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Wesleyan Wins on the Road Against MIT, 65-60

Photo by Steve McLaughlin Photography
Photo by Steve McLaughlin Photography

-- Recap courtesy of MIT Athletic Communications --

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A trio of free throws during the final 11 seconds of regulation helped Wesleyan University secure a 65-60 victory over MIT in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night.

Marina Petruzzi powered the Cardinals with a game-high 18 points and Caleigh Ryan finished two assists shy of a triple-double. Kylie Gallagher paced the Engineers with 16 points while grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. 

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • MIT gradually built a 14-6 lead in the opening quarter.
  • A layup by Heidi Scarth at the 3:44 mark ended a four-minute scoring drought for Wesleyan and set off an exchange of baskets, as a put-back by Emma Roush made the score 18-12 at the end of the frame.
  • The Cardinals opened the second stanza with a 9-2 run as Scarth's jumper put the visitors in front, 21-20, with 3:21 on the clock.
  • A put-back by Alexis Groark was followed by three lead changes and two ties, resulting in a 26-26 halftime score.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The back-and-forth play continued in the third quarter as Gallagher's three-point play gave the Engineers a 31-30 edge at the 6:20 mark.
  • Wesleyan quickly replied with a layup from Katy O'Connor, sparking an 11-5 run during the next 3:21.
  • MIT countered with a three-pointer from Christina Antonakakis and two free throws by Gallagher, knotting the game at 41 with 1:27 on the clock. The Cardinals then put together a 6-2 burst to close out the quarter.
  • Wesleyan's cushion grew to 52-45 after three minutes elapsed in the final frame.
  • Another Antonakakis trey along with a layup from Gallagher brought the Engineers within 52-50 at the 5:17 mark. However, a steal and a fastbreak layup by Petruzzi ignited a string of eight unanswered points.
  • MIT chipped away at the deficit as two Gallagher free throws with 12 ticks left narrowed the gap to 62-60. Maddie Clark gave the Cardinals some breathing courtesy of two free throws, and after a missed layup by the Engineers, O'Connor secured the victory by draining the first of two shots at the charity stripe with two seconds to go.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Ryan tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals while Clark also had a 10-point performance. Ava Tompkins rounded out Wesleyan with 11 rebounds and six assists.
  • Antonakakis finished with 15 points while registering six assists and two steals. Cindy Si posted 12 points and two steals as Groark grabbed six rebounds.
  • Both teams generated 32 points in the paint as the Cardinals led the way in rebounds (49-40), points off turnovers (14-9), second-chance points (22-17), and bench scoring (17-6).
  • Wesleyan shot 37.1 percent (26-of-70) from the floor, 28.6 percent (6-of-21) from behind the arc, and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) at the charity stripe.
  • The Engineers shot 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the floor, 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from three-point range, and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action on Friday, January 31st as the Cardinals host Little Three rival and No. 8 Amherst at 7 p.m.