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.
Junior Osheiza Otori (Metairie, La.) grabbed six steals and posted six points for MIT while sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) recorded 15 points. Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) registered seven points and four assists as sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) totaled four rebounds and four assists.
Springfield opened the game with nine unanswered points, but the Engineers battled back as a put-back by Battipaglia brought them within five (13-8) after six minutes expired. MIT stayed close as it narrowed the gap to six on two occasions, the last at 27-21 with 5:20 left in the half. The Pride responded by generating an 8-2 run to end the frame with a 35-23 lead at the intermission.
The Cardinal and Gray kicked off the second stanza with a 6-2 spurt; however, Springfield produced a free throw and a layup which reestablished its double-digit margin (40-29) at the 16:46 mark. Ramachandran drained a layup on MIT's ensuing possession, but this was as close as it would get as the Pride's advantage grew to 67-46 with 4:22 left to play. Both sides traded baskets before the Engineers outscored the hosts, 8-2, during the final 51 seconds. The late scoring spree featured three-pointers by Kordell and Battipaglia that sandwiched a basket by freshman Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.).
Next up for MIT will be a home game against NEWMAC rival U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1:00 p.m.