Big Second Quarter Propels Women’s Basketball to 93-51 Win Over Nichols

Annika Sougstad facing forward, playing defense
Photo by Robert Krawitz


- 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.


- 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.


- Senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists as sophomore Anna Broski (Stillman Valley, Ill.) notched a career-high 14 points.

- 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.


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