Coast Guard Holds Off MIT, 77-56

Senior Rachel Hunt
Senior Rachel Hunt

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy used a 15-4 run during the final five minutes of regulation to secure a 77-56 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Tuesday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) paced the Engineers (2-3, 1-2 NEWMAC) with 18 points and five steals in addition to registering seven rebounds and two assists.

Senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) generated 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks coming off the bench while sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) tacked on eight points for MIT. Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) notched seven points and three assists as classmate Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) chipped in four points and four rebounds.

The Bears scored the first five points of the game and eventually held a 17-8 advantage midway through the half. The Engineers narrowed the gap to four (23-19) on a Drammis layup with 5:39 on the clock, but Coast Guard rattled off eight unanswered points during the next 1:31 to claim its largest lead of the half. MIT responded by closing the frame with a 14-4 run that saw it enter the intermission trailing, 35-33. Drammis accounted for six points during the rally as her steal and layup with 24 seconds to go resulted in the halftime score.

The hosts gained some breathing room early in the second stanza courtesy of a layup and two free throws; however, Hunt's three-point play cut the Engineers' deficit in half (39-36) at the 16:55 mark. The Bears produced a seven-point spurt over the course of the next 90 seconds, but MIT battled back to come within five on two occasions, the last on sophomore Durva Bhandare's (North Brunswick, N.J.) three-pointer that made the score 50-45 with 12:03 left to play. Coast Guard gradually reestablished its double-digit cushion; however, the Engineers stayed within striking distance as Drammis's put-back brought them within 10 (62-52) with 5:33 remaining. The Bears then replied with their game-ending run to capture the victory.

Next up for MIT will be a home game against local foe Simmons College on Wednesday, Dec. 4.