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.

Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists while sophomore Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) registered nine points, four boards, three assists, and three steals. Senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) generated 12 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks as sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) posted six points, four caroms, and three blocks. Freshman Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) dished out three assists while classmate Madeleine Duran (Glen Rock, N.J.) bolstered the defense with four rebounds and a block.

The first half was closely played as it featured seven lead changes and three ties until a pair of Ilutzi free throws put MIT in front, 19-18, with 6:52 to go. Two free throws and a basket by Hunt gave the Engineers some breathing room but the Pride narrowed the gap to three (23-20) at the 4:40 mark. Junior Osheiza Otori's (Metairie, La.) layup on MIT's ensuing possession sparked a 10-2 spurt that ended the half with the Cardinal and Gray holding a 33-22 lead.

The Engineers carried the momentum into the second stanza as their 11 straight points fueled a 27-4 run that resulted in a 50-26 advantage with 11:12 on the clock. During the game-changing rally, MIT held Regis scoreless for the first 5:19 of the frame. The hosts trimmed their deficit to 18 with 9:39 and 4:51 remaining, but they would get no closer.

Next up for MIT will be its first NEWMAC game of the season slated for Wednesday, Nov. 20 at first-year league foe Emerson College.