Fourth-Quarter Run Powers MIT to 73-61 Win Over Coast Guard

An action photo of Christina Antonakakis, facing the right, passing the ball
Photo by Robert Krawitz

THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 73, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 61

- Records: MIT (10-10, 4-2 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (14-8, 3-4 NEWMAC)

- Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)

- The Lead: Eight unanswered points in the fourth quarter created a double-digit cushion that would hold as MIT defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 73-61, in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Saturday. Sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) led all players with 30 points, tying her career-high which she first achieved almost exactly a month ago against Suffolk University.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Trailing 6-5, a three-pointer by junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) sparked a 17-6 run that spanned 4:31 in the opening quarter.

- Coast Guard closed the gap to five points on two occasions early in the second stanza, the last at 26-21 with 7:27 on the clock. The Engineers responded with an Antonakakis three-pointer during their next possession, kicking off a 10-3 burst which was capped by her layup at the 2:34 mark. The Bears then knocked down a pair of jumpers, making the score 36-28 at halftime.

- Coast Guard continued to chip away at the deficit in the third quarter as it came within 40-37 after almost three minutes elapsed. MIT replied by outscoring the Bears, 11-6, to close out the quarter.

- The start of the fourth frame saw an exchange of baskets as a Coast Guard trey moved the score to 54-48 following 47 seconds of action. Antonakakis countered with a three-pointer of her own, setting off the Engineers' pivotal 8-0 run which gave them a double-digit lead it would not relinquish.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Luizzi finished with 17 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks while senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) chipped in nine points. Junior Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) produced eight rebounds and three blocks as sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) tallied six rebounds, five steals, and three assists. Sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) rounded out the Engineers with seven points and six boards.

- MIT had a 40-36 edge in rebounds while Coast Guard had the upper hand in bench scoring (8-5), second-chance points (16-5), points in the paint (24-22), and fastbreak points (11-8). Both teams recorded 16 points off turnovers.

- The Engineers shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63) from the floor, 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from three-point range, and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.

- The Bears shot 36.2 percent (25-of-69) from the floor, 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from behind the arc, and 60 percent (3-of-5) from the charity stripe.

UP NEXT:

- MIT concludes its NEWMAC road trip on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when it travels to Emerson College for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

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