2012-13 MIT Women's Basketball Headlines

May 16, 2013
Karen Kinnaman ’06: A Hero Among Us
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For eleven months per year, Karen Kinnaman ’06—a soon-to-be chief resident of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program—is based out of Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For the other month, she can be found at Mount Auburn Hospital, a community hospital located in a quiet part of Cambridge, which is where she was on Friday, April 19, 2013.

February 27, 2013
NEWMAC Announces Winter Academic All-Conference Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A league-leading 28 athletes represented MIT on the 2013 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Winter Academic All-Conference Team. Criteria includes a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale, achieving second year academic status at his or her institution, and being a member of a varsity team for the entire season.

February 16, 2013
MIT Falls to Clark, 74-61, in Season Finale
WORCESTER, Mass. – The MIT women’s basketball team saw three players reach double-digits in scoring but it would not be enough as it fell to Clark University, 74-61, in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led the Engineers with 16 points, six steals, and four assists. The Cardinal and Gray finished the season with an overall record of 11-13 and a 7-11 mark in conference play.

February 15, 2013
Women's Basketball Team Meets with Chairman and CEO of Los Angeles Sparks
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Last Wednesday, the MIT women’s basketball team had the opportunity to meet with Paula Williams Madison, chairman and CEO of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and a member of the WNBA Board of Governors. A former executive for NBCUniversal, Madison served as the keynote speaker of MIT’s 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration.

February 13, 2013
Engineers Defeat Wheaton, 62-50
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A balanced scoring attack coupled with 14 unanswered points in the second half helped power the MIT women’s basketball team past Wheaton College, 62-50, in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) racked up eight points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Engineers (11-12, 7-10 NEWMAC). Sophomore Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah) registered 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line and hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds for the Lyons (8-16, 5-12).

February 11, 2013
Battipaglia and Kordell Lead MIT Past Springfield, 55-34
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of 18-point performances by sophomores Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) and Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) powered the MIT women’s basketball team to a 55-34 victory over Springfield College in a NEWMAC game on Monday night. With the win, the Engineers improved to 10-12 on the year and 6-10 in conference play while recording their first series sweep of the Pride. Sophomore Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn.) paced Springfield (3-19, 1-15 NEWMAC) with 14 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the free throw line while grabbing five rebounds.

February 6, 2013
No. 18 Babson Defeats Women's Basketball, 54-39
BABSON PARK, Mass. – Nationally-ranked No. 18 Babson College used a 22-4 second-half run to break open a tight game en route to a 54-39 victory over MIT in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday night. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) compiled 13 points, seven steals, four rebounds, and two blocks for the Engineers whose ledger lowered to 9-12 on the year and 5-10 in conference play.

February 2, 2013
Balanced Attack Powers MIT Past Mount Holyoke, 57-44
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s basketball team saw four players reach double-digits in scoring as it defeated Mount Holyoke College, 57-44, in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all scorers with 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading the Engineers (9-11, 5-9 NEWMAC) to their first series sweep of the Lyons. Sophomore Amber Legare (Chicopee, Mass.) paced Mount Holyoke (5-14, 3-11 NEWMAC) with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.

January 31, 2013
Burton Tabbed for Capital One Academic All-District Women's Basketball Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row, senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District women’s basketball team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. As a result, she will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on in February.

January 30, 2013
First-Half Rally Propels Engineers Past Coast Guard, 62-47
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The MIT women’s basketball team generated a 20-4 run during the final seven minutes of the first half en route to a 62-47 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) led all scorers with 14 points and had three steals as the Engineers improved to 8-11 on the year and 4-9 in conference play.

January 26, 2013
WPI Edges out Women's Basketball, 37-34
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the strength of an 11-of-12 performance from the free throw line, the WPI women’s basketball team edged out MIT, 37-34, in a NEWMAC game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) tallied seven points, five rebounds, two steals, and a block for MIT (7-11, 3-9 NEWMAC) while junior Siena Mamayek (Melrose, Mass.) registered seven points and six rebounds for WPI (11-7, 7-5 NEWMAC).

January 23, 2013
Second-Half Run Propels Wellesley Past MIT, 47-42
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 19-5 run that spanned eight minutes in the second half helped power Wellesley College past the MIT women’s basketball team, 47-42, in a NEWMAC game on Wednesday night. Junior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) tallied seven rebounds, six points, six blocks, and three steals for the Engineers (7-10, 3-8 NEWMAC). Senior Malia Maier (Torrance, Calif.) produced a game-high 13 points and six steals to go along with five rebounds and four assists for the Blue (9-6, 8-3 NEWMAC) which picked up its sixth straight win.

January 19, 2013
Smith Rallies to Defeat Engineers, 58-46
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Host Smith College rattled off 10 unanswered points during the final six minutes of regulation to defeat the MIT women’s basketball team, 58-46, in a NEWMAC contest on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J.) compiled 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals for the Engineers who fell to 7-9 on the season and 3-7 in conference play.

January 16, 2013
Wheaton Comes From Behind to Defeat MIT, 61-58, in Overtime
NORTON, Mass. – In a game of runs, Wheaton College came out on top with a 61-58 overtime decision against MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) racked up a game-high 23 points as she tallied the Engineers’ final 11 points, including the tying bucket with six seconds left in regulation and all seven of their points in the extra session. She also added five rebounds, four assists, and three steals to MIT’s cause as its ledger lowered to 7-8 on the year and 3-6 in conference action.

January 12, 2013
Dominant Second Half Powers MIT Past Springfield, 53-28
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT outscored Springfield College, 30-10, in the second half en route to a 53-28 win in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. The 25-point margin of victory is the largest for the Engineers against the Pride (2-12, 0-8 NEWMAC) and helped them improve to 7-7 on the year and 3-5 in conference action. Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) and sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) both registered a game-high 12 points for MIT as Ramachandran added 12 rebounds, six blocks, and two assists.

January 10, 2013
First-Half Run Propels No. 21 Babson Past Women's Basketball
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind the strength of a game-high 22 points from senior Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass.), nationally-ranked No. 21 Babson College recorded a 53-35 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Thursday night. The forward also tacked on 11 rebounds, four blocks, and three steals to help the Beavers improve to 12-1 on the year and 7-0 in conference play while also picking up the program’s 72nd straight NEWMAC win. Sophomore Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) produced a team-high eight points coming off the bench for the Engineers (6-7, 2-5 NEWMAC).

January 8, 2013
Engineers Fall to Smith, 63-47
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Smith College produced a pair of big runs in the second half to lift it to a 63-47 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Tuesday night. Junior Rosa Drummond (Rye, N.H.) led all scorers with 18 points as the Pioneers extended their winning streak to nine and improved to 11-1 on the year and 6-0 in conference play. Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) posted 11 points and five rebounds for the Engineers, whose record moved to 6-6 overall and 2-4 in the NEWMAC.

January 5, 2013
Late Rally Powers Clark Past MIT, 49-45
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 12-2 run that spanned seven minutes late in the second half helped propel Clark University to a 49-45 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) tallied nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists for the Engineers who saw their ledger lower to 6-5 on the year and 2-3 in conference play. Junior Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass.) led all scorers with 16 points, including seven during the Cougars’ (8-4, 3-2 NEWMAC) pivotal run, to go along with four steals.

January 2, 2013
Women’s Basketball Grinds Out 55-43 Win over Johnson & Wales
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the first meeting between both programs, MIT emerged with a 55-43 victory over Johnson & Wales University in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) paced the Engineers (6-4) with 18 points to go along with six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

December 29, 2012
Balanced Performance Propels MIT to 54-35 Win over Gordon
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its return to action following the holiday break, the MIT women’s basketball team defeated Gordon College, 54-35, on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) paced the Engineers’ (5-4) balanced attack with her third double-double of the season on 10 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three steals. Sophomore Brooke Kratche (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) led the Fighting Scots (2-7) with a game-high 13 points while adding 10 rebounds, five steals, and two assists.

December 7, 2012
Engineers Defeat Mount Holyoke, 65-52
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – A balanced performance along with two key runs in the second half helped propel the MIT women’s basketball team to a 65-52 win over Mount Holyoke College in a NEWMAC game on Friday night. Senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) paced the Engineers (4-4, 2-2 NEWMAC) with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, including a 3-of-5 performance from behind the arc and a 2-for-4 outing at the charity stripe.

December 4, 2012
Coast Guard Edges Out MIT, 36-32
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Meghan Fornaro (Charlton, Mass.) buried a jumper with 38 seconds left to play and then added a free throw with five ticks left to lift the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to a 36-32 victory over MIT in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Tuesday night. Fornaro ended the evening 10 points, nine rebounds, and three steals as the Bears improved to 4-3 on the year and 2-1 in conference play. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) paced the Engineers (3-4, 1-2 NEWMAC) with seven points to go along with six rebounds.

December 1, 2012
MIT Falls to WPI, 68-56
WORCESTER, Mass. – A 20-11 run during a six-minute span in the second half helped propel WPI to a 68-56 win over the MIT women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon. Junior Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) tallied 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block for the Engineers (3-3, 1-1 NEWMAC).

November 28, 2012
Women's Basketball Battles Wellesley for 45-39 Victory
WELLESLEY, Mass. – In the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both squads, the MIT women’s basketball team emerged with a 45-39 victory over Wellesley College on Wednesday night. Sophomore Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) tallied a game-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals for the Engineers, who improved to 3-2 on the year.

November 26, 2012
Maya Ramachandran Named NEWBA/PrestoSports Rookie of the Week
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Following an impressive start to the women’s basketball season, MIT freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) was voted the New England Women’s Basketball Association/PrestoSports Rookie of the Week. Through four games, she has averaged 9.3 points, 13.8 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 steals for the Engineers.

November 24, 2012
MIT Tops Emerson, 61-43
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head, S.C.) tallied 11 rebounds, 10 points, five assists, and three steals in its 61-43 win over Emerson College in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Kristin Brice (Indiana, Pa.) paced the Lions (2-2) with 11 points, seven boards, and two steals.

November 20, 2012
Endicott Rallies Past Engineers, 48-46
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Endicott College outscored MIT, 27-4, during the last 16 minutes of regulation en route to a 48-46 come-from-behind victory in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Tuesday night. Freshman McKenzie Farquharson (West Haven, Conn.) paced the Gulls’ (3-0) balanced attack with nine points off the bench to go along with seven rebounds. Junior Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) led the Engineers (1-2) with a game-high 15 points and added two steals.

November 18, 2012
Balanced Attack Powers Women's Basketball Past Bates, 74-51
SALEM, Mass. – The MIT women’s basketball team saw four players reach double-digits in scoring as it defeated Bates College, 74-51, in the consolation game of the Salem State University Tip Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) was named to the All-Tournament Team after compiling 15 rebounds, 11 points, seven blocks, and five assists for the Engineers (1-1).

November 17, 2012
Ramachandran Leads MIT in Loss to Salem State
SALEM, Mass. – In the opening game of the Salem State University Tip Off Tournament, the MIT women’s basketball team fell to the host Vikings, 66-55, on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) paced the Engineers (0-1) with 19 rebounds, 14 points, eight blocks, and four steals. MIT continues tournament play tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. against either Western Connecticut State University or Bates College.

October 10, 2012
Women's Basketball Releases 2012-13 Schedule
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The renewal of several dormant rivalries along with the team's first trip to Rhode Island in 11 years highlight the 2012-13 MIT women's basketball schedule. In addition, the Engineers square off with NEWMAC opponents in 18 games.

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DSL/DUE Staff Night at Rockwell Cage on Tap for Thursday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A halftime treat and a chance to participate in the “26 Acts of Kindness” campaign honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy will be in store for fans that attend tomorrow night’s MIT basketball doubleheader. Things will kick off with the MIT men facing off against Coast Guard at 6 p.m. and the women following with a game against Babson College at 8 p.m.