CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the first meeting between both programs, the MIT women's basketball team defeated Drew University, 66-52, on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all players with 21 points and added nine rebounds and two steals as the Engineers improved to 6-3 on the year. Senior Courtney Stephens (Pikesville, Md.) paced the Rangers (5-5) with 17 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Following a tight opening quarter that ended tied at 11, Drew inched out to a 17-16 lead courtesy of a Stephens layup at the 6:45 mark. Following almost 90 seconds of scoreless play, a jumper by Drammis ignited a 12-2 run that put MIT ahead, 28-19, with 2:37 left. Drammis provided eight points during the rally while senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) contributed two layups. A layup by Stephens stopped the Rangers' four-minute scoring drought as junior Hannah Miller (Rumson, N.J.) brought the visitors within five (28-23) following her own layup with 1:23 on the clock. This was as close as it would get as baskets by junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) and Drammis gave the hosts a comfortable cushion heading into halftime.
The Cardinal and Gray carried the momentum into the third quarter as it outscored the visitors, 10-4, in the first three minutes to go up 42-27. Facing a double-digit deficit for most of the frame, Drew narrowed the gap to nine (48-39) on a three-pointer from freshman Hailey Stine (Annandale, N.J.) at 3:45. However, MIT replied with six straight points to finish off the quarter with a 54-39 advantage. Freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) registered the basket that started the spurt and then bookended it with two free throws.
The Engineers gradually increased their lead to 59-41 midway through the fourth frame. Despite the deficit, Drew continued to attack as a Stephens three-point play brought it within 11 (59-48) with 3:23 remaining. The score swung two points in both directions for the next three possessions as a layup from junior Sam Lane (Commack, N.Y.) once again brought the Rangers within 11 points at the 1:48 mark. A layup by Drammis 24 seconds later ended the comeback attempt before she capped off the scoring with a free throw with just under a minute left to play.
Ramachandran finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks as Ilutzi tallied eight points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Freshman Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) totaled 12 points while V'Dovec added nine points coming off the bench.
Miller generated 10 points, followed by eight from junior Ryan Jackson (Freehold, N.J.). Sophomore Michaela Keegan (Mendham, N.J.) totaled six points, three assists, and three steals as sophomore Ally Rauf (Stewartsville, N.J.) hauled in five rebounds.
Both squads continue non-conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 30. MIT will host Bowdoin College while Drew will continue its four-game road trip at RPI.