January 15, 2014

Late Run Lifts Babson Past MIT, 63-51

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Babson College generated a 15-4 run during the final 3:32 to pull away from MIT and capture a 63-51 victory in a NEWMAC women's basketball game on Wednesday night. Sophomore Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) tallied a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds for the Engineers whose ledger lowered to 6-8 on the year and 3-6 in conference play. Freshman Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) paced the Beavers (6-7, 6-3 NEWMAC) with 16 points as she went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line and snagged four steals.

The early stages were a back-and-forth affair as there were four lead changes and a tie. A layup by freshman Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) gave Babson a lead it would not relinquish and sparked a 14-6 run that resulted in a 26-19 advantage with 5:53 left in the half. Following almost three minutes of scoreless play, MIT junior Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) ended the stalemate with a quick jumper but junior Erin Young (Westwood, Mass.) replied with a three-pointer to give the Beavers some breathing room. With just over a minute left, sophomore Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif.) sank a layup to narrow the Engineers' gap to 29-23 heading into the intermission.

MIT opened the second stanza with an 8-2 spurt to even the score at 31 after 2:34 expired. Babson, however, responded with 12 straight points to surge ahead, 43-31, at the 13:36 mark. Sophomore Kristen Ferola (Amherst, Mass.) produced five points as Narlee tacked on four of her own. Over the course of the next eight minutes, the Cardinal and Gray outscored the Beavers, 16-5, to come within one (48-47) with 5:04 left to play. Drammis registered eight points, including the first three baskets of the run. After an exchange of possessions, a steal by Narlee set up a three-pointer by junior Lindsey Roche (Arlington, Mass.) that sparked the game-ending rally.

Ramachandran posted 10 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks while junior Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md.) recorded eight points and three assists. Battipaglia rounded out the squad with six boards, three blocks, and two steals.

Ferola finished with 14 points while Roche notched 13 points with eight coming during the Beavers' late run. Narlee contributed 10 points and nine rebounds as sophomore Linnett Graber (Roseland, N.J.) totaled nine boards, seven points, and three assists.

Both squads continue NEWMAC play on Saturday, Jan. 18 as MIT will visit WPI while Babson will host Clark University.