Women’s basketball wins 64-32 over Fisher College

Engineers get 24 points off the bench, and defense allows lowest point total in ten years

Freshman Tamara R. Pena’s 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals helped power the MIT women’s basketball team to a 64-32 victory over non-conference foe Fisher College on Saturday afternoon. Winners of three straight games, the Engineers (3-2) surrendered the program’s fewest points in a game since the 2000-2001 season and saw their percentage of bench scoring during the streak move to 43 percent.

In the beginning of the game, baskets by Anna L. Merrifield ’13 and Pena gave MIT a slim lead of 4-3. Following almost two minutes of scoreless play, a put-back and free throw from Lauren S. Burton ’13 ignited a 26-5 run which resulted in a 30-10 advantage for the Engineers.

MIT maintained its comfortable margin as its lead eventually grew to 35 points (55-20) with 8:48 left to play. The Engineers closed their scoring with seven points.

Merrifield posted 11 points, including a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line, to go along with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block. Coming off the bench, Rachel A. Hunt ’14 recorded 11 points, five boards, and two blocks while Kristen E. Whaley ’11 grabbed 10 rebounds. Burton tallied seven boards, five points, and five assists and Marissa A. Good ’12, Rebecca Odim ’13, and Sydney B. Beasley ’14 each scored seven points.

MIT kicks off New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.