CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team fell to MIT 70-52 Thursday night in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest.
The loss drops the Lyons to 10-5 on the season and 3-3 in conference action. The Engineers move to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the NEWMAC.
Ruthie Zientek led the Lyons with 11 points, while senior Rebecca Arnone tallied 10 points, four rebounds and three steals. Kiley Shoemaker netted six points and pulled down a team-high nine boards. Emily Cuthbertson finished with five assists.
Kara Holinski led the Engineers with a game-high 16 points. Sabrina Drammis and Kristen Ngan both finished with 12 points, while Taylor V'Dovec had 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Oppie Morris got the scoring started with a three-pointer at the 6:51 mark in the first quarter. MIT responded with a Ngan layup which sparked a 10-1 run that helped put the home team up 12-4 with seconds remaining in the quarter. With just nine seconds remaining Morris laid one in to end the Lyons scoring drought.
MIT opened the second half with a quick basket, but back-to-back Zientek free-throws narrowed the gap to 15-8. The Engineers pulled away moments later with a 22-4 run that spanned over eight minutes. MIT took a 39-14 advantage into the locker room.
Like the first quarter, Morris opened the third with a three-pointer. Trailing 45-19, the Lyons mounted an 18-8 run, trimming the deficit to 53-37. MIT responded with a few baskets of its own, taking a 57-40 lead into the fourth quarter.
Wheaton narrowed the gap to 67-52 early in the final quarter with the help of an Arnone three-pointer that started a 12-5 run. That would be as close as Wheaton would get to the hosts.
Wheaton returns to NEWMAC action on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. with a contest against Smith College in Emerson Gymnasium. The Lyons will also be hosting the Heller's Angels.