-Score: WPI 62, Clark University 44
-Records: Clark (3-6, NEWMAC 0-3), WPI (5-4, NEWMAC 1-3)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Harrington Auditorium)
-The Lead: The Clark University women's basketball team suffered a setback on down the road at Worcester rival, WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-After WPI junior Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, Calif.) made it a 3-point game with 5:05 left in the first, WPI went on to claim an eight-point advantage with just over a minute left. Moments later, Clark senior Sam O'Gara (Worcester, Mass.) cut the deficit to six. The Engineers then won the second by a count of 19-9 while the second half saw the hosts win each frame by a point for the 62-44 final.
-Sophomore Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) led Clark in the first half with six points on a 3-for-5 showing from the field. She added five points in the second half including a 3-for-5 effort from the free-throw line. Freshman Julia Beebe (Andover, Conn.) came off the bench with five points in the second half for Clark.
-Sophomore Maddie Blake (Bedford, N.H.) accounted for 13 of WPI's 31 first half points. She went 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes. First year Bailey Savage (Charlton, Mass.) added 11 before the break including a 2-for-3 showing from behind the arc. Freshman McKenna Finken (Simsbury, Conn.) led the way for the Engineers in the second half with nine points including a perfect 3-for-3 at the foul line.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Favaloro hauled in a game-best 14 rebounds and scored a team-high 11 points for Clark to go with three steals. O'Gara and Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, RI) each chipped with six points. Ezemma also notched seven rebounds while Beebe turned in five points and six boards. First year Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) contributed three steals for the guests.
-Savage finished with 15 points while Blake was a rebound shy of a double-double finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Caitlin Boermeester (Billerica, MA) also equaled a career-best before the break and went on to finish with five assists on the day. Junior Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, Calif.) once again guided the Crimson and Gray bench with her second double-double of the season, this time with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks. Senior Alyssa Paul (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) and Blake each accounted for three steals.
-WPI shot 30.8% from the field while Clark finished shooting 25% from field goal range.
-The Engineers edged the Cougars in rebounding, 46-39.
-Clark forced WPI to make 20 turnovers and converted those into 23 points. Clark turned the ball over 21 times but the Engineers scored just 11 points off of those.
WPI welcomes UMass Boston to Harrington Auditorium on December 30 to open the WPI Holiday Tournament at 5:00 p.m. The event also features Roger Williams and No. 8 Scranton, the Engineers NCAA first round opponent in 2016. Clark hosts Suffolk Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Kneller Athletic Center.