Endicott Rallies Past Engineers, 48-46

Junior Tamara Pena
Junior Tamara Pena

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Endicott College outscored MIT, 27-4, during the last 16 minutes of regulation en route to a 48-46 come-from-behind victory in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night. Freshman McKenzie Farquharson (West Haven, Conn.) paced the Gulls' (3-0) balanced attack with nine points off the bench to go along with seven rebounds. Junior Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) led the Engineers (1-2) with a game-high 15 points and added two steals.

MIT jumped out to a 14-4 lead after four minutes expired but Endicott battled back, narrowing the gap to one (18-17) at the 13:08 mark Sophomore Kayleen Whall (Foxboro, Mass.) registered seven points during the spurt before a three-minute defensive battle ensued. Pena ended the stalemate with a layup and followed with a three-pointer as the Engineers closed the half on a 12-4 run which resulted in a 32-21 advantage.

The Cardinal and Gray registered eight straight points during the first four minutes of the second stanza, creating its largest margin of the night (40-21). The Gulls slowly chipped away at the deficit as their game-changing rally included 16 unanswered points and put them ahead, 48-44, with 1:27 left to play. Junior Samantha Crough (Cohasset, Mass.) drained a pair of jumpers which evened the score at 44 and then sophomore Katelyn Wright (Sudbury, Mass.) followed with a trey and a free throw later on to put the visitors in front for good.

Freshman Sabrina Drammis's (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) jumper ended MIT's scoring drought with 1:11 to go. After a missed three by Wright, sophomore Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) hauled in the rebound which set up MIT's final charge. The Engineers had three opportunities to force overtime or capture the victory during the final 18 seconds but their attempts were just off the mark.

Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) posted 12 points and four rebounds for MIT while freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) tallied 18 boards, six points, four blocks, and two assists. Isaac finished with six points, four rebounds, and two steals as senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) notched five rebounds and five assists.

Senior Jen McBrien (Medfield, Mass.) and Crough both recorded eight points and five rebounds for the Gulls while junior Jennifer White (Lisbon, N.H.) led the way with nine rebounds. Wright totaled seven points as junior Ashley Walenta (Plainfield, Conn.) hauled in seven rebounds.

MIT returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 when it hosts Emerson College in another non-conference tilt. Endicott takes on Salve Regina University on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in its first Commonwealth Coast Conference game of the year.