November 24, 2012

MIT Tops Emerson, 61-43

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) tallied 11 rebounds, 10 points, five assists, and three steals in its 61-43 win over Emerson College in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Kristin Brice (Indiana, Pa.) paced the Lions (2-2) with 11 points, seven boards, and two steals.

A three-point play by senior Shannon Morton (Middletown, N.J.) gave Emerson a 9-5 lead after four minutes elapsed but the Engineers (2-2) responded with an 18-3 run to go ahead for good at the 9:16 mark. Senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) started the rally with a trey and tacked on a layup later on while sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) registered seven points. Freshman Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) drained a pair of free throws that gave MIT the lead and followed up with a jumper on its next possession.

Brice's basket and two free throws from junior Elissa Chojnicki (Dover, N.H.) trimmed the Lions' deficit to seven (23-16) with 8:14 left in the half. Following three minutes of scoreless play, the Engineers produced nine unanswered points to establish their largest margin of the frame (32-16) at the 3:42 mark. Senior Amy Sherman (Toronto, Ontario) stopped the Cardinal and Gray's run with a three-pointer and then sank a jumper with six seconds before halftime.

MIT's advantage quickly returned to 16 points in the second half; however, Emerson strung together 10 straight points as two Chojnicki free throws narrowed the gap to six (37-31) at the midway point. Junior Sharon Hao's (San Jose, Calif.) jumper ended the Engineers' scoring drought and was followed by a pair of free throws from Drammis. Freshman Janissa Delzo (Middlesex, N.J.) knocked in a shot to keep the Lions within striking distance with eight minutes to go, but this was as close as it would get as MIT mounted a 15-6 run to put the game out of reach.

Kordell finished with a game-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals for the Engineers. Burton posted 11 points and three assists while Hao contributed eight points coming off the bench. As a team, MIT had the upper hand in points in the paint (28-12), points off turnovers (20-9), bench scoring (18-11), rebounding (39-36).

Sherman notched 10 points while Delzo totaled eight of her own. Sophomore Catherine Cloutier (Methuen, Mass.) grabbed seven rebounds followed by six from freshman Kelsey Johnson (Syracuse, N.Y.). Norton rounded out the Lions with a team-high three assists.

Next up for MIT will be its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Wellesley College. Emerson continues non-conference play a day earlier when it hosts Westfield State University.