WORCESTER, Mass. – The MIT women's basketball team saw three players reach double-digits in scoring but it would not be enough as it fell to Clark University, 74-61, in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led the Engineers with 16 points, six steals, and four assists. The Cardinal and Gray finished the season with an overall record of 11-13 and a 7-11 mark in conference play.
Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) generated 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and two blocks. Classmate Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) registered 11 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while freshman Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) posted seven points and three assists. Sophomore Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) contributed four rebounds and two steals as senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) tacked on four rebounds.
Clark quickly established an 11-4 lead before an exchange of baskets ensued as a jumper by Kordell brought MIT within five (15-10) at the 14:16 mark. The Cougars responded with a 13-3 run to gain some breathing room; however, the Engineers battled back, narrowing the gap to eight (34-26) with 3:15 left in the half. The back-and-forth play resumed as a Drammis layup made the score, 40-30, in favor of the hosts at the intermission.
Ramachandran provided the first basket of the second stanza but Clark responded with a 27-12 run which resulted in its largest margin of the day at 67-44 with 7:16 to go. Despite the deficit MIT continued to attack, outscoring the Cougars, 17-7 down the stretch. Both Ramachandran and junior Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) registered six points during the late rally.