BABSON PARK, Mass. – Nationally-ranked No. 18 Babson College used a 22-4 second-half run to break open a tight game en route to a 54-39 victory over MIT in NEWMAC women's basketball action on Wednesday night. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) compiled 13 points, seven steals, four rebounds, and two blocks for the Engineers whose ledger lowered to 9-12 on the year and 5-10 in conference play.
Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) tallied six points, two blocks, and two steals while sophomore Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) registered five points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) hauled in seven rebounds as sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) added six points. Sophomore Osheiza Otori (Metairie, La.) rounded out MIT with five points and two steals.
The first half featured four ties before the Engineers went on a 9-2 run to go up, 17-12, with 5:49 on the clock. Babson quickly knotted the game but a steal and layup by Otori put MIT in front, 19-17. The Beavers generated another five-point spurt for the slight edge; however, Drammis buried a three-pointer to even the score at 22 which would hold through halftime.
Both squads traded baskets to start the second stanza before Babson mounted its game-changing run that resulted in a 46-28 advantage at the 8:36 mark. Despite the deficit, MIT continued to attack and narrowed the gap to 12 (51-39) with 3:04 left to play. A defensive battle ensued down the stretch as the Beavers capped the game with a free throw and a layup to set up the final score.
Next up for MIT will be a home game against Springfield College on Saturday, Feb. 9.