Cambridge, Mass. - February 11, 2013 - The MIT women's basketball team led wire-to-wire as it surged past visiting Springfield College, 55-34, on Monday evening in a New England's Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup.
The loss dropped the Pride's record to 3-19, 1-15 in league play.
Bickelhaupt did most of her damage from the charity stripe, going 8-for-11 in the contest, to go along with five boards. Tamara Tribble added eight points, and Emily Walker snagged nine rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.
Two 18-point performances by sophomores Michelle Battipaglia and Mari Kordell powered MIT to the win, as the Engineers improved to 10-12 on the year and 6-10 in conference play.
A three-point play by Bickelhaupt evened the score at seven but a Kordell three-pointer followed by a layup from freshman Maya Ramachandran gave MIT some breathing room. Springfield stayed within striking distance courtesy of a layup and later on a free throw from Bickelhaupt which brought it within two (14-12) at the 13:11 mark.
The Engineers recorded the next four points; however, the Pride once again narrowed the gap to two (18-16) on a put-back by Tribble with four minutes left in the half. Back-to-back Battipaglia jumpers re-established the six-point cushion but Bickelhaupt’s layup and freshman Alyssa Unikewicz’s free throw cut the deficit in half (22-19) heading into the intermission.
MIT opened the second stanza with a 6-1 spurt that featured four points from Battipaglia. An exchange of baskets ensued as a jumper by sophomore Andrea Moschetta brought Springfield within six (30-24) with 15:37 left to play. This was as close as it would get as Kordell drained a pair of free throws and then a three-pointer on the Engineers’ next possession to spark a game-ending 25-10 run.
In addition to her career-high scoring performance, Battipaglia tallied eight rebounds, six steals, and two blocks. Kordell dished out a career-best seven assists as freshman Sabrina Drammis posted eight points, four rebounds, and three steals.
A season-high 18 steals helped MIT generate a 25-6 advantage in points off turnovers. The Engineers also had an 11-3 margin in bench scoring but Springfield produced a 20-14 edge in points in the paint.
The Pride will play again on Wednesday evening when it hosts Mount Holyoke at 7:30 pm.