CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 61-54 victory over Coast Guard in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
With the loss the Bears fall to 3-13 on the season and 1-7 in conference play. The Engineers earn their 14th win of the season (14-3) and took over second place in the NEWMAC at 8-1.
Coast Guard was led by junior Gill Gerton who had her fourth double double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Laura Irish had a team high 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Freshman Breanna Wood scored nine points with nine boards and sophomore Micaela Martinelli scored nine points with six rebounds.
Sophomore Dolly Yuan had a game high 15 points shooting 6-9 overall and 2-3 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Kara Holinski scored 14 points with four rebounds and three assists. Freshman Cindy Si was the third MIT player in double digits with 12 points.
For the second time this season against the Engineers the Bears jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter. Coast Guard started the game on a 14-2 run after freshman Zoe Riis-Fallica found Irish for a jumper with 4:09 left in the first quarter.
The Engineers closed within two in the same quarter with a 10-0 run finished off with a layup from Si making the score 14-12 at the 2:15 mark.
The Bears finished the quarter pushing the lead back to eight at 20-12 after a Gerton jumper ended the scoring with 41 seconds left in the period.
MIT controlled the second half outscoring Coast Guard 23-10 pulling ahead of the Bears and taking a halftime lead at 35-30.
In a defensive third quarter Coast Guard closed within one after holding the Engineers to seven and scoring 11. Martinelli dropped in a layup with two second left in the period making the score 42-41, MIT.
In the fourth quarter the Bears took their first lead since the second quarter as Riis-Fallica drained a jump shot and then Irish finished off a three point play, knocking down a free throw making the score 48-44 with 7:08 left in the game.
The Engineers however finished off the game on a 13-6 run taking the season series from Coast Guard with a 61-54 victory.
The Bears were 21-51 (41.2%) from the floor and shot 33.3% (2-6) from beyond the arc. Coast Guard held a small advantage in rebounds (38-33) and bench points (13-12).
MIT shot 38.1% (24-63) overall and were 6-9 (66.7%) from three. The Engineers took advantage of 25 turnovers by the Bears turning them into 24 points.
Bears are back in action Monday, January 23, when they host arch rival Merchant Marine in a non-conference match up. Opening tip is 7:00 pm.