Women’s Basketball Claims Comeback Victory Over MIT, 65-61

Women’s Basketball Claims Comeback Victory Over MIT, 65-61

Brickley records her fifth double-double of the season in come from behind victory

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team claimed a 65-61 come-from-behind victory over MIT on Wednesday night in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup inside Emerson Gymnasium.

Senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds on 11-of-19 shooting from the floor, including a 6-for-7 performance from the charity stripe. Classmate Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) chipped in with eight points and three assists, while junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) notched 10 points and pulled down five boards to go along with one block and an assist.

MIT junior guard Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island) and classmate Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose) each tallied a double-double for the Engineers. Drammis scored a team-high 25 points, gathered 10 rebounds, and handed out seven assists, while Ramachandran netted 14 points and grabbed 10 caroms. Senior guard Osheiza Otori (Metairie, La./Ridgewood Preparatory School) chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.

After a steal and an offensive rebound from Shoemaker with 2:31 remaining in the game, Shoemaker went on to bury a second chance layup to give the Lyons a 59-55 lead. The Engineers countered with a jumper from Drammis to pull within two points, 59-57, with 2:11 left in the second stanza. Both teams traded layups - via Brickley and Ramachandran - over the next 42-seconds, which kept the Lyons' margin at two points (61-59) with 1:29 to play.

The Lyons then committed a turnover on their next possession allowing Drammis to convert a layup at the other end and tie the game with exactly one minute remaining on the clock. Drammis, who was fouled on the play, missed her ensuing free throw attempt and senior guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) broke free from her spot near the right wing to snatch the loose ball and later fouled in the offensive end after bringing up the ball beyond half court after gaining possession for the hosts.

Wheaton senior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) was then sent to the line as MIT picked up its seventh foul of the stanza and promptly buried both ends of her 1-and-1. The Blue and White followed with a pivotal stop on the game's next possession as Ferrari took away the baseline against Engineers' sophomore guard Liana Ilutzi (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park), while first-year forward Oppie Morris (Ware, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) closed out the lane forcing an errant pass that Kuhn pounced on for the turnover.

Both squads followed with back-to-back 5-second violations that eventually gave possession back to Wheaton with 29-seconds left on the clock. Brickley then sent a baseball pass on the ensuing inbounds play to half court and Kuhn won possession of the ball and banked a fast break layup off the glass to seal the game for the Blue and White at 65-61.

Wheaton opened up the game with a 13-6 spurt that was headlined with eight of Brickley's 28 points in the contest alongside a layup from junior Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) and a deep three from Pierce. Drammis scored 11 of MIT's final 18 points on a three-pointer, two jumpers and a layup over an 18-7 run for the Engineers to close a 14- point deficit, 29-26, in favor of the Lyons, heading into halftime.

The Blue and White shot 43.5-percent (27-for-62) from the field, 21.4-percent (3-for-14) from deep range and 80.0-percent (8-for-10) from the charity stripe. MIT shot 44.3-percent (27-for-61) from the floor, 27.8-percent (5-for-18) from three-point range, and 50.0-percent (2-for-4) from the free throw line.

Wheaton held a 39-33 advantage in rebounds, an 11-0 margin in points from the bench and a 46-34 differential in points in the paint.

Wheaton (7-5, 3-1 NEWMAC) returns to action on Saturday when the Lyons host conference rival Springfield College at 1:00 p.m. MIT (5-8, 1-3 NEWMAC) hits the court on the road this Saturday for a NEWMAC clash with Smith College at 2:00 p.m.