CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds en route to a career total of 868 in MIT's 66-45 NEWMAC women's basketball win over Emerson College on Wednesday night. In addition to eclipsing the 26-year old mark of 866 set by Maureen Fahey '90, Drammis led all players with 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting as the Engineers improved to 17-7 overall and 11-4 in conference play. For the Lions (10-14, 5-10 NEWMAC), senior Kelsey Johnson (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the way with 12 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks.
MIT controlled the action from the start as it outscored Emerson, 25-5, in the first quarter. The second stanza was a balanced affair with both teams registering 15 points. The Lions put together a 10-6 spurt during the last five minutes of the quarter as junior Elizabeth Horan's (Ashland, Mass.) three-pointer made the score 40-20 at halftime.
The visitors opened the third quarter with a Johnson layup and a free throw by senior Janissa Delzo (Middlesex, N.J.). The Engineers responded with a 13-5 run as freshman Kara Holinski's (Livonia, Mich.) three-pointer gave the hosts a 53-28 advantage with 4:18 on the clock. A jumper by Horan two minutes later set off an exchange of baskets down the stretch, shifting the score to 57-34 heading into the final frame.
Two free throws from freshman Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) along with a 1-of-2 outing at the charity stripe by classmate Sophie Gershon (New York, N.Y.) pushed the Cardinal and Gray to its largest margin of the night at 26. Johnson responded by scoring all seven of Emerson's points in a 7-2 spurt before the back-and-forth scoring closed out the game.
V'Dovec totaled 10 points while Gershon recorded nine points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Freshman Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) notched eight points and six rebounds as junior Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) posted seven points and five assists. Holinski contributed seven points and five rebounds while freshman Maude Gull (Zurich, Switzerland) hauled in six rebounds.
Sophomore Sierra Ducey (Poway, Calif.) produced nine points and three assists for the Lions as sophomore Maya Savino (Killingworth, Conn.) added six points and two assists. Horan finished with five points while freshman Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England) grabbed a game-high two steals.
Next up for both squads will be their NEWMAC regular season finales on Saturday, Feb. 20. MIT will visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy while Emerson will host WPI.