WORCESTER, Mass. – A 24-8 third quarter helped the MIT women's basketball team pull away from Clark University en route to a 69-43 NEWMAC victory on Wednesday night. Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all players with 20 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and added three steals as the Engineers improved to 3-2 on the year and 2-0 in conference play.
Freshman Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) tallied 16 points, six rebounds, and a game-high four steals as classmate Micayla Flores (Chadds Ford, Pa.) generated eight points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals coming off the Cardinal and Gray's bench. Senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) and freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) both contributed eight points while junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) recorded five assists and three steals.
MIT established a 12-4 advantage midway through the first quarter but over the course of the next two minutes Clark narrowed the gap to three (12-9) courtesy of a three-pointer. Layups by Ngan and Drammis at 45 and three seconds, respectively, sandwiched a Cougar free throw as the Engineers held a 16-10 edge at the end of the frame.
Both squads traded baskets to start the second quarter with a Holinski trey increasing MIT's lead to 21-12 at the 7:32 mark. Clark recorded a pair of layups; however, the visitors put together a 6-2 spurt with Flores accounting for all of the scoring as MIT had a 27-18 advantage with 3:42 left. The Cougars drained a layup on their next possession, setting off an exchange of baskets that saw the Engineers enter halftime with a 31-24 lead.
The back and forth scoring continued into the third quarter as a Clark free throw brought it within 35-27 with 6:49 on the clock. A steal by Drammis 42 seconds later resulted in a Ngan layup, igniting a 20-5 run that closed the stanza. MIT maintained its comfortable cushion in the fourth quarter as it outscored the Cougars, 14-11.
Next up for the Engineers will be a home game against NEWMAC foe WPI on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3:00 p.m.