Springfield Tops Engineers, 62-53

Freshman Kara Holinski
Freshman Kara Holinski

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –Springfield College mounted a 13-4 run during the final four minutes of regulation to pull out a 62-53 win over MIT in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) powered the Engineers (16-7, 10-4 NEWMAC) with 20 points.

Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) compiled 17 points, eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks as classmate Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) registered seven points and four rebounds. Freshman Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) chipped in seven points while fellow rookie Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) added four rebounds.

After the first quarter ended tied at 10, Springfield inched out to a 16-12 lead at the 3:36 mark of the second stanza. MIT came within one on two occasions, the last on a Holinski free throw with 1:21 on the clock. The Pride countered with a jumper on its next possession, making the score 22-19 at halftime.

Holinski buried a three-pointer to start the third quarter but two Springfield layups created a small cushion for the hosts. The Cardinal and Gray stayed within striking distance as a pair of Ngan free throws narrowed the gap to 32-29 midway through the frame. The Pride responded by going on a 10-4 run to close out the quarter.

The Engineers chipped away at the deficit as Ramachandran's layup brought them within three (46-43) at the 5:41 mark of the fourth quarter. During the next minute, Springfield knocked down a three-pointer but a Drammis layup along with Ngan's steal and layup shifted the score to 49-47. This was as close as it would get as the Pride put together its game-ending run to claim the victory.

MIT will host local NEWMAC rival Emerson College in its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m.