Score: No. 4 MIT 76, No. 5 Emerson 58
Records: No. 5 Emerson Lions (17-9, 11-6 NEWMAC) ; No. 4 MIT Engineers (19-7, 13-4 NEWMAC)
Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Rockwell Cage)
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The Lead: Senior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) paced the Emerson women's basketball team with 18 points followed by double digit showings from junior Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) and sophomore Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.), but the No. 5 Lions were topped 76-58 by the No. 5 MIT Engineers in the NEWMAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Busch filled her stat line with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting with Madden and Toner following with 11 points, while Madden led the Lions with nine rebounds and three assists.
- MIT boasted four players on its roster with double figures, led by Taylor V'Dovec with 19 followed by Kara Holinski and Kylie Gallagher with 15 apiece and Christina Antonakakis joined in with 12.
- Gallagher pulled down a team-best six boards along with four blocks and saw Kristen Ngan dish out six assists.
- Emerson finished shooting 37.7% (23-of-61) and saw its bench put up 22 points, while MIT shot 45.9% from the floor (28-of-61) and benefited from 23 Lions turnovers.
- The Lions heavily outdid the Engineers on the glass, grabbing 46 off the glass to MIT's 28.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- MIT knocked down its first four shot attempts to put Emerson in an early 9-0 hole through the opening minute of the first frame before sophomore Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) put up the first Lions basket at 6:08 (9-2).
- The Lions got themselves out of a double digit deficit on back-to-back buckets by Madden and S. Boyle (16-7) only to see Dolly Yuan have her three fall through and bump the Engineers' advantage back to 10 (19-9).
- A triple and jumper by Toner pulled Emerson back within five (19-14) at the 3:06 mark as the Lions ended the opening frame on a 7-4 run (23-16).
- Within the opening two and a half minutes of the second, Emerson used a quick 6-2 spurt to close the gap to within three (25-22) at the 6:10 mark.
- MIT maintained a lead of eight midway into the frame until Emerson banked two constructive shots to narrow the Engineers advantage down to four (31-25) with 2:49 to go in the quarter.
- Madden took a successful trip to the free throw line with 40 seconds on the clock with Emerson within five (34-29) as Antonakakis drained a last second triple to close the half out with the Lions down eight (37-29).
- The hosts once again ventured into holding a double figures advantage at 12 (41-29), but the Lions quickly dwindled its deficit all the way down to five on the hands of nine points by Busch and capped off the streak with a triple at 4:51 (43-38).
- Started off on a jumper from Busch, Emerson's offense kicked into high gear and strung a 7-3 run together to wrap the third and narrow within a pair at 49-47.
- Emerson managed to inch the score to one at 53-52 at 7:12, but MIT answered with a 14-4 run to push the Engineers up by 11 and 3:43 left on the clock of the fourth.
- The closest Emerson was able to pull within was 11 as MIT used the free throw line to seal the 76-58 win.
- Emerson's 2019 campaign has come to a close.
- MIT moves onto the semifinal round and will take on No. 1 Babson on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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