Worcester, MA --- Leslie Leong (Sacramento, CA) notched game-highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds and Morgyne Weaver (Oklahoma City, OK) came off the bench to add 16 points to propel Wellesley to a 58-51 road win over host WPI in a NEWMAC women's basketball match-up on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue are now 6-7 on the season and 5-3 in conference action while WPI dips to 4-11 overall and 2-6 in NEWMAC play. The win snaps the Engineers' 12-game winning streak in the series and is the first win for Wellesley over WPI since February 19th, 2005.
The visitors parlayed ten first half offensive rebounds into a 11-2 advantage in second chance points to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room at intermission. The Blue never trailed until WPI's Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) drained a 3-pointer with 13:34 remaining to give the Engineers a 32-31 lead.
Wellesley quickly responded with a 16-8 run to claim a lead it would not relinquish. Leong and Weaver combined for 14 of the 16 Blue points during the spurt, including a trio of 3-pointers by Leong and a conventional 3-point play from Weaver.
The double-double was the fourth of the season for Leong and ninth of her career. Malia Maier (Torrance, CA) was outstanding for Wellesley, doling out eight assists and swiping seven steals while Weaver chipped in with six boards. Ashleigh Sargent (Bedford, NH) aided the Blue effort with six points and four boards.
Dani Davis (East Granby, CT) paced the WPI attack with 12 points, seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. Hannmann scored all 11 of her points for the hosts in the second half while Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH) added a season-best 11. Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) tallied nine points and eight rebounds while Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) handed out five assists.
WPI concludes a two-game home stand on Wednesday, hosting Smith at 7pm. Wellesley is also home at 7pm on Wednesday, entertaining Coast Guard.