2013-14 MIT Women's Basketball News

March 4, 2014
Kordell and Drammis Collect NEWMAC All-Conference Accolades
BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time since 2001, the MIT women’s basketball team received two NEWMAC All-Conference selections as junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) and sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) earned spots on the second team as announced by the league on Tuesday. NEWMAC Tournament runner-up Smith College along with Babson College joined the Engineers with two honors apiece.

February 26, 2014
Engineers Fall to Wheaton, 62-46, in NEWMAC Quarterfinals
NORTON, Mass. - Despite a second-half rally that saw it come within three points on three occasions, MIT could not overcome the deficit as Wheaton College went on to defeat the Engineers, 62-46, in the quarterfinal round of the NEWMAC Women's Basketball Tournament. Following its first postseason appearance in six years, MIT ends its season with an overall record of 12-14.

February 24, 2014
NEWMAC Announces Winter Academic All-Conference Awards
BOSTON, Mass. – A league-leading 30 athletes represented MIT on the 2014 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Winter Academic All-Conference Team. Criteria includes a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale, achieving second year academic status at his or her institution, and being a member of a varsity team for the entire season.

February 24, 2014
Kordell Selected to NEWBA Honor Roll
KEENE, N.H. – MIT junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) was placed on the New England Women’s Basketball Association Honor Roll after two impressive performances last week. She averaged 19 points, four assists, and 3.5 rebounds in leading the women’s basketball team to a pair of key wins which put the Engineers in the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time since 2008.

February 22, 2014
MIT Fights off WPI, 56-48, to Secure Playoff Spot on Senior Day
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a late surge that saw WPI come within four points with 54 seconds left to play, MIT hit four free throws down the stretch to claim a 56-48 victory on Saturday afternoon. With the win, MIT claimed the seventh and final spot in the upcoming NEWMAC Championship tournament, marking its first playoff appearance since 2008. MIT will travel to its last postseason foe, No. 2 Wheaton College, on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for a 7:00 p.m. start.

February 19, 2014
Women's Basketball Edges out Babson, 57-56
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Following seven ties and five lead changes in the second half, a layup by junior Osheiza Otori (Metairie, La.) with 41 seconds remaining put MIT ahead for good as it went on to defeat Babson College, 57-56, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Fellow junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) produced a game-high 23 points as the Engineers (11-13, 8-11 NEWMAC) topped the Beavers for the first time since 2008 with that victory also coming in dramatic fashion.

February 15, 2014
Kordell Lifts MIT to 61-58 Victory over Clark
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Clark University generated 10 unanswered points during the final two minutes of regulation to claim a one-point lead but a three-point play by MIT junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) with 24.3 seconds on the clock coupled with another free throw by the point guard with 0.7 ticks left helped the Engineers capture a 61-58 NEWMAC women’s basketball victory on Saturday afternoon. Kordell led all players with 21 points and added two steals for MIT which improved to 10-13 on the year and 7-11 in conference play. Senior Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) paced the Cougars (9-14, 6-12 NEWMAC) with 15 points to go along with a game-high five steals and three assists.

February 12, 2014
Wheaton Rallies Past Engineers, 64-57
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Making 10 of its 16 total field goals from three-point range and going 22-for-27 from the charity stripe helped Wheaton College come from behind to defeat MIT, 64-57, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) led all players with a career-high 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting and added six rebounds for the Engineers (9-13, 6-11 NEWMAC). Junior Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H.) paced the Lyons (19-4, 14-4 NEWMAC) with 17 points courtesy of five trifectas and dished out a game-high seven assists.

February 11, 2014
MIT Women’s Basketball Joins Forces with Athletes Unlimited
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dance parties on the sidelines with opposing players and falling victim to the “Hey, look over there!” fake out. Not the typical Wednesday night for the MIT women’s basketball team as it took advantage of its bye from NEWMAC action to train with the Pointsetters of Athletes Unlimited in neighboring Newton.

February 8, 2014
MIT Drops 65-54 Decision At Smith
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – MIT held leads early in the second half, but Smith College edged back ahead midway through the final 20 minutes and went on to take a 65-54 decision in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s basketball game this afternoon. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head, S.C.) led the Engineers with 16 points and nine rebounds.

February 6, 2014
Women's Basketball Cruises Past Wellesley, 55-35
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s basketball team rattled off 13 straight points right out of the gate and held visiting Wellesley College off the scoreboard for the first 10:31 of the game en route to a 55-35 NEWMAC victory on Thursday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all scorers with 16 points and added eight rebounds and four steals for the Engineers (9-11, 6-9 NEWMAC). The Blue (14-5, 11-4 NEWMAC), which entered the game tied for first place in the league standings, were paced by senior Leslie Leong’s (Sacramento, Calif.) 11 points to go along with five boards, two assists, and two steals.

February 1, 2014
Balanced Attack Powers Engineers Past Mount Holyoke, 52-36
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – MIT opened the game with nine unanswered points and never looked back as it went on to defeat host Mount Holyoke College, 52-36, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. With four players reaching double-digits in scoring, sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) led the way for the Engineers (8-11, 5-9 NEWMAC) as she produced 12 points to go along with eight rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks.

January 25, 2014
Coast Guard Tops MIT, 61-52
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of second-half runs following a back-and-forth opening frame powered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to a 61-52 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all players with 18 points and added nine rebounds and five steals for the Engineers (7-11, 4-9 NEWMAC). The Bears (14-3, 10-3 NEWMAC) saw four players reach double-digits in scoring, paced by sophomore Torrie Sutherland (Houston, Texas) with 14 points who also had eight boards.

January 22, 2014
Springfield Defeats Women's Basketball, 73-58
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – In a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night, host Springfield College defeated MIT, 73-58. Junior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) paced the Engineers (7-10, 4-8 NEWMAC) with 16 points and five rebounds in addition to dishing out three assists.

January 19, 2014
Engineers Grind Out 47-43 Win Over Emerson
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) led all players with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in MIT’s 47-43 victory over Emerson College in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Sunday. The Lions (5-10, 2-9 NEWMAC) were paced by junior Catherine Cloutier (Methuen, Mass.), who had 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

January 18, 2014
Comeback Bid Falls Short as WPI Holds Off MIT, 51-49
WORCESTER, Mass. – Trailing by 15 points with four minutes left to play, MIT came within two points twice during the final 23 seconds but could not overcome the deficit as host WPI held on for a 51-49 NEWMAC women’s basketball victory on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) produced a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Engineers whose ledger now stands at 6-9 on the year and 3-7 in league play.

January 15, 2014
Late Run Lifts Babson Past MIT, 63-51
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Babson College generated a 15-4 run during the final 3:32 to pull away from MIT and capture a 63-51 victory in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) tallied a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds for the Engineers whose ledger lowered to 6-8 on the year and 3-6 in conference play. Freshman Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) paced the Beavers (6-7, 6-3 NEWMAC) with 16 points as she went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line and snagged four steals.

January 11, 2014
Clark Rallies to Defeat Women's Basketball, 50-48
WORCESTER, Mass. – Two free throws with 21 seconds remaining in regulation helped Clark University come back to defeat MIT, 50-48, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday. Sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) led all scorers with 16 points and added four rebounds for the Engineers, whose ledger lowered to 6-7 on the year and 3-5 in conference play.

January 9, 2014
Engineers Stun Undefeated No. 22 Wheaton, 60-59
NORTON, Mass. – For the first time in program history, the MIT women’s basketball team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent as it edged out No. 22 Wheaton College, 60-59, in a NEWMAC contest on Thursday night. Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) paced the Engineers (6-6, 3-4 NEWMAC) with 17 points and added four assists and four rebounds in handing the Lyons (12-1, 7-1 NEWMAC) their first loss of the season.

January 7, 2014
Smith Battles Past MIT, 58-53
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a back-and-forth battle, Smith College emerged with a 58-53 victory over the MIT women’s basketball team in a NEWMAC game on Tuesday night. Senior Rosa Drummond (Rye, N.H.) led all scorers with 18 points and added 14 rebounds for the Pioneers who improved to 3-7 on the year and 3-4 in conference play. For the Engineers (5-6, 2-4 NEWMAC), sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) racked up a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with 14 points and two steals.

January 4, 2014
Wellesley Tops Women’s Basketball, 54-42
WELLESLEY, Mass. – Host Wellesley College capitalized on a 15-of-21 performance at the free throw line along with 26 points off turnovers as it defeated MIT, 54-42, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led the Engineers (5-5, 2-3 NEWMAC) with a game-high 16 points as junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) tallied 11 points and five assists.

December 29, 2013
Engineers Fall to Endicott, 49-38
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 15-2 run that spanned eight minutes in the second half propelled Endicott College to a 49-38 victory over MIT in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Kelsey Cuddy (Madison, Conn.) led all scorers with 14 points and added three steals and two blocks for the Gulls (6-2). Sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) generated nine rebounds, eight points, and two steals for the Engineers (5-4).

December 16, 2013
Drammis Named NEWMAC Co-Player of the Week
BOSTON, Mass. – For the second week in a row, MIT sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) was recognized by the NEWMAC as she was selected for Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week honors. In the Engineers’ only game of the week, she generated a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 53-50 win over Framingham State University last Tuesday.

December 10, 2013
Women's Basketball Fights off Framingham State, 53-50
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A reverse layup by sophomore Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) helped MIT clinch a 53-50 victory over Framingham State University in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Tuesday night. The Rams generated four shots during the final 28 seconds but a put-back by junior Samantha Irvine (Franklin, Mass.) came right after the buzzer sounded.

December 9, 2013
Sabrina Drammis Collects NEWMAC and NEWBA Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) was tabbed the NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week in addition to earning a spot on the New England Women’s Basketball Association Honor Roll after leading the Engineers to a pair of victories. She averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, and 2.5 steals in helping the Cardinal and Gray improve to 4-3 on the year.

December 7, 2013
Three Reach Double-Digits in MIT's Win Over Mount Holyoke
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a second-half run that brought Mount Holyoke College within 10 points with just six minutes left to play, the MIT women’s basketball team held on for a 47-32 NEWMAC victory on Saturday afternoon. Playing all 40 minutes, junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) compiled 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals for the Engineers (4-3, 3-2 NEWMAC). Junior Amber Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) led the Lyons (2-4, 1-4 NEWMAC) with a game-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and two steals.

December 4, 2013
Engineers Capitalize on Turnovers in 64-29 Win over Simmons
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT generated 32 points off of 23 Simmons College turnovers en route to a 64-29 victory in non-conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all scorers with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor and had a 3-of-4 performance at the charity stripe for the Engineers (3-3). Senior Leah Davis (Cranston, R.I.) paced the Sharks (1-5) with 15 points to go along with four rebounds.

November 26, 2013
Coast Guard Holds Off MIT, 77-56
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy used a 15-4 run during the final five minutes of regulation to secure a 77-56 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Tuesday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) paced the Engineers (2-3, 1-2 NEWMAC) with 18 points and five steals in addition to registering seven rebounds and two assists.

November 23, 2013
Women's Basketball Tops Springfield, 72-59
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 13-2 run during the final 4:30 of the first half helped propel the MIT women’s basketball team to a 72-59 victory over Springfield College in a NEWAMC game on Saturday afternoon. Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led all scorers with 23 points to go along with six assists and three steals for the Engineers (2-2, 1-1 NEWMAC). Freshman Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass.) paced the Pride (1-3, 0-2 NEWMAC) with 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.

November 20, 2013
Emerson Edges out Engineers, 74-69, in NEWMAC Opener
BOSTON, Mass. – Despite four players reaching double-digits in scoring it would not be enough as Emerson College defeated MIT, 74-69, in the NEWMAC women’s basketball opener for both squads on Wednesday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led the way for the Engineers (1-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

November 17, 2013
Second-Half Surge Powers MIT Past Regis, 61-40
WESTON, Mass. – The MIT women's basketball team rattled off 11 unanswered points to start the second half en route to a 61-40 victory over Regis College in the consolation game of the Regis College Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all scorers with 16 points and added seven rebounds for the Engineers (1-1) as she also collected All-Tournament Team honors.

November 16, 2013
Ilutzi Leads Women’s Basketball in Loss to Suffolk
WESTON, Mass. – Freshman Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) produced a team-high 12 points as the MIT women’s basketball team fell to Suffolk University, 73-50, in its season-opener at the Regis College Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers will continue tournament action on Sunday when it will square off with the host Pride at 1:00 p.m.