Basketball: Mount Holyoke vs. MIT

Friday, January 23, 2009 - 12:20

THE MATCHUP: Mount Holyoke hosts the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) at the Mildred Howard Gymnasium in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In 31 previous meetings between the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rivals, the Lyons own a 20-11 advantage. When the two clubs met last winter, the Engineers picked up a 59-49 win. Prior to that contest, Mount Holyoke had come out on top for straight times.

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MHC LogoTHE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (4-12, 1-3 NEWMAC) has found the win column in two of its previous three outings. On Wednesday, the Lyons downed the Coast Guard Academy 47-36 for their first NEWMAC triumph of the season. Center Kate Shafir poured in a career best 16 points to lead the way. Forward Tricia Chase added a season high 15 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end of the floor. In the last two games, she has hauled in 16 offensive boards. Mount Holyoke has been paced by guard Katie Austen thus far this season. In 31.6 minutes played per game, she has averaged 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. Her 30 assists and 27 steals are both team highs. Austen has posted a pair of double-doubles. Guard Erin Cain has drilled 16 three pointers en route to a squad best scoring average of 10.4 points per contest. Meanwhile, guard Christine Chancy has recorded 8.9 points and a club high 6.9 boards per outing. She has amassed three double-doubles. Forward Emma Washauer has chipped in with 8.6 points per game.

Opponent LogoTHE ENGINEERS: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4-10, 0-4 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight contests and six of its last seven after beginning the year with an overall record of 3-4. The Engineers are winless in four tries versus NEWMAC opponents. Their four wins have come against Eastern Nazarene College (52-42), Albertus Magnus College (64-60), Bay Path College (50-43) and Newbury College (54-46). MIT has been paced by guard Clara Yuan, who has netted a team best 11.4 points per game. Guard Jamie Simmons has registered 7.6 points per contest to go with club highs of 36 assists and 14 three pointers made. Meanwhile, forward Cheryl Kwinn has amassed 7.2 points and a squad best 11.1 rebounds per outing.

NEXT UP: Both squads will take on NEWMAC foes on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Mount Holyoke will host Smith College, while MIT will travel to Wheaton College.