Cambridge, Mass. - MIT knocked down eight three-pointers in the first quarter and then generated a 17-9 run during the fourth quarter, helping propel it to an 80-69 victory over Framingham State University in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night. Sophomore Christina Antonakakis led all players with a career-high 26 points while dishing out six assists for the Engineers. Flannery O'Connor led the way for the Rams as she tallied 24 points, seven rebounds, and two steals.
- Score: MIT 80, Framingham State 69
- Records: MIT (2-7), Framingham State (7-2)
- Location: Rockwell Cage - Cambridge, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT drained its first eight three-point attempts of the game and built a 34-11 advantage over the course of the opening 7:38. Following six points by Framingham State, a jumper by Antonakakis at the buzzer gave the Engineers a 36-17 lead.
- The hosts generated a 13-6 run as two free throws by senior Alexis Groark gave MIT its largest margin at 26 points with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter.
- The Rams responded with 12 unanswered points, entering halftime trailing 49-35. O'Connor contributed four points as her layup sparked the run while Krysta Padellaro accounted for eight points, including a pair of three-pointers.
- Framingham State carried the momentum into the third quarter as a layup by Emily Velozo brought it within six (55-49) with just under three minutes left. A layup by sophomore Anna Broski followed by a steal and a fastbreak layup by classmate Paula Pieper ended the Engineers' scoring drought and reestablished their double-digit lead. However, the Rams put together a 7-2 burst as O'Connor knocked down a jumper right before time expired.
- Framingham State continued to attack, narrowing the gap to three on two occasions, the last at 63-60 on two O'Connor free throws with 7:10 remaining in the game. MIT replied with back-to-back jumpers from sophomore Annika Sougstad, igniting the pivotal 17-9 game-ending run for the Engineers.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Senior Cindy Si posted 16 points while Sougstad finished 10. Pieper tallied eight points, seven assists, and four steals as Groark collected a team-high eight rebounds.
- Velozo totaled 15 points while Mary Kate O'Day generated 12 points, a game-high 11 rebounds, and five assists. Padellaro chipped in 12 points as Liana Cunningham grabbed seven rebounds.
- MIT shot 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from field, including a 36.7 percent performance (11-of-30) from three-point range, and 76.5 percent (13-of-17) from the free throw line. The Engineers ended the night with advantages in points in the paint (28-22), points off turnovers (28-12), and fastbreak points (4-0).
- Framingham State shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from three-point range, and 77.8 (14-of-18) from the charity stripe. The Rams had the upper hand in rebounds (40-29), second-chance points (16-12), and bench scoring (18-11).
Both teams will be at home for their next outings. MIT will host Endicott College on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2:00 p.m. while Framingham State returns to the court on Thursday, Dec. 12 for a 7:00 p.m. game against Anna Maria College.
*Release courtesy of MIT sports information