Raman Named NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball Collects Two All-Conference Awards

Head coach Sonia Raman and sophomores Kara Holinski and Taylor V'Dovec
Head coach Sonia Raman and sophomores Kara Holinski and Taylor V'Dovec

Boston, Mass. (February 28) – MIT women's basketball head coach Sonia Raman was voted the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season while the Engineers received multiple first-team All-Conference selections for the first time in program history as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Sophomores Kara Holinski (Livonia, Mich.) and Taylor V'Dovec (Blaine, Wash.) secured MIT's all-conference awards while classmate Kristen Ngan (Sudbury, Mass.) was named to the newly established NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport, who best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct.

In her ninth season, Raman guided MIT to an overall record of 20-6, tying the Institute record for wins in a season. The Engineers set a new standard for NEWMAC victories as they compiled a ledger of 13-3. The Cardinal and Gray's regular-season performance in the league helped it clinch the No. 4 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament for the second year in a row.

The NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and All-Conference second-team pick in 2016, Holinski set the MIT record for made three-pointers in a season with 60. She paced the conference in three-point field goals, ranked third in three-point field goal percentage (.400), fifth in points (368), sixth in points per game (14.2) and field goals (138), and ninth in field-goal percentage (.457).

The recipient of her first All-Conference nod, V'Dovec led the league in field-goal percentage (.558), was fifth in points per game (14.3) and field goals (139), sixth in points (343), seventh in blocks (23), and ninth in rebounds (171) and rebounds per game (7.1).

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