Engineers Overpowered by No. 21 Babson

Sophomore Tamara Pena
Sophomore Tamara Pena

BABSON PARK, Mass. – A string of 18 unanswered points during the first half propelled nationally-ranked No. 21 Babson College to a 70-41 win over the MIT women's basketball team in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) tallied 13 points, four rebounds, one block, and one steal to lead the Engineers.

Sophomore Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) both collected eight rebounds while Pena added five points and two steals. Sophomore Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) posted six points and three boards as junior Anna Merrifield (Honolulu, Hawaii) contributed six points and two steals.

A pair of baskets by freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) sandwiched two Babson field goals during the first three minutes of the contest. On their ensuing possession, the Beavers responded with their game-changing run which put them ahead, 22-4, midway through the frame.

After four minutes of scoreless play, MIT generated a 10-4 spurt that cut its deficit to 12 with 3:53 to go. Battipaglia got things going with two free throws as Kordell chipped in eight points on two three-pointers and a pair of free throws. Babson countered by scoring eight of the next 10 points; however, Hunt closed the half with a three-point play that made the score, 34-19, at the intermission.

A layup from Hunt opened the second-half scoring while the Beavers followed with back-to-back baskets. Kordell buried a trey on the Engineers' next trip down the court to narrow the gap to 38-24 with 16:42 on the clock. Babson then mounted an 18-4 run in a six-minute span that put the game out of reach.

Next up for MIT (7-6, 3-4 NEWMAC) will be its first home game of the new year against league foe Springfield College on Saturday, Jan. 14.