January 30, 2013

First-Half Rally Propels Engineers Past Coast Guard, 62-47

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The MIT women's basketball team generated a 20-4 run during the final seven minutes of the first half en route to a 62-47 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all scorers with 14 points and had three steals as the Engineers improved to 8-11 on the year and 4-9 in conference play.

Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) registered 10 points, three assists, and two steals as classmate Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) totaled 10 points and five rebounds for MIT. Freshman Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) produced nine points on 7-of-9 shooting from the free throw line and added three steals. Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) tallied eight points, five rebounds, and five blocks while senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) racked up six assists, four steals, and four rebounds. As a team, MIT finished the night with a 50 percent shooting performance and had a 25-7 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Bears opened the game with nine unanswered points before eventually going up 20-10 with 7:12 on the clock. On their ensuing possession, sophomore Osheiza Otori (Metairie, La.) buried a three-pointer that ignited the Engineers' pivotal run which put them in front, 30-24, at halftime. Battipaglia fueled the rally with eight points while Burton sank a trifecta that gave the Cardinal and Gray a lead it would not relinquish with 1:35 left. Ramachandran contributed four points as Kordell hit a jumper right before the buzzer sounded.

Despite the momentum shift, Coast Guard battled back, narrowing the gap to four (36-32) on a three-point play at the 15:35 mark of the second half. A Drammis jumper and two free throws from Bhandare gave MIT some breathing room; however, the Bears stayed within striking distance as they trimmed the deficit to six on two occasions, the last at 44-38 midway through the frame. The Cardinal and Gray responded with an 18-9 run to end the game with Drammis contributing eight points down the stretch.

Next up for MIT will be a home game against NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, February 2.