Big Second Quarter Helps Engineers Capture 57-41 Victory over Clark

Freshman Kara Holinski
Freshman Kara Holinski

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 17-4 run that spanned eight minutes in the second half propelled the MIT women's basketball team to a 57-41 victory over Clark University in a NEWMAC game on Tuesday night in Rockwell Cage. Freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) led all players with 16 points and added seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Engineers (9-4, 5-1 NEWMAC). The Cougars (3-11, 1-5 NEWMAC) were paced by sophomore Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.), who generated 14 points, five steals, four rebounds, and three assists.

With the scored tied at four, a three-pointer by Holinski at the 6:14 mark sparked a 9-2 spurt down the stretch that saw MIT enter the break with a 13-6 lead. Eight seconds into the second quarter O'Gara buried a three-pointer to keep Clark close; however, Holinski replied with a trey of her own which kicked off the Engineers' pivotal run. A layup by O'Gara at the buzzer ended the Cougars' four-minute scoring drought and made the score 30-15 at halftime.

A layup by Clark junior Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) on its first possession of the third quarter set off an exchange of baskets until MIT recorded six straight points to go up 38-19 with 6:17 on the clock. Despite the deficit, the visitors continued to attack, coming within 46-34 courtesy of a Sullivan free throw with five seconds remaining. On the Cardinal and Gray's ensuing possession, junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) quickly found freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) for a buzzer-beating layup.

The early stages of the fourth frame were a defensive battle until a Sullivan layup ended the stalemate at 7:30 and once again brought Clark within 12. A free throw by senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) during MIT's next trip down the court resulted in a string of eight unanswered points that put the game out of reach.

Drammis finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, and three steals as senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) chipped in nine points. Freshman Sophie Gershon (New York, N.Y.) bolstered the offense with seven points coming off the bench while Ilutzi dished out a game-high six assists. Freshman Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) rounded out the squad with two steals.

Sullivan collected a game-high 10 rebounds, including six off the offensive glass, to go along with seven points. Senior Sami Dokus (Littleton, Mass.) tacked on six points as freshman Arielle Pierre (Valley Stream, N.Y.) earned three assists. Freshman Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) strengthened the Cougars' defensive effort with three steals.

Both squads are back in NEWMAC action on Thursday, Jan. 14. MIT will host Wheaton College while Clark will travel to Emerson College with both games tipping off at 7:00 p.m.