Women’s Basketball Announces Class of 2016CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s basketball team will welcome three new members for the 2012-13 season. “When we recruit student-athletes for our program, we look for talented competitors who are high in character, leadership, and academic success,” said head coach Sonia Raman. “In these three young women, we have found all of those traits. We are excited for Durva, Sabrina, and Maya to join our team.”
NEWMAC Announces Winter Academic All-Conference AwardsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A league-leading 29 athletes represented MIT on the 2012 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Winter Academic All-Conference Team. Criteria includes a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale, achieving second year academic status at his or her institution, and being a member of a varsity team for the entire season.
Kordell Named NEWMAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the YearCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) became the third player in the history of the MIT women’s basketball program to be voted Rookie of the Year by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). In addition, she collected second team all-conference accolades while the Engineers received the Sportsmanship Award for the fifth time in six years.
Second-Half Rally Falls Short as Clark Defeats MIT, 61-50CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT narrowed the gap to six with four minutes remaining, but Clark University responded with six straight points that powered it to a 61-50 victory in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Junior Anna Merrifield (Honolulu, Hawaii) paced the Engineers with 15 points while sophomore Emily Reilly (Malborough, Mass.) also had 15 points to go along with six rebounds for the Cougars.
Join MIT Women’s Basketball in the Fight Against Breast CancerCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Saturday, Feb. 18 the MIT women’s basketball team will participate in the “Play 4Kay” initiative, a collaborative effort by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Dramatic Women's Basketball Finish at Springfield Featured on D3hoops.comCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Not your typical buzzer-beater, MIT’s play during the final 14 seconds of regulation capped off by two free throws from freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) with no time on the clock earned the women’s basketball team a spot on the D3hoops.com Buzzer Beater list following its 51-50 win over Springfield College. Video of Saturday’s come-from-behind rally can be found here.
Wheaton Fights Off Engineers, 56-46NORTON, Mass. – MIT cut its deficit to three on seven occasions in the second half, but Wheaton College managed to hold on for a 56-45 win in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) paced the Engineers (10-13, 6-11 NEWMAC) with 13 points to go along with four rebounds.
Isaac Drains Free Throws With No Time Left to Capture Win Over SpringfieldSPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) sank two free throws with no time remaining to complete a dramatic come-from-behind victory for MIT as it defeated Springfield College, 51-50, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers improved to 10-12 on the year, marking their first 10-win season since the 2007-08 campaign, and raised their league record to 6-10. In addition, the win over the Pride was the first for the Cardinal and Gray since 2003.
Strong Defensive Performance Not Enough in MIT's Loss to No. 18 BabsonCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite holding nationally-ranked No. 18 Babson College to its lowest scoring performance this season in league play, the Beavers emerged with a 59-34 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Senior Nicki Wurdeman (Rowley, Mass.) led all scorers with 21 points to go along with five rebounds for the Beavers who entered the contest averaging 74 points per game this year. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) totaled 11 points, four rebounds, and three steals for the Engineers.
Kordell Nets 22 Points in Loss to Mount HolyokeCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) tallied a game-high 22 points but it would not be enough for the MIT women’s basketball team as it fell to NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College, 58-46, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Engineers’ ledger lowered to 9-11 on the year and 5-9 in conference play.
Burton Named to Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball TeamCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District women’s basketball team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. As a result, she will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.
Isaac's Double-Double Leads MIT to 45-34 Win Over Coast GuardCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Solid defensive play that generated 19 points off of 19 first-half U.S. Coast Guard Academy turnovers propelled host MIT to a 45-34 victory in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. The win not only ended the Engineers’ three-game skid but also resulted in their second consecutive series sweep of the Bears. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) registered a game-high 13 points and five assists while fellow classmate Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) racked up 12 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals for MIT. Freshman Victoria Gurtler (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) led Coast Guard’s balanced attack with nine points to go along with six rebounds.
WPI Overpowers MIT in NEWMAC TiltWORCESTER, Mass. – A pair of second-half runs powered WPI to a 61-28 win over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Junior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) led the Engineers’ offense with seven points and added three rebounds.
Wellesley Topples Tech, 44-26WELLESLEY, Mass. – Host Wellesley College tallied 14 unanswered points during a span of seven minutes en route to a 44-26 win over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) compiled nine points, four steals, and two assists for the Engineers (8-9, 4-7 NEWMAC).
Smith Tops Women's Basketball, 61-36CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A big first half propelled Smith College to a 61-36 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led the Engineers (8-8, 4-6 NEWMAC) with 10 points to go along with two assists and one steal. Senior Ellie Giles (Charlottesville, Va.) tallied 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals, two assists, and two blocks for the Pioneers (12-4, 7-3 NEWMAC).
Second-Half Surge Leads MIT Past Wheaton, 45-41CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 14-2 run during the opening minutes of the second half helped MIT overcome an early first-half deficit as it defeated Wheaton College, 45-41, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led the Engineers with a game-high 15 points, including a pair of free throws with 10.2 seconds remaining. The win snapped the Engineers’ four-game skid and raised their record to 8-7 on the year and 4-5 in league play. Freshman Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) paced the Lyons (6-10, 4-5 NEWMAC) with 13 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
MIT Falls to Springfield, 60-43CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Springfield College saw four players reach double-digits in the scoring column as it defeated MIT, 60-43, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) tallied a game-high 17 points for the Pride, which improved to 9-6 on the year and 5-3 in league play. Junior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) and sophomore Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) both posted 11 points for the Engineers (7-7, 3-5 NEWMAC).
Engineers Overpowered by No. 21 BabsonBABSON PARK, Mass. – A string of 18 unanswered points during the first half propelled nationally-ranked No. 21 Babson College to a 70-41 win over the MIT women’s basketball team in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) tallied 13 points, four rebounds, one block, and one steal to lead the Engineers.
Women's Basketball Battles at ClarkWORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University quickly established a commanding lead that MIT was unable to overcome as the host Cougars registered a 76-36 victory in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sharon Hao (San Jose, Calif.) paced the Engineers with 12 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals coming off the bench.
Late Rally Falls Short as Smith Edges MIT, 55-51NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Despite trailing by one point with 1:32 remaining in regulation, MIT was unable to claim the lead as Smith College held on for a 55-51 victory in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) led all scorers with 16 points, including an 8-of-10 performance from the charity stripe, to go along with seven rebounds, two steals, and a block for the Engineers (7-4, 3-2 NEWMAC).
Smothering Defense Keys MIT's Come-from-Behind Win over SimmonsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 36-13 run during the final 10 minutes of regulation powered MIT’s 69-65 come-from-behind victory over Simmons College in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Friday afternoon. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led all scorers with 23 points as the Engineers improved to 7-3 on the year. Senior Brittany Dolloff (Hollis, N.H.), one of four Sharks to reach double-digits in scoring, posted 15 points and four steals for the visitors (1-7).
Women's Basketball Defeats Mount Holyoke, 43-36CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Nine unanswered points during a span of seven minutes helped propel MIT to a 43-36 victory over Mount Holyoke College in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 10 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists as the Engineers improved to 6-3 on the year and 3-1 in conference play. Junior Angelica Pascual (Lawrence, Mass.) led all scorers with 13 points and added four rebounds, four steals, and two assists for the Lyons (1-7, 0-4 NEWMAC).
Tech Rallies Past Coast Guard, 73-67, in OvertimeNEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Tamara Pena’s (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) put-back with eight seconds left in regulation forced overtime while a layup by junior Anna Merrifield (Honolulu, Hawaii) off the opening tip followed by freshman Mari Kordell’s (Ijamsville, Md.) three-pointer secured a lead MIT would not relinquish as it defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 73-67, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball battle on Tuesday night. All five Engineers’ starters recorded double-digits in scoring, led by Pena’s 18 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
Kordell, Pena, Hunt Lead MIT in Thriller over WPICAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) buried a jumper with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to give MIT a two-point edge as sophomore Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) drained a pair of free throws with two ticks on the clock propelling the hosts to a 61-57 victory over WPI on Saturday afternoon. Kordell finished with 15 points, three assists, and two steals as MIT improved to 4-3 and 1-1 in the NEWMAC. WPI (2-5, 0-2) was led by junior Theresa Logan’s (Southboro, Mass.) game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 performance from the charity stripe in addition to seven rebounds.
Wellesley Fights off Engineers, 51-46CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wellesley College used a 10-4 run in the middle of the second half to propel it to a 51-46 victory over MIT in the NEWMAC women’s basketball opener for both teams on Wednesday night. Sophomore Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) compiled eight assists, five rebounds, five steals, four blocks, and four points for the Engineers while sophomore Leslie Leong (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Blue.
Occidental Tops MIT, 54-41LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Early runs in each half helped propel Occidental University to a 54-41 win over MIT in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers, champions of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference the past four years, improved to 2-1 on the year while the Engineers’ ledger lowered to 3-2 this season.
Women's Hoops Cruises Past Caltech, 100-26PASADENA, Calif. – Despite early foul trouble that put Caltech in the bonus after 4:19 elapsed, the MIT women’s basketball team defeated the Beavers, 100-26, on Friday night. The Engineers reached the century mark for the second time in program history and also registered the second largest margin of victory as Tech set these marks in a 105-30 decision over Rivier College in 1998.
Tech Grinds out 65-49 Win Over Albany CollegeBOSTON, Mass. – In a hard-fought battle, the MIT women’s basketball team emerged with a 65-49 victory over Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the consolation game of the Emerson College Tip Off Tournament on Sunday. Junior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) led all scorers with 16 points and tacked on seven rebounds and three assists en route to All-Tournament Team honors for the Engineers.
Engineers Fall to Emerson, 66-48BOSTON, Mass. – In the opening game of the Emerson College Tip Off Tournament, the MIT women’s basketball team fell to the host Lions, 66-48, on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers (1-1) will square off with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the consolation game.
MIT Overpowers Wentworth in Women's Basketball Season OpenerCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT raced out to an 18-3 lead and never looked back as it defeated Wentworth Institute of Technology, 73-40, in the season opener for both women’s basketball teams on Tuesday night. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led the way with a game-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals as the Engineers picked up their first win over the Leopards since the 2002-03 campaign. Junior Ashley Conway (Danvers, Mass.) paced Wentworth's balanced attack with eight points and added four rebounds.
Women’s Basketball Releases 2011-12 ScheduleCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A West Coast trip featuring a renewed rivalry highlights the 2011-12 MIT women’s basketball schedule as the Engineers will square off with NEWMAC opponents in 18 games. The Cardinal and Gray kicks off action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Wentworth Institute of Technology in Rockwell Cage.
Women’s Basketball Team Ranks Third in WBCA Academic Top 25CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind the strength of a 3.56 grade point average, the MIT women's basketball team placed third on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. The Engineers, who ranked 14th last year, were the sole representatives from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to make the list for the second consecutive season.