- Score: MIT 63, Endicott College 54
- Records: MIT (3-7); Endicott (4-7)
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
- The Lead: MIT mounted an 11-3 game-ending run, fueled by a 7-of-7 performance at the free throw line, to help it secure a 63-54 victory over Endicott College in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday. Junior Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) tallied 16 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in 40 minutes of action for the Engineers while Kaleigh Putnam posted a game-high 18 points and dished out three assists for the Gulls.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT jumped out to a 10-2 lead after 3:10 expired before ending the quarter with a 15-10 edge.
- The Engineers opened the second stanza with a 9-2 run, capped by a layup from senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) at the 7:19 mark. During Endicott's ensuing possession Shannon Gilbert knocked down a three-pointer, igniting a 15-2 run which resulted in a 27-23 lead with 1:21 on the clock. A put-back by sophomore Anna Broski (Stillman Valley, Ill.) ended MIT's scoring drought and helped it enter halftime trailing 27-25.
- The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair as there were four ties and five lead changes. A jumper by junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) with 55 seconds left gave the Engineers a 39-37 edge heading into the final frame.
- After an exchange of baskets tied the score at 41, MIT put together a 9-3 spurt that was capped by sophomore Paula Pieper's (Greenville, S.C.) three-pointer with just under six minutes remaining. Putnam replied with a trey of her own, however, Pieper drained a layup to give the Engineers some breathing room. Putnam quickly countered with a jumper, narrowing the gap to 52-49 with 4:05 left to play. MIT responded with a put-back from Si, sparking its pivotal 11-3 run that secured the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Luizzi finished with 16 points, four rebounds, and two steals as sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) tallied 12 points, three assists, and three steals. Si generated eight points, five rebounds, and four assists while senior Alexis Groark (Elwood, N.Y.) collected a game-high nine rebounds to go along with two steals.
- Emily St. Thomas produced 13 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals as Mikaela Rogers contributed 10 points and four rebounds. Olivia Duncan paced the Gulls with seven rebounds.
- MIT finished the day with advantages in points in the paint (28-16), points off turnovers (18-16), second-chance points (13-5), and rebounds (38-32). The Engineers shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the floor, 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from three-point range, and 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free-throw line.
- Endicott had the upper hand in bench scoring (18-9). The Gulls shot 35 percent (21-of-60) from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from behind the arc, and 80 percent (4-of-5) from the charity stripe.
- Both teams return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 7. MIT will host SUNY Polytechnic Institute at 4:00 p.m. while Endicott will travel to Commonwealth Coast Conference foe Nichols College for a 7:00 p.m. tip off.