2016-17 MIT Women's Basketball News

  • MIT Ranks Seventh on WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll
    July 19, 2017
    Behind the strength of a 3.618 grade point average, the MIT women’s basketball team placed seventh on the 2016-17 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This was the second time the Engineers cracked the top 10 on the list as they ranked third in 2011.
  • Liana Ilutzi Selected to Play in NEWBA Senior Classic
    March 22, 2017
    Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) will take the court one more time in an MIT uniform when she plays in the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior Classic on Saturday, March 25 at Mount Holyoke College. This will be the third year in a row the Engineers will be represented at the event and the eighth time in program history.
  • Kara Holinski Tabbed to D3hoops.com All-Region Fourth Team
    March 14, 2017
    MIT sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was voted to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region fourth team as announced on Monday. This is her second award from the organization as she was named the Northeast Region Rookie of the Year last season and it is the third year in a row the Engineers were represented on this list.
  • Raman Named NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball Collects Two All-Conference Awards
    February 28, 2017
    MIT women’s basketball head coach Sonia Raman was voted the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season while the Engineers received multiple first-team All-Conference selections for the first time in program history as announced by the league on Tuesday.
  • Kara Holinski Earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors
    February 28, 2017
    Austin, Texas (February 28) – Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, marking the third straight season the MIT women’s basketball team was represented on the list. She is the lone sophomore to receive this honor this season in addition to being the only student-athlete from New England. Holinski’s award is the 10th for the women's basketball program and it raised the Engineers' total to 256 honors, helping them continue to be the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas while also ranking second across all NCAA divisions.
  • Women’s Basketball Collects League-High Seven NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Awards
    February 24, 2017
    The MIT women’s basketball team saw a league-high and program-record seven student-athletes earn NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades as announced by the league on Wednesday. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.35 on a 5.0 scale after the 2016 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at her institution, and been a member of the team for the entire season.
  • Smith Holds on to Defeat MIT, 77-70, in NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
    February 22, 2017
    An 8-of-10 performance at the charity stripe during the final minute of regulation helped #5 seed Smith College hold on for a 77-70 victory over #4 MIT in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday. Sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) paced the Engineers with a game-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds. One of five players to reach double-digits for the Pioneers, Kennedy Guest-Pritchett led the way with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
  • Engineers Fall to WPI, Will Host Smith in NEWMAC Quarterfinal
    February 18, 2017
    WPI outscored MIT, 21-12, during the third quarter en route to a 72-47 NEWMAC women’s basketball win on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) powered the Engineers with 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
  • MIT Overpowers Wellesley to Reach 20th Win of Season
    February 15, 2017
    A 76-44 victory over Wellesley College on Wednesday night resulted in MIT’s second 20-win season in the history of the women’s basketball program and the first since the 1998-99 campaign. A trio of players reached double-digits in scoring for the Engineers, led by sophomore Kara Holinski’s (Livonia, Mich.) game-high 16 points.
  • V’Dovec Collects NEWMAC and NEWBA Weekly Honors
    February 13, 2017
    Sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) became the second MIT women’s basketball player this season to receive NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week and NEWBA Player of the Week Honor Roll accolades as announced by both organizations on Monday. In a 2-0 week for the Engineers, she averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and shot 82.4 percent from the floor.
  • Women’s Basketball Overpowers Mount Holyoke, 68-30, on Senior Day
    February 11, 2017
    A strong first half helped propel the MIT women’s basketball team to a 68-30 victory over NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Cindy Si (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals for the Engineers while Xajaah Williams-Flores paced the Lyons with 10 points, 10 boards, and three steals.
  • Kara Holinski Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
    February 09, 2017
    Austin, Texas (February 9) – Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) was voted to the CoSIDA Women’s Basketball Academic All-District Team, marking the third year in a row MIT was represented on the list. She advances to the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and currently ranks second across all NCAA divisions with 255 honors.
  • Engineers Battle Clark for 65-51 Victory
    February 08, 2017
    A 10-3 run late in the third quarter along with nine unanswered points during the final three minutes of action helped the MIT women’s basketball team capture a 65-51 victory over Clark University in NEWMAC play on Wednesday. Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) tallied a game-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds for the Engineers. She also broke the MIT record for made three-pointers in season, eclipsing Clara Yuan's '09 total of 56 from the 2005-06 season. Aretha Sullivan generated 20 points, five boards, and two steals for the Cougars.
  • Taylor V’Dovec Placed on NEWBA Honor Roll
    February 06, 2017
    Springfield, Mass. (February 6) – For the second time this season sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) represented MIT on the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Player of the Week Honor Roll. In a 2-0 week for the Engineers, she averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
  • Balanced Performance Helps MIT Defeat Smith, 83-70
    February 04, 2017
    MIT outscored Smith College, 20-8, in the fourth quarter to help it pull away for an 83-70 win in Saturday’s NEWMAC women’s basketball game. All five starters for the Engineers reached double-digits in scoring, led by sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) who had 22 points and a game-high nine rebounds. For the Pioneers, Kennedy Guest-Pritchett registered a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds.
  • Women's Basketball Stands in Solidarity With the MIT Community
    February 03, 2017
    At the MIT women’s basketball game vs. Wesleyan University (Conn.) on January 31, the MIT team members and coaching staff showed support for those both at MIT and around the world who have been affected by the recent Executive Order on Immigration. During the national anthem, the players and coaches stood with their arms linked, leaving a spot open in the lineup to represent community members who have been prevented from traveling back to MIT due to the order.
  • Women's Basketball Powers Past Wesleyan in 69-54 Final
    January 31, 2017
    Paced by five players in double figures, the MIT women’s basketball team got off to a fast start and pulled away for a 69-54 non-conference home win over Wesleyan University on Tuesday night.
  • Ngan Scores Career-High 19 Points in Engineers' 81-65 Loss to Springfield
    January 28, 2017
    The MIT women’s basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end following an 81-65 loss at NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. One of three players to reach double-digits in scoring for the Engineers, sophomore Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) led the way with a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-5 performance from three-point range.
  • MIT Outlasts Babson, 78-74, in Double Overtime
    January 25, 2017
    A 7-2 run early in the second overtime session gave MIT a lead it would not relinquish as it held on for a 78-74 victory over Babson College in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday night. Sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) paced the Engineers with a career-high 29 points, including two free throws with eight seconds left in double overtime, to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks.
  • Dolly Yuan Named NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week, Tabbed to NEWBA Honor Roll
    January 23, 2017
    Cambridge, Mass. (January 23) – MIT sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) doubled up on weekly awards as she was selected as the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week in addition to claiming a spot on the NEWBA Honor Roll. Her first accolades from both organizations came after she averaged 18 points, four assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals while shooting 72.2 percent from the floor and 80 percent from three-point range in a 2-0 week for the Engineers.
  • Women's Basketball Downs Coast Guard in 61-54 Final
    January 21, 2017
    The MIT defense forced 25 turnovers and had three players finish in double figures as the Engineers women’s basketball team defeated the U.S. Coast Guard Academy by a 61-54 final on Saturday to sweep the season series from the Bears.
  • Women’s Basketball Tops Emerson, 91-54, to Sweep Season Series
    January 18, 2017
    Despite falling behind 15-6 after five minutes of action, the MIT women’s basketball team went on to defeat Emerson College, 91-54, in a NEWMAC tilt on Wednesday night. Sophomore Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) led all players with a career-high 21 points to go along with a team-best five assists for the Engineers.
  • Kara Holinski Voted to NEWBA Honor Roll
    January 17, 2017
    Springfield, Mass. (January 17) – MIT sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) received her second New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Honor Roll selection this month as announced by the organization on Monday. In a 2-0 week for the Engineers, she averaged 21.5 points, a .485 field goal percentage (.579 from three-point range), 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 assists while playing all but five minutes.
  • Engineers Grind Out 47-44 Win over Wellesley
    January 14, 2017
    Two free throws by sophomore Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) with 17 seconds remaining helped the MIT women’s basketball team secure a 47-44 victory over NEWMAC foe Wellesley College on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and three assists for the Engineers.
  • Strong Second Half Helps MIT Overtake Wheaton, 67-49
    January 12, 2017
    A pair of pivotal runs in the second half propelled the MIT women’s basketball team to a 67-49 victory over Wheaton College in NEWMAC action on Thursday night. Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) amassed a game-high 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the floor for the Engineers, including a 7-of-12 performance from behind the arc.
  • Taylor V’Dovec Claims Spot on NEWBA Honor Roll
    January 09, 2017
    Springfield, Mass. (January 9) – For the second week in a row MIT was represented on the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Honor Roll as sophomore Taylor V’Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) received her first accolade from the organization on Monday. In a 1-1 week for the Engineers, she averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals while shooting 55.2 percent from the floor.
  • Women's Basketball Drops 73-55 Decision To Springfield In NEWMAC Play
    January 07, 2017
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (January 7) - The MIT women's basketball team fell to Springfield College, 73-55, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action inside Rockwell Cage on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. The Pride, which held a five point lead after three quarters, outscored the Engineers 21-8 over the final ten minutes to hand the Engineers their first conference loss of the season.
  • MIT Overcomes Slow Start to Defeat Coast Guard, 66-46
    January 04, 2017
    Despite trailing the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 16-4 after the first quarter, MIT went on to defeat the Bears 66-46 in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) led all players with 22 points while collecting a team-high six rebounds for the Engineers.
  • Kara Holinski Tabbed to NEWBA Honor Roll
    January 03, 2017
    Springfield, Mass. (January 3) – MIT sophomore Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) secured her second placement of the season on the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Honor Roll as announced by the organization on Monday. She averaged 17.3 points, a .435 field goal percentage (.400 from three-point range), 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists as the Engineers went 2-1 including winning the Salem State University Holiday Tournament.
  • Women's Basketball Defeats Salem State, 72-45, to Capture Tournament Title
    December 30, 2016
    A strong opening quarter propelled MIT to a 72-45 win over Salem State University in the championship game of the Salem State Holiday Tournament on Friday afternoon. The victory resulted in the Engineers’ best start in program history as they improved to 9-2. In addition, head coach Sonia Raman became the all-time winningest coach at MIT as she surpassed Jean Heiney’s tally of 86 that was established at the conclusion of the 1987-88 season.
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