SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. – A 27-3 run that spanned the first and second quarters helped MIT record a 66-34 victory over Smith College in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) tallied a game-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting while generating eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks for the Engineers (13-4, 8-1 NEWMAC).
Senior Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) also had an efficient outing for the Cardinal and Gray as she generated 13 points by hitting six of her seven field-goal attempts in addition to registering eight boards and two blocks. Freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) totaled seven points, four rebounds, and three assists while junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) dished out a game-high six assists. Coming off the bench, freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) hauled in five rebounds as classmate Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) grabbed two steals.
MIT jumped out to a 10-3 lead courtesy of a Ramachandran layup at the 6:51 mark of the first quarter. An exchange of baskets ensued during the next three minutes, moving the score to 14-9. On the Engineers' ensuing possession Drammis knocked down a jumper, igniting the visitors' game-changing run. MIT held a 20-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter and then outscored Smith, 21-3, in the second stanza en route to a 41-12 lead at halftime.
The second half was a balanced affair as the Engineers registered 25 points to the Pioneers' 22.
Next up for MIT will be a home game with NEWMAC rival Babson College on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 8:00 p.m.