MIT Falls to WPI, 54-35

Junior Liana Ilutzi
Junior Liana Ilutzi

WORCESTER, Mass. – Host WPI outscored MIT, 26-11, during the final 13 minutes of regulation en route to a 54-35 NEWMAC women's basketball victory on Saturday night. Freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) paced MIT with nine points as its record lowered to 13-6 on the year and 8-3 in conference play.

Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) tallied nine rebounds, eight points, and three steals as freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) registered eight rebounds and seven points. Junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) bolstered the Cardinal and Gray's outing with four assists.

A back-and-forth first quarter saw MIT hold an 8-7 edge at the end of the frame. Four lead changes and a tie occurred in the second stanza as a Drammis layup put the visitors in front, 15-14, with 3:43 of the clock. A basket on WPI's next possession gave it the lead for good and kicked off an 8-0 run to close the quarter.

The first five minutes of the third quarter featured an exchange of baskets until a V'Dovec free throw, a layup by Drammis, and a jumper from freshman Sophie Gershon (New York, N.Y.) brought MIT within 28-24 at the 3:26 mark. WPI replied with another eight-point spurt down the stretch before outscoring MIT 18-11 in the final frame.

MIT concludes its NEWMAC road trip at Wellesley College on Wednesday, Feb. 3.