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Women's Basketball Holds Off MIT, Wins 46-44

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Tara Berger and Caleigh Ryan each recorded a double-double to help lead the Wesleyan University women's basketball team to a 46-44 win over MIT on Tuesday night.

Trailing by two with one second left, MIT's Kara Holinski caught an inbounds pass and quickly got off the potential game-winner just inside the 3-point line, but her shot hit the rim and bounced out as Wesleyan avoided overtime and held on for the win. The Cardinals are now 12-8 overall, while the Engineers dropped to 14-6.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinals scored the first points of the game as Ryan hit a pair of free throws, but MIT responded with a 7-0 run capped off by a three from Holinski.
  • Wesleyan responded with a run of its own, however, and outscored the Engineers 12-2 over the next six minutes
  • Christina Antonakaki hit a 3-pointer at the 0:44 mark to end the run as the Cardinals led 14-12 after the first.
  • It was a defensive battle in the second quarter as the game went back-and-forth, with neither team able to pull away.
  • With 2:16 remaining, Berger hit a layup to even the score at 22-22. It proved to be the final point of the half.
  • The two teams combined for just four total points in the final 4:38 of the second quarter.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The offensive struggles continued for both teams early in the third quarter as Wesleyan hit its first field goal at the 5:35 mark to cut the deficit to one, 27-26.
  • After some more back-and-forth action, a 3-pointer by Olivia Gorman put the home team ahead 36-32 with 2:38 to play in the quarter.
  • Gorman extended the lead to five shortly after with another jumper, but MIT closed out the third with four unanswered to trail 38-37 entering the fourth.
  • The visitor's run carried over into the next quarter as a layup by Antonakaki capped off a 9-0 stretch to give the Engineers a 42-38 lead with 6:50 remaining.
  • Ryan hit one from deep shortly after to snap the run and Berger put the home team back on top at the 2:46 mark with a pair of free throws as they led, 45-44.
  • Wesleyan's defense held MIT scoreless for the final 5:27 of the game as they held on for the impressive non-conference victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Berger led all players with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while also blocking five shots, and Ryan finished with 11 points and 15 boards. Emma Roush led all players with three assists and Marina Petruzzi led the Cardinals' bench with nine points.
  • Antonakakis was the lone player in double-figures for MIT as she scored 11 points in 33 minutes coming off the bench. Kylie Gallagher dropped seven, and four players scored six each. Jocelyn Luizzi recorded a team-high nine rebounds and Dolly Yuan added seven.
  • Tuesday night's game featured 10 ties and nine lead changes. Wesleyan held a commanding 53-26 edge in rebounding.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to NESCAC action this weekend and will play at in-state rival Trinity. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.