WORCESTER, Mass. – Two free throws with 21 seconds remaining in regulation helped Clark University come back to defeat MIT, 50-48, in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Saturday. Sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) led all scorers with 16 points and added four rebounds for the Engineers, whose ledger lowered to 6-7 on the year and 3-5 in conference play.
Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) tallied 13 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks as senior Rachel Hunt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) generated 13 rebounds, seven points, and four blocks for MIT. Junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) produced nine points and three steals while classmate Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) hauled in five boards.
A basket by Drammis on the Engineers' opening possession helped them create a 24-9 advantage with 2:45 left in the half. Clark's offense eventually found its rhythm as it outscored MIT, 6-2, to enter the intermission trailing 26-15.
The Cougars carried the momentum into the second stanza, mounting a 10-3 run to make the score 29-25 at the 13:27 mark. In the next minute, the Cardinal and Gray responded with layups by Hunt and Ramachandran to gain some breathing room. Clark slowly chipped away at the deficit, narrowing the gap to one (44-43) with 4:27 on the clock.
Ramachandran replied with a layup but the Cougars recorded back-to-back baskets to claim their first lead of the day with just over three minutes remaining. Drammis quickly sank a layup to put MIT back in front (48-47); however, Clark hit the first of two free-throw shots to knot the game with 1:54 to go.
A pair of turnovers helped set up three-point attempts by Kordell with 54 and 37 seconds left but her bids bounced out of the rim. On the Engineers' final possession following the Cougars' go-ahead free throws, Kordell lofted a baseline jumper with 10 ticks left that was just off the mark and was corralled by the hosts to secure the victory.
Next up for MIT will be home game against NEWMAC rival Babson College on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m.