Northampton, MA --- Smith scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back in a 63-39 NEWMAC win over WPI on Wednesday night.
Smith, which has not lost at home this season, is now 13-2, and 8-1 in the NEWMAC, while WPI is 9-6, and 5-4 against NEWMAC opposition.
Rosa Drummond led all players with 17 points, while adding nine rebounds. Paulina Solisadded 15 points, seven boards, and four assists, and Sydney Parkmond chipped in 12.
Parkmond scored Smith's first two baskets, while WPI misesd their first three shots, and committed four turnovers in the opening five minutes. Amanda Zakoske's fast break layup upposed Smith's lead to 10-0, and after Chelius got the Engineers on the board, Lauren Weston's putback of a Solis miss pushed the lead to 16-4.
Back-to-back hoops from Drummond gave Smith a 20-8 lead, and the Pioneers closed the half with a triple from Solis and another basket from Parkmond for a 34-14 lead at halftime. WPI made just four baskets in the first half, while committing 15 turnovers.
The Pioneers poured it on in the second half, starting with a 10-3 run and going up by as many as 35 on Bethany Claps' layup with 8:52 remaining.
Smith will host MIT in their next contest, a 2pm tip-off on January 19. WPI will travel to cross-city rival Clark, with the game scheduled to start at 3pm.