CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three MIT players recorded double-digit scoring performances in a 72-40 victory over Simmons College in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night. Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) produced the 32nd double-double of her career as she tallied a game-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four steals for the Engineers (16-6). Senior Nicole Alberghini (Northborough, Mass.) paced the Sharks (7-14) with 10 rebounds, eight points, and two steals.
A three-pointer by freshman Francesca Corsinetti (Johnston, R.I.) gave Simmons a 5-2 edge but freshman Taylor V'Dovec's (Blaine, Wash.) layup on MIT's ensuing possession kicked off a string of 15 unanswered points. The Sharks ended their scoring drought with 1:20 left in the quarter courtesy of an Alberghini layup while junior Ashley McAdams's (Freeport, N.Y.) lay-in during the visitors' next trip down the court narrowed the gap to 17-9. Drammis then capped the scoring with a layup of her own with 28 seconds on the clock.
A basket from junior Liz Brasa (East Hartford, Conn.) 29 seconds into the second quarter once again brought Simmons within eight. The Engineers replied with quick buckets by Drammis and freshman Dolly Yuan (San Jose, Calif.) to reestablish the double-digit margin, which gradually grew to 33-17 on freshman Sophie Gershon's (New York, N.Y.) jumper midway through the quarter.
Two Corsinetti free throws at the 3:42 mark ended a three-minute scoring drought; however, freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) knocked down a three-pointer that sparked a 9-2 spurt for the hosts. Alberghini provided the final points of the half when her layup dropped in at the buzzer, making the score 42-23 in favor of MIT.
Brasa drained a pair of free throws after 1:15 elapsed in the third quarter but the Engineers went on to outscore Simmons, 18-5, in the frame. Holinski accounted for seven points as MIT's advantage ballooned to 60-30 heading into the fourth quarter. The final 10 minutes of action were a balanced affair as the Cardinal and Gray had a 12-10 edge on the scoreboard.
Holinski and Gershon both finished with 12 points as Yuan tallied a game-high six assists in addition to six rebounds and two steals. Freshman Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) collected five rebounds while junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) dished out five assists.
Brasa registered seven points, four rebounds, and two steals as Corsinetti posted seven points and a team-high three assists. McAdams bolstered the balanced attack with seven points while snagging two steals.
Both squads are back in conference action on Saturday, Feb. 13. MIT will travel to NEWMAC rival Springfield College while Simmons will visit GNAC foe Emmanuel College.