- Score: MIT 80, Emerson College 49
- Records: MIT (11-10, 5-2 NEWMAC); Emerson (13-9, 4-4 NEWMAC)
- Location: Boston, Mass. (Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker Gym)
- The Lead: A 16-2 run during the second quarter created a comfortable cushion that would help the MIT women's basketball team defeat Emerson College, 80-49, in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. One of five players to reach double-digits in scoring, junior Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) totaled a game-high 16 points while grabbing a game-high six rebounds for the Engineers.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Trailing 6-5 with 5:47 on the clock, a three-point play by Luizzi over a minute later sparked an 11-0 run for MIT. Emerson knocked down a pair of baskets on back-to-back possessions, making the score 16-10 at the end of the quarter.
- A jumper by sophomore Paula Pieper (Greenville, S.C.) opened the scoring in second stanza after 1:49 elapsed. The Lions replied with back-to-back baskets, coming within 18-14 at the 7:12 mark. MIT countered with a three-pointer from senior Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas), sparking the pivotal 16-2 run that spanned 3:39, before entering halftime with a 39-22 advantage.
- Junior Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) registered a three-point play and a layup, setting off a string of 10 unanswered points for the Engineers during the first 2:22 of the third quarter. MIT would go on to outscore Emerson, 29-12, creating a 68-34 lead.
- The final frame was a balanced affair as the Lions had a 15-12 scoring edge.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Gallagher finished with 14 points, 10 of which came during the third quarter, and five rebounds as sophomore Annika Sougstad (Mahtomedi, Minn.) tallied 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Pieper notched 10 points while sophomore Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) registered 11 points and seven assists. Si rounded out the Engineers with nine points, four rebounds, and four assists.
- MIT had the upper hand in rebounds (38-26), points off turnovers (25-10), second-chance points (7-5), and points in the paint (34-24) while Emerson had a 20-19 edge in bench scoring.
- The Engineers shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the floor, 50 percent (11-of-22) from three-point range, and 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the free throw line.
- The Lions shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor, 16.7 percent (3-of-18) from behind the arc, and 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from the charity stripe.
- MIT will host NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m.