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.
Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) also posted 12 points in addition to contributing five boards and two steals for MIT while classmate Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) generated 10 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) hauled in a game-high 15 rebounds and added 10 points and four assists as senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) rounded out the squad with eight points.
Following its scoring spree to start the game, the Engineers held a 15-3 advantage after six minutes elapsed. The game became a back-and-forth affair as the score moved to 23-13 with 4:12 left in the half. MIT replied by generating a 5-2 spurt to enter the intermission with its largest lead at 28-15.
Mount Holyoke put together a 7-2 run during the early stages of the second stanza that narrowed the gap to eight (30-22). This was as close as it would get as a layup by Drammis in addition to a pair of free throws and layup by Hunt 54 seconds apart reestablished the Engineers' double-digit cushion. Both sides traded baskets during the next four minutes, shifting the score to 42-30 with 4:55 remaining in regulation. Sparked by a Battipaglia basket, MIT produced eight unanswered points in a span of 1:13 as another Battipaglia bucket put the Engineers up by 20 and forced the Lyons to call a timeout. Coming out of the break, Mount Holyoke outscored the Cardinal and Gray, 6-2, during the final two minutes of action.
Next up for MIT will be a home game against NEWMAC foe Wellesley College on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m.