Women's Basketball Splits Regular Season Series With MIT Engineers

Women's Basketball Splits Regular Season Series With MIT Engineers

Brickley posts her second double-double of the season

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team was dealt a 62-50 loss by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday night in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup at the duPont Athletic Center.

Sophomore forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) turned in her second double-double of the season for Wheaton with 16 points on 4-of-18 shooting and 12 rebounds. Freshman forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) registered eight points, nine rebounds, one assist and one block. Sophomore guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) collected eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Earlier this season, Wheaton posted a 61-58 overtime victory against MIT at home on January 16.

The Engineers had three players score in double-figures as freshman guard Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head Island) led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes off of the bench. Sophomore forward Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) contributed 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting, five rebounds two assists and one steal. Freshman guard Durva Bhandare (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick Township) added ten points and three assists.

Wheaton outrebounded MIT, 49-29, including a 22-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The Engineers shot 44.6-percent (22-for-56) from the field, 30.0-percent (3-for-10) from long distance and 64.3-percent (9-for-14) from the free throw line. The Lyons went 28.6-percent (16-for-56) from the field, 33.3-percent (3-for-9) from three-point range and 71.4-percent (15-for-21) at the line.

MIT and Wheaton stayed deadlocked for the majority of the first half as the Engineers only held more than a two-possession lead on two separate occasions during the opening stanza at the 12:22 mark (13-5) and also at 8:29 (15-7). MIT never trailed in the contest after claiming an early 7-5 advantage with 14:42 on the scoreboard. Brickley led all scorers in the half with nine points and five rebounds. Drammis tallied six points and brought down three rebounds to guide the Engineers offensively.

In the second half, Wheaton cut its deficit to one point (30-29) with an 11-9 run over the opening four minutes and 38-seconds of play after trailing 21-18 at the break. Shoemaker got the offense going with a jumper at 18:58 and Kuhn followed with a three-point basket at 18:29 to bring the game to a 26-23 score in favor of MIT. Brickley converted two free throws at the 18:06 mark and freshman guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) closed out the run with a jumper shot at 16:37 and a layup at 15:22.

MIT responded with a 10-0 run using four different scorers to take a 40-29 advantage with 12:31 left to play in the game. Battipaglia and Drammis had three points each while Bhandare and sophomore guard Mari Kordell (Ijamsville, Md./Urbane) chipped in with two points apiece. The Engineers led by as many as 16 points (52-36) with 5:31 remaining.

Wheaton (8-16, 5-12 NEWMAC) hosts Mount Holyoke in a NEWMAC clash on "Senior Day" this Saturday at noon. MIT travels to Clark University on Saturday for a NEWMAC matchup at 1 p.m.