SALEM, Mass. — Balanced and sharp-shooting MIT downed the Bates women’s basketball team 82-52 Thursday in the opening game of the Salem State Holiday Classic.
Seven players scored between nine and 12 points for the Engineers (8-2), led by Liana Ilutzki and Kara Holinski with 12 apiece. Ilutzki added five assists and six rebounds. Maude Gull scored 11 points off the bench, shooting 3-for-3 from three-point territory.
Senior Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) led the Bobcats (2-7) with a season-high 19 points and eight rebounds, including 12 points and five boards in the second quarter. Coppola made 8-of-11 shots from the field.
First-year Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, N.J.) and junior Nina Davenport (Freeport, Maine) added eight points apiece for Bates. Christofi made 2-of-4 three-point attemptes and led the Bobcats in assists (2) and steals (2).
The Engineers outshot Bates .493 to .321 from the field and made 13-of-21 three-point attempts (.619), more than offsetting a sizable difference between the teams in points from the free-throw line. Bates made 13-of-24 from the line (.542) while MIT was 3-for-3 (1.000).
Davenport fed Coppola underneath for a layup with 3:20 left in the first quarter, tying the game for the final time at 9-9. MIT then reeled off eight unanswered points with hoops by four different players, taking a 17-9 lead on Ilutzi’s layup before a pair of free throws by junior Lexie Nason (Boxford, Mass.) closed the gap to 17-11 at the end of the quarter.
But MIT extended its run to 14-2, opening the second quarter with threes by Gull and Holinski for a 23-11 lead. Gull and Taylor V’Dovec sandwiched a pair of free throws by Coppola to extend the lead to 33-19. Coppola personally outscored the Engineers 6-2 in the final minutes of the half, tallying all but two of Bates’ points in the second quarter, to close the gap to 35-25 at the break.
MIT kept its foot on the gas in the second half, however, outscoring Bates 19-11 in the third quarter and 28-16 in the final period, opening a lead of as many as 37 points.
The sharp-shooting Engineers opened the fourth quarter with seven consecutive made 3-pointers in seven straight possessions. Dolly Yuan made three straight threes during that stretch. As a team, MIT shot 9-15 from deep in the second half.
Bates will play D’Youville College in the tournament consolation game on Friday at 1pm. MIT will play Salem State at 3pm in the tournament championship game.