Worcester, Mass. - Ama Biney led all scorers with 19 points and host WPI won its sixth straight game, locking down crosstown rival Clark University, 55-45, in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Score: WPI 55, Clark University 45
Records: WPI (17-2, 9-1 NEWMAC); Clark University (12-7, 5-6 NEWMAC)
Location: Harrington Auditorium, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
The first quarter saw a defensive showdown and somewhat sloppy play as the team's combined for 13 turnovers.
In the opening moments of the second quarter, the Engineers pushed their lead to 18-7 but the Scarlet and White rallied to get to within 21-17 at halftime as Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) cashed in on a three-pointer to highlight a 10-1 Clark run.
It seemed as if Biney could do no wrong in the opening parts of the second half as she led the Engineers with ten points in the third quarter alone and the hosts saw their lead jump to 42-30 when Biney nailed a jumper before the quarter buzzer sounded.
Aretha Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.) did her best to keep Clark in the game with seven points in the final period but for every one of Sullivan's points the Engineers answered, shooting 54 percent in the fourth to earn their sixth straight win over the Cougars dating back to 2014.
Inside The Numbers:
The hosts used a dominating presence in the paint, outscoring Clark by a 34-10 margin. The Cougars held an impressive edge from downtown, connecting on 8-of-18 (44.4%) three-pointers while forcing the Engineers to misfire on all but one of their 12 trifecta attempts.
For The Foes:
Biney flirted with a double-double, ending with game-bests of 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
Sullivan topped the Scarlet and White with 12 points and six rebounds. Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) followed with ten points and Rachael Chen (Needham, Mass.) tallied seven and grabbed six boards. Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, R.I.) carried Clark in the paint, blocking four shots and hauling in six boards.
Clark returns home on Wednesday to face Coast Guard at 7:00 p.m.