WORCESTER, 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.
WPI jumped out to a 9-2 advantage, but MIT came within four (11-7) on a Burton three-pointer at the 9:08 mark. The hosts replied with 10 straight points in a three-minute span to gain some breathing room. The Engineers narrowed the gap to 23-13 courtesy of a jumper from Burton and a put-back by freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas). WPI tacked on four more points before Burton's layup with six ticks left made the score, 27-15, at halftime.
WPI tallied 13 unanswered points in the first nine minutes of the second half to take control of the game. A put-back by freshman Kirstyn Hein (Pinckney, Mich.) accounted for MIT's first points of the frame with 12:12 on the clock. During the next two minutes, two more WPI baskets followed by freshman Mari Kordell's (Ijamsville, Md.) free throws and an Isaac jumper shifted the score to 44-21. The Engineers struggled to maintain their rhythm on the offensive end as WPI closed the contest with a 17-7 run.
Isaac finished with seven rebounds, four points, one block, and one steal while freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) collected a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals. Kordell rounded out the squad with five boards, four points, and two steals.
Next up for MIT (8-10, 4-8 NEWMAC) will be a home game with conference foe the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 1.