Heidelberg Rallies to Defeat Engineers, 75-66

Senior Sabrina Drammis
Senior Sabrina Drammis

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Heidelberg University used a 20-9 run during the final six minutes of regulation to come from behind and defeat the MIT women's basketball team, 75-66, at the NYU Tip-Off Classic on Sunday afternoon. Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all players with 21 points, five steals, and three blocks while also tallying nine rebounds and five assists for the Engineers (1-2).

Freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, MIch.), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, produced 15 points and seven rebounds while junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) nearly registered a double-double as she finished with 10 points and a game-high eight assists. Freshman Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) chipped in eight points as senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) bolstered the defense with four rebounds and two blocks.

The game started with back-and-forth scoring until back-to-back Drammis baskets kicked off a 12-3 run that gave MIT a 16-8 advantage at the 2:21 mark. Following turnovers by both sides, Heidelberg hit a three-pointer that was matched by Holinski with six seconds left.

The Engineers and the Student Princes traded baskets for the majority of the second quarter until Ilutzi's three-point play and Holinski's jumper increased MIT's margin to 35-25 with just under three minutes left. Heidelberg then scored six of the next eight points, making the score 37-31 at halftime.

The Student Princes registered the first basket of the third quarter but layups from sophomore Lindsay Westlake (Brookline, Mass.) and Drammis increased the Engineers' cushion. Heidelberg replied with seven unanswered points, coming within one (41-40) with 6:09 on the clock. A layup by Holinski along with a Ngan free throw gave MIT some breathing room, and after a free throw by the Student Princes, a layup by Drammis moved the score to 46-41 at the 3:47 mark. Heidelberg gradually evened the score at 46 but a Holinski basket during the ensuing trip down the court kept the Engineers in front. The Student Princes quickly knotted the game at 48 courtesy of a layup with 29 seconds remaining in the quarter.

MIT kicked off the final frame with a Drammis three-point play after 15 seconds elapsed; however, Heidelberg sank a jumper and a trey to claim its first lead (53-51) since the first quarter. The back-and-forth scoring returned as it resulted in three ties and a lead change at 57-55 on Ramachandran's layup with 6:21 left to play. The Student Princes immediately knocked down a jumper, igniting their game-ending run.

Next up for MIT will be a home game against NEWMAC rival Wellesley College on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1:00 p.m.