- Score: MIT 93, Nichols College 51
- Records: MIT (1-3); Nichols (1-3)
- Location: Dudley, Mass. (Nichols Athletic Center)
- The Lead: The MIT women's basketball team outscored Nichols College, 28-6, in the second quarter en route to a 93-51 victory on Wednesday night. Six Engineers reached double-digits in scoring, led by sophomore Annika Sougstad's (Mahtomedi, Minn.) first double-double with a career and game-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five steals, and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT inched out to a 16-9 lead following two free throws from junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) at the 4:21 mark. Nichols chipped away at the deficit as a layup brought it within 23-21 with 36 seconds left. First-year Trinity Gao (Sunnyvale, Calif.) replied with a three-pointer exactly 19 seconds later, giving the Engineers some breathing room at the end of the frame.
- MIT carried the momentum into the second stanza as it opened the quarter with 19 unanswered points, fueling its 28-6 run and a 54-27 advantage at halftime.
- The Engineers continued to control the action in the third quarter as their lead grew to 79-44.
- MIT outscored the Bison, 14-7, in the final frame, ending the game with its largest lead of the night at 93-51.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Luizzi totaled 13 points, six rebounds, and three blocks while sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) produced 12 points, a career and game-high seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds. Gao rounded out the Engineers with 10 points and three steals.
- MIT ended the night with advantages in field goal percentage (45.7 – 33.9), three-point shooting (13-of-28 to 3-of-12), free throws (16-of-22 to 10-of-16), bench scoring (28-14), fast break points (16-10), points off turnovers (31-13), points in the paint (34-30), and second-chance points (11-5). Both teams collected 41 rebounds.
- This was the first meeting between both programs since the 1994-95 season. In addition, this was the eighth time in program history the Engineers have scored at least 90 points.
- MIT concludes its road trip on Saturday, Nov. 23 when it visits Colby College for a 1:00 p.m. start.