MIT Grinds Out 54-43 Win Over Emerson

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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 54, Emerson College 43

- Records: MIT (11-3, 5-1 NEWMAC); Emerson (8-6, 3-3 NEWMAC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)

- The Lead: A strong defensive performance that held Emerson College scoreless during the final five minutes of regulation helped MIT secure a 54-43 victory in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Thursday. Senior Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) paced the Engineers with a game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Ashley Toner led the way for the Lions with 13 points coming off the bench.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Tied at 11 entering the second quarter, the back-and-forth scoring continued until a free-throw by first-year Christina Antonakakis (Holmdel, N.J.) gave MIT a 16-13 edge at the 7:33 mark. Toner's three-pointer evened the score and set off a string of seven unanswered points. A trey and layup by sophomore Jocelyn Luizzi (Colchester, Conn.) put the Engineers ahead for good and sparked an 11-1 run. A three-pointer by senior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) with less than one second on the shot clock capped the burst, resulting in a 27-21 lead with 2:06 left. Emerson countered with a layup and two free throws by Sam Boyle to come within 27-25 at halftime.

- The third quarter was a defensive battled as both teams combined for 18 points. A free throw from sophomore Kylie Gallagher (Upton, Mass.) 1:12 into the frame created some breathing room, but a layup by Quinn Madden narrowed the gap to 28-27 with 6:31 on the clock. MIT gradually inched out to a 33-27 advantage four minutes later, however, an exchange of baskets followed, moving the score to 37-33 at the end of the quarter.

- The Lions stayed close early in the fourth quarter as Charlie Boyle's layup trimmed the deficit to 42-41 with 6:37 remaining. V'Dovec responded with a layup during the Engineers' next possession and then knocked down a jumper a minute later. Charlie Boyle quickly drained a layup midway through the frame, however, these would be the final points for Emerson as MIT ended the game with an 8-0 run.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- V'Dovec finished with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds while Luizzi tallied 12 points, six rebounds, a career-high four blocks, three assists, and three steals. Antonakakis chipped in seven points and six rebounds.

- Sam Boyle posted 11 points and four rebounds as Charlie Boyle notched eight points. Natalie Clydesdale grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, followed by Rachel Davey with six.

- MIT shot 38 percent (19-of-50) from the floor while Emerson ended the night with a field-goal percentage of 30.9 (17-of-55). The hosts were 12-of-16 from the free-throw line while the visitors converted seven of their eight attempts at the charity stripe. The Engineers generated advantages in rebounds (41-30), points off turnovers (10-6), and second-chance points (8-3) while the Lions had a 24-16 margin in points in the paint.

UP NEXT:

- Both teams continue NEWMAC play on Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m. MIT will travel to Springfield College while Emerson will host Mount Holyoke College.

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