BOSTON, Mass. – Free throws by senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) during the final 22 seconds of regulation helped the MIT women's basketball team come from behind to defeat Emerson College, 61-58, in a NEWMAC game on Tuesday night. Holinski finished with a game-high 17 points in addition to nine rebounds as the Engineers improved to 7-4 on the year and 3-1 in conference play.
Drammis totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, and two steals as junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) generated 11 points, five assists, and four boards. Senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) and freshman Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) both posted eight points while Ramachandran added five rebounds and two assists.
Emerson jumped out to a 14-5 lead and maintained its comfortable cushion, ending the frame up 20-13.
Baskets by freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) and Ramachandran brought MIT within three following the first minute of the second stanza. A defensive battle ensued until a pair of layups increased the Lions' advantage to 24-17 at the 6:15 mark. The Engineers countered with a Holinski three-pointer and two Ilutzi free throws but an Emerson trey set off an exchange of baskets down the stretch, moving the score to 32-26 at halftime.
One minute into the third quarter, the Lions capitalized on a pair of baskets to establish a 10-point advantage. Despite the deficit, MIT continued to attack as a three-pointer by Holinski ignited an 11-4 run that trimmed the margin to 44-41 at the end of the period.
The Engineers carried the momentum in the final frame by producing an 8-4 spurt to go in front, 49-47, at the 7:04 mark. An Emerson put-back kicked off another stretch of back-and-forth scoring until a trifecta gave it a 54-51 edge halfway through the quarter. A layup by Holinski on MIT's next trip down the court was later matched by the Lions with 3:03 left to play. Following a timeout by the visitors, Drammis's lay-in once again brought the Cardinal and Gray within one; however, Emerson quickly increased its edge to 58-55.
With 1:07 on the clock Holinski knocked down a jumper and then MIT committed a pair of fouls. The Engineers eventually forced a turnover with 29 seconds remaining, with a foul resulting in Drammis going to the charity stripe where she sank both shots to give them the one-point lead. The Lions nearly went ahead but their layup with 10 ticks to go was off the mark as Holinski grabbed the rebound. A quick foul put her at the free-throw line where she produced the final points of the game. Emerson's three-point attempt to send the game to overtime was unsuccessful as Holinski hauled in another defensive board to secure the victory.
Next up for MIT will be a trip to NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, Jan. 9.