Ramachandran leads MIT past women’s basketball
SALEM, Mass. — MIT raced out to a big lead thanks to white-hot shooting in the first half and never looked back, as the Engineers cruised past the Bates women’s basketball team 74-51 in the consolation game of the 2012 Salem State Tip-Off Tournament at the O’Keefe Center.
Mari Kordell had a game-high 21 points and Maya Ramachandran recorded her second straight double-double to lead the way for MIT, which improved to 1-1. Bates fell to 0-2.
After the Bobcats scored the game’s first basket, MIT tore off nine straight points, including five from Tamara Pena. The Engineers built the lead to 15, 30-15, on a jumper by Alexxis Isaac, and cruised into the locker room with a 38-28 advantage. MIT shot a blazing 58% (18-31) in the first 20 minutes, while Bates shot 31% (10-32).
The Bobcats crept within four in the opening minutes of the second half, as senior captain Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) hit a pair of jumpers to cut the deficit to 39-35. MIT broke the game open, however, with an 11-0 run, led by six points from Isaac and a 3-pointer from Kordell. Bates would not get closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Ramachandran was a force inside, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, while finishing with seven blocked shots. She was named all-tournament for her two-game performance, including a 14-point, 19-point, eight-block outing against Salem State on Saturday. Isaac added 18 points and Pena finished with 14, as the Engineers shot 52% (31-60) for the game.
Bates was led by all-tournament selection Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.), who scored a team-high 16. O’Connell was the only other Bobcat in double figures, with 14 points. Bates shot just 29.4% (20-68) from the field and was outrebounded 46-34.
Senior captain Allie Beaulieu (Swampscott, Mass.) scored seven points and led the Bobcats with four assists. Sophomore Allaina Murphy (Poland Spring, Maine) led Bates with seven rebounds.