February 15, 2012

Dramatic Women's Basketball Finish at Springfield Featured on D3hoops.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Not your typical buzzer-beater, MIT's play during the final 14 seconds of regulation capped off by two free throws from freshman Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) with no time on the clock earned the women's basketball team a spot on the D3hoops.com Buzzer Beater list following its 51-50 win over Springfield College. Video of Saturday's come-from-behind rally can be found here.

With the Pride holding a 49-45 lead with 1:54 left to play, both squads had chances to move the score but they could not convert as Springfield eventually turned the ball over with 21 seconds remaining. Freshman Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) sank a layup six seconds later and on the in-bounds Isaac fouled a Springfield player, sending her to the charity stripe with 14 seconds on the clock. The Pride hit the front end of a one-and-one, but freshman Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) hauled in the ball after the missed second attempt. Kordell followed with a layup with eight ticks left and on the in-bounds Battipaglia stole the ball. She fired it to Isaac who had a clean look at the basket but was fouled just before the buzzer. Springfield called a timeout, but Isaac drained both shots to clinch the victory.

With the win, the Engineers improved to 10-12 on the year, marking their first 10-win season since the 2007-08 campaign, and raised their league record to 6-10. In addition, the victory over the Pride was the first for the Cardinal and Gray since 2003. MIT returns to action tonight at NEWMAC foe Wheaton College. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. and you can follow the action via live stats.