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).

Sophomore Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) led all scorers with 21 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists for MIT. Classmate Alexxis Isaac (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting and sank both of her free throws while registering eight rebounds and two steals. Junior Tamara Pena (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) notched 14 points, four assists, and four rebounds as senior Lauren Sascha Burton (Seattle, Wash.) rounded out the starters with six boards, four assists, and three steals. Freshman Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) chipped in six points, five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 17 minutes off the bench.

As a team, the Engineers shot 51.7 percent from the floor while limiting Bates to a 29.4 percent shooting performance. In addition, MIT held a 46-34 advantage on the boards.

The Bobcats recorded the first basket of the game, but the Engineers scored nine in a row with five coming from Pena. Following its own timeout, Bates drained a three-pointer; however, this was the closest it would get as MIT's lead grew to 15 several times, the last at 34-19 with 5:45 left in the half. The Bobcats narrowed the gap to 10 on three occasions down the stretch as a pair of free throws made the score 38-28 with 1:13 to go before the intermission.

Bates carried the momentum into the second stanza as it generated a 7-1 spurt that trimmed its deficit to four after three minutes elapsed. The Engineers responded with a trey from Kordell which led to 11 unanswered points and a 50-35 advantage at the 11:21 mark. The Bobcats produced back-to-back baskets during the next minute, but MIT replied by outscoring Bates, 24-12, to close out the game.

MIT returns to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 20 for its home debut against Endicott College.