Ilutzi Leads Women’s Basketball in Loss to Suffolk

Sophomore Durva Bhandare
Sophomore Durva Bhandare

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.

Ilutzi added four rebounds and two assists while sophomores Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) both posted eight points and six rebounds. Sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) registered seven points and four rebounds as junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) totaled six points, four rebounds, and two steals. Senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) rounded out the squad with four rebounds, four blocks, and three steals.

Suffolk opened the game with 12 unanswered points before establishing a 20-6 lead at the 12:33 mark. Back-to-back baskets by Drammis along with a jumper by Kordell trimmed the deficit to 10 (22-12) but this was as close as it would get as the Rams maintained their comfortable cushion en route to a 40-28 advantage at halftime.

Bhandare drained a layup on the opening possession of the second stanza; however, Suffolk rattled off 13 straight points over the course of the next three minutes to go up, 53-30. Despite numerous scoring droughts, both sides generated 20 points apiece during the remainder of the frame to set up the final score.