Dudley, MA --- WPI rattled off 15 of 16 points during a decisive spurt midway through the second half to key a 65-60 triumph over host Nichols in a semifinal contest Friday evening at 30th annual Worcester City Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Engineers, who received 15 points from Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) and 14 from Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA), will play Worcester State, a 57-33 winner over Becker, in Saturday's 3:30pm title game.
In the first half, Mamayek had 11 of her team-best 15 points. Nichols senior Ashley Robidoux (Milford, MA) had 10 first half points of her own and finished with a game-high 24.
The first half was close throughout. Nichols held the largest leads of the half at 6-0 and 8-2 early, but from there on it was a very evenly played half. Both teams shot an identical 10-28 from the field and 2-6 from beyond the arch. The problem for both teams in the first half was turnovers. WPI had 10 turnovers, while Nichols had eight. As with the rest of the stats, the score was even at 24 heading into halftime.
The game continued to be a back-and-forth battle in the second half. There were 10 lead changes before the mid-point of the frame, but with 11:29 remaining, WPI began a 17-3 run to open up a 51-40 lead.
Nichols would make it interesting late, cutting the lead down to four with a minute remaining, but that was as close as the game would get. Turnovers continued to be a problem for Nichols. The Bison had 13 second half turnovers, finishing the game with 21. WPI controlled the ball much better in the second half, only turning the ball over five times.
The Engineers had a very balanced attack on the scoreboard. Along with the 29 points from Mamayek and Logan, senior guard Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) and freshman guard Kelly Morgan (Hollis, NH) came off the bench to add 12 and 9 points respectively. Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for WPI while Mamayek grabbed eight.
For the Bison, senior Jessica Nelson (North Providence, RI) had a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds. She now stands 56 points away from the 1,000 point mark for her career.
Nichols will take on Becker in the consolation game Saturday at 1:30pm.
Release Courtesy Nichols Sports Information - Steve Solito '12