Strong Start Propels MIT Past Mount Holyoke, 75-30

Senior Maya Ramachandran
Senior Maya Ramachandran

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The MIT women's basketball team outscored Mount Holyoke College, 27-5, in the first eight minutes of action en route to a 75-30 NEWMAC victory on Saturday afternoon. Senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) led all players with 15 points on a 7-of-7 performance from the floor and added five rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes of action for the Engineers (8-4, 4-1 NEWMAC).

Freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) posted 10 points as senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) totaled eight points, eight rebounds, and two steals for MIT. Freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) generated nine points and six boards while junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) recorded eight points and five assists. Freshman Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) bolstered the balanced attack with seven points and grabbed four rebounds as classmate Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) tallied five boards, three assists, and two steals. Sophomore Lindsay Westlake (Brookline, Mass.) rounded out the squad with five rebounds.

Following its overpowering first-quarter performance, MIT increased its advantage to 34-11 courtesy of a three-point play and layup by V'Dovec early in the second stanza. Mount Holyoke went 3-of-4 at the free throw line during the next three minutes to end its scoring drought; however, the Engineers recorded six of the next nine points as Westlake's layup made the score 40-17 at halftime.

The Cardinal and Gray continued to cruise in the third quarter as it rattled off 15 unanswered points in the first four minutes. Two free throws at the 3:40 mark provided the Lyons with their first points of the frame but the visitors produced a 7-2 spurt to end the quarter ahead, 59-21.

A pair of Gull baskets in the opening two minutes coupled with a V'Dovec put-back gave MIT a 44-point lead with 6:35 left to play. Mount Holyoke put together a 9-2 burst during the next three minutes before the Engineers closed out the game with eight straight points, resulting in the program's largest margin of victory over a conference opponent.

MIT kicks off a three-game homestand on Tuesday, Jan. 12 against NEWMAC foe Clark University.