Cougars Sprint Past MIT, 63-50

Cambridge, Mass. - A 29-5 run that spanned 13 minutes in the first half helped propel Clark University to a 63-50 victory over host MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball game on Wednesday night.

The win for the Scarlet and White is their 11th straight victory over MIT dating back to the 2000-01 season.

Freshman Emily Reilly (Marlboro, Mass.) tallied a game-high 18 points, registering 11 during the pivotal stretch for the Cougars, who snapped a four-game skid and raised their record to 3-9 on the year and 2-3 in conference play.

Anna Merrifield powered the Engineers (5-6, 1-4 NEWMAC) with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists.

MIT raced out to an 11-4 lead just 3:22 into the opening frame. Following over a minute of scoreless play, a pair of free throws from Reilly sparked the game-changing run that resulted in a 33-17 Clark advantage with 2:25 left on the clock. On the Engineers' ensuing possession Tamara Pena drained a three-pointer and Rachel Hunt later converted two free throws, narrowing the gap to 33-21 at halftime.

Clark went on to outscore the Cardinal and Gray 18-5 during the first seven minutes of the second half, creating its largest advantage of the night (51-26).

MIT continued to attack as a 14-3 run featuring eight points from Hunt brought it within 54-40 at the 7:19 mark. The Cougars countered with a 7-2 spurt, thwarting any attempts by the hosts to generate a late rally.

Hunt finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals while Lauren Sascha Burton notched 13 points and four steals. Stephanie Cooke contributed five boards and two steals for the Engineers.

In addition to leading all scorers, Reilly chipped in four rebounds and two steals. Megan Grondin (Cumberland, Maine) recorded 12 points and seven boards while Ivori Aiken (Harlem, N.Y.) compiled 10 points, five rebounds, five steals, and a block in 14 minutes off the bench.

Both squads continue conference play on Saturday, Jan. 8. MIT will travel to Smith College while Clark plays host to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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