MIT 68 Tufts 48

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

MIT (11-4)   30   38   =   68
Tufts (8-3)   26   22   =   48

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MEDFORD – Senior co-captain Cristina Estrada (Bogota, COLUMBIA) scored 19 points with 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead the visiting MIT Engineers to a 68-48 victory over Tufts in Greater Boston women's college basketball action on Thursday night.

Freshman guard Maria Hidalgo (Auburn, WA) aided the MIT effort with 13 points, all in the decisive second half. A 13-0 run by the Engineers in the second half turned a slim 46-43 lead at 10:08 into a 59-43 margin after a three-pointer by Hidalgo with 5:21 remaining. She had nine points during the key stretch. The Engineers shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half (14/28) compared to 22.9 percent (8/35) by the Jumbos.

Trailing 30-26 at the half, Tufts got quick, consecutive baskets by freshman forward Kate Gluckman (Morrisville, VT) to tie the score at 30-30 early in the second half. The hosts took a brief 33-32 lead on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Erin Harrington (Fall River, MA) at 18:51. A three-point play by MIT freshman Rayna Zacks (Glencoe, IL) put the Engineers up 35-33, then another Harrington basket tied the score at 35-35. A three-pointer by MIT's Megan Daugherty (Manchester, CT) gave the Engineers the lead for good, 38-35, at 16:42. After they pushed the lead to 16 with the run led by Hidalgo, Tufts never got closer than 13 points.

Like Estrada, Zacks finished with 16 rebounds for MIT. The visitors posted a huge 56-34 advantage on the boards. The victory was the sixth straight for the Engineers (11-4). Gluckman had 10 points and sophomore forward Emily Goodman (Briarcliff, NY) had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jumbos (8-3), who lost for the first time at home.