Bears fall to MIT

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Building on the momentum of a strong close to the first half, MIT (8-11, 4-9 NEWMAC) was able to outmuscle and outscore Coast Guard (7-11, 5-8 NEWMAC) 32-23 in the second half to claim the victory over the host Bears, 62-47. MIT went on a 21-5 run to close the first half and held on to upset Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. After falling behind 19-9 at the 9:28 mark of the first half, MIT clamped down on defense and held Coast Guard to just 3-for-14 shooting to close the first half.

Freshman Sabrina Drammis came off the bench for MIT and lit it up to the tune of 7-for-11 shooting for 14 points to go along with three rebounds and three steals. Sophomores Mari Kordell and Michelle Battipaglia each added in 10 points of their own. Battipaglia and freshman Maya Ramachandran pulled down five rebounds apiece to lead MIT.

Freshman Victoria Sutherland was unable to follow up her 28-point outburst in the Clark game, as she struggled to get anything going from the field, managing just 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting (0-for-5 from three-point range). Joining Sutherland in double figures was junior Kaitlin Ward with 10 (5-for-10 shooting), who also tallied four rebounds and two assists.

Coast Guard was dominant on the glass, outrebounding MIT by a huge 40-23 margin. It was the turnovers that told the story in this one, however, as Coast Guard committed 24, leading to 25 points for MIT. By contrast, MIT committed 17 turnovers but Coast Guard was only able to parlay that into seven points. Additionally, Coast Guard was only able to capitalize on nine of their 18 free throw attempts, while MIT shot a very impressive 13-for-15 from the charity stripe.

Senior Karli Collins contributed eight points (3-for-11 shooting) of her own to go along with a game-high nine rebounds and a team-leading three steals. Sophomore Leigha Steinbeck was able to provide one heck of a spark, pouring in five points and four rebounds in just three minutes of action for the Bears.

"MIT played a great game tonight. They got behind early, but they came back on shot the ball well. Give them credit," said head coach Alex Ivansheck, before continuing, "we had some turnover issues and we missed some easy shots and that really hurt us."

Coast Guard returns to action with a 1:00 pm tip-off against Smith College (17-2, 11-1 NEWMAC) on Saturday, February 2nd as they seek to regain the ground lost in the race for the NEWMAC tournament.

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