 13-6 edge in bench scoring while both squads generated 14 points off turnovers.

- This was the first meeting in program history between both teams.

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes the Tufts University Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 16 when it faces Roger Williams University at 2:00 p.m. at UMass Boston.

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