Bears Fall in OT

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(12/6/11)--Freshman Mari Kordell and junior Lauren Sascha Burton each had five of their ten points in overtime leading MIT to a 73-67 overtime win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.


MIT had its largest lead of the game 58-47 with 5:53 left following an old fashion 3-point play by sophomore Rachel Hunt before the Bears scored 13 straight to take a 60-58 lead with just 33 seconds left.

Sophomore Tamara Pena's jumper with eight seconds left tied the game at 60-60 and Coast Guard had a chance to win it in regulation, but the shot fell short.

Coast Guard had taken the lead 59-58 on a pair of free throws by sophomore Brittney Zimmerman with 1:04 left before Zimmerman made one of two from the foul line with 33 seconds left for the 60-58 advantage.

In the overtime, the Engineers scored the first five points, a layup by junior Anna Merrifield off the tip and a 3-pointer by Kordell for a 65-60 lead just 48 seconds into overtime.

The Bears cut the lead to 65-64 before MIT ran off seven straight points to put the game away.

Pena led MIT with 18 points while freshman Alexxis Isaac had a double-double with 13 points and a game-high ten rebounds. Hunt was also in double figures with 12 points as the Engineers improved to a 5-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Zimmerman had a game-high 19 points, including 11 of 13 from the foul line while freshman Jamie Waterman tied her career-high with 13 points. Freshman Alexi Howland finished with a career-high 12 points while sophomore Kaitlin Ward had ten points for the Bears, who have dropped three straight and are now 4-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Zimmerman and Gurtler led the Bears with seven rebounds each, but MIT outrebounded Coast Guard 50-37.

MIT shot 39.7 percent from the floor (25-63) while making six of 18 from 3-point range while Coast Guard was 20 of 55 from the field (36.4 percent) while hitting six of 11 from behind the arc.

Both teams struggled at the foul line as the Bears missed 13 going 21 of 334 while MIT was 17 of 27 in the game.