Emmanuel Holds Off Women's Basketball, 64-59

An action photo of Alexis Groark facing forward, holding the basketball over her head
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: Emmanuel College 64, MIT 59

- Records: MIT (1-7); Emmanuel (5-3)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: A seven-point run during the third quarter gave Emmanuel College a lead it would not relinquish before holding on to defeat MIT, 64-59, in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. For the second game in a row, sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holdmel, N.J.) paced the Engineers with 15 points while adding three assists. Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda powered the Saints with a game-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) knocked down a three-pointer and a jumper to open the game as MIT stayed in front throughout the first quarter, holding a 22-20 edge after the first 10 minutes.

- The Engineers generated a 9-3 run to start the second stanza as two free throws by sophomore Anna Broski (Stillman Valley, Ill.) moved the score to 31-23 at the 6:10 mark. A pair of three-pointers by Korie Mathis brought Emmanuel within two (31-29) with 1:04 on the clock. MIT responded with a layup by junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.), which was quickly matched by Ramirez-Tejeda, making the score 33-31 at halftime.

- The first half of the third quarter was closely played as the Saints tied the game twice, the second time on a free throw by Ramirez-Tejeda. A jumper by Antonakakis gave the Engineers a 40-38 edge, however, a basket by Loredana D'Agostino sparked Emmanuel's pivotal seven-point burst, giving it a 45-40 lead with just under three minutes remaining. MIT stayed within striking distance as an Antonakakis free throw brought it within 47-46 with 18 seconds remaining. The Saints replied with a Ramirez-Tejeda jumper right before time expired.

- Emmanuel carried the momentum into the final frame, increasing its cushion to eight (54-46) courtesy of a Taylor Gillis three-pointer and a Jamad Fiin layup. The Engineers battled back, closing the gap to three on two occasions, the last at 62-59 on sophomore Paula Pieper's (Greenville, S.C.) trey with 2:29 left. D'Agostino gave the Saints some breathing room courtesy of two free throws exactly 20 seconds later. MIT had several chances to trim its deficit down the stretch, however, it could not capitalize on its opportunities.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) led all players with a career-high 13 rebounds and three steals while sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) produced 10 points and 10 rebounds.

- Pieper finished with 13 points as Luizzi chipped in nine of her own. Si tallied seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

- D'Agostino generated 13 points, seven boards, and two blocks while Gillis posted nine points.

- Kayla Weaver notched eight points and six steals as Riley Lahiff had six rebounds and four assists.

- MIT ended the day with a field goal percentage of 33.9 (21-of-62), shot 6-of-24 from three-point range and 11-of-16 at the free throw line. The Engineers had the upper hand in rebounds (45-38) and second-chance points (16-14).

- Emmanuel was 33.7 percent from the floor (23-of-61), 7-of-19 from behind the arc, and 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. The Saints had the advantage in points in the paint (24-8), points off turnovers (18-17), and bench scoring (23-5).

UP NEXT:

- Both teams will be at home for their next outings. MIT will host Framingham State University on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. while Emmanuel will return to the court a day earlier when it plays Rhode Island College, also at 7:00 p.m.

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