Engineers Fall to Endicott, 49-38

Senior Rachel Hunt

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 15-2 run that spanned eight minutes in the second half propelled Endicott College to a 49-38 victory over MIT in a non-conference women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Kelsey Cuddy (Madison, Conn.) led all scorers with 14 points and added three steals and two blocks for the Gulls (6-2). Sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) generated nine rebounds, eight points, and two steals for the Engineers (5-4).

A tight first half eventually saw Endicott take a 19-14 lead on a layup from junior Kayleen Whall (Foxboro, Mass.) with 3:25 on the clock. An exchange of baskets ensued as sophomore Sabrina Drammis's (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) jumper brought MIT within 23-20 at the intermission.

Drammis scored on the Engineers' opening possession of the second stanza; however, Cuddy's basket sparked the Gulls' pivotal run that resulted in a 38-24 advantage at the 9:53 mark. Senior Jennifer White (Lisbon, N.H.) posted six points during the rally, followed by five from Cuddy and four from senior Julie Manning (Hull, Mass.).

MIT battled back, narrowing the gap to five (40-35) on a layup by freshman Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J.) with 5:04 to go. Endicott responded by reestablishing its double-digit cushion over the course of the next three minutes but junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) buried a three-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to narrow the gap to 45-38. The Gulls thwarted any attempt at a late rally by the Engineers courtesy of Whall's layup and a pair of free throws from White during the final 32 seconds.

Kordell finished with eight points, three assists, and two steals while Drammis recorded eight points and seven rebounds. Senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) tallied eight boards, six points, and three blocks as Ilutzi dished out a game-high four assists.

White registered 11 points and eight rebounds as senior Samantha Crough (Cohasset, Mass.) posted 10 points and eight boards for the visitors. Manning contributed eight points, seven rebounds, and two blocks while Whall notched nine rebounds and six points.

Both squads return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4 in a pair of conference match-ups. MIT will visit NEWMAC foe Wellesley College while Endicott will host the University of New England of The Commonwealth Coast Conference.