Buckley Forces OT But MIT Engineers Overtime Victory Over Women’s Basketball

Meg Donovan

Cambridge, MA --- Junior Kara Holinski (Livonia, MI) scored nine of MIT's 14 points in overtime as the host Engineers defeated WPI, 66-55, in a key NEWMAC Women's Basketball matchup Saturday in Rockwell Cage.

The hosts improve to 10-5 on the year and 6-2 in conference games as the visiting Engineers (12-4, 5-2) five-game winning-streak comes to a halt.

The first half was even with each team scoring 10 in the first and 11 in the second. The Crimson and Gray won the third 12-8; however, Cambridge's Engineers won the fourth 23-19.

With 1:56 left in regulation, freshman Kylie Gallagher (Upton, MA) gave the hosts the 46-45 lead with a 3-pointer. Freshman Meg Donovan (Abington, MA) answered for WPI with a triple 20 seconds later. Holinski grabbed the lead back with a long-range basket with 1:15 to go. Senior Madison Beck (Syracuse, NY) swung the lead back to the Boynton Hillers with a jumper with 52 seconds remaining. Junior Dolly Yuan (San Jose, CA) put the Cardinal and Gray up 52-50 with a 3-pointer with about 35 seconds on the clock. Senior Maura Buckley (Melrose, MA) sank a layup with .8 seconds left to force overtime.

MIT scored nine points before WPI got on the board in the extra frame thanks to a 3-pointer by Donovan. Holinski began the spurt with a triple and ended the game with the final three freebies.

Yuan led the hosts with 20 points followed by Holinski with 17, junior Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, WA) with 15 and Gallagher with 10. V'Dovec led with nine rebounds and five assists to go with three steals. Holinski came down with eight caroms and Yuan chipped in with three swipes.

Senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) paced WPI with 16 points, including eight in the third, and 11 rebounds, as well as five assists, three steals and a block. Beck added a dozen points and Buckley finished with 10 boards and four helpers.

The Crimson and Gray shot 33.3 percent while MIT shot 45.8, the second highest percentage allowed by WPI this season. The Boynton Hillers led in second chance points (14-7), points in the paint (28-20), bench points (16-0) and fastbreak points (2-0). Each team netted nine off turnovers.