- Score: Roger Williams University 60, MIT 55
- Records: MIT (0-3); Roger Williams (2-1)
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium)
- The Lead: Junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) generated a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds along with a game-high three blocks, but it would not be enough as Roger Williams University came from behind to defeat the MIT women's basketball team, 60-55, in the final game of the Tufts University Invitational on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Tied at six, a layup by Roger Williams kicked off a 12-5 run which spanned the final 7:32 of the first quarter. MIT responded by outscoring the Hawks, 16-2, in the second stanza and entered halftime with a 27-20 lead.
- A free throw by Luizzi coupled with a layup from sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) increased the Engineers' advantage to 10 early in the third quarter. MIT maintained the small cushion throughout the frame as a layup by sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) with 15 seconds left gave the Engineers a 41-32 lead.
- Roger Williams opened the fourth quarter with nine unanswered points, fueling a 19-5 run that resulted in a 51-46 edge with 3:31 remaining. Two free throws by sophomore Anna Broski (Stillman Valley, Ill.) cut MIT's deficit in half but the Hawks countered with a three-pointer and a layup, moving the score to 56-48 with 2:20 to go. The Engineers battled back as Luizzi's layup brought them within three (58-55) with 24 seconds left. Roger Williams went 2-of-4 at the charity stripe down the stretch to secure the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Antonakakis posted 12 points as sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) tallied 11 rebounds, eight points, and two steals. Pieper finished with eight points, four assists, and two steals.
- Roger Williams ended the day with advantages in field-goal percentage (37.5 – 35.7), three-point shooting (7-of-18 to 3-of-18), rebounds (44-32), second-chance points (8-5), and points in the paint (30-22). MIT had an edge in free throws (12-of-15 to 5-of-9) and points off turnovers (15-10).
- MIT continues its road trip on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when it travels to Nichols College for a 7:00 p.m. tip off.