2013-2014 WPI Women's Basketball Headlines

  • 17 Winter Student-Athletes Pocket NEWMAC All-Academic Recognition
    February 24, 2014
    Boston, MA --- 17 WPI student-athletes from four winter sports have earned NEWMAC All-Academic honors, as announced by the conference office. Women’s Swimming and Diving led WPI with eight awardees while Men’s Swimming and Diving picked up five. Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2013 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at his or her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
  • Late Surge at MIT Not Enough for Women's Basketball to Snare Playoff Spot
    February 22, 2014
    Cambridge, MA --- Despite a late surge that saw WPI come within four points with 54 seconds left to play, MIT hit four free throws down the stretch to claim a 56-48 victory on Saturday afternoon. With the win, MIT claimed the seventh and final spot in the upcoming NEWMAC Championship tournament, marking its first playoff appearance since 2008. WPI, who would have claimed the final tournament bid with a victory, finishes its season with a 10-15 mark and a 8-12 record in conference play.
  • Late Run Pushes Coast Guard by Women's Basketball in Home Finale
    February 19, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Coast Guard sophomore Meghan Fornaro led all players with 15 points, while junior Dani Knox followed close behind with 14, as the visiting Bears weathered a second half wave from host WPI, retaking the lead with 2:13 to go and holding on for a 56-54 NEWMAC women’s basketball victory. WPI falls to 10-14 on the season and 8-11 in NEWMAC action and are tied with MIT (a 57-56 winner at Babson) for the seventh and final NEWMAC Tournament spot. The two teams meet Saturday at 3pm in Cambridge in a winner take all contest.
  • WPI Athletes of the Week #22
    February 17, 2014
    Men's Basketball's Domenick Mastascusa and Women's Basketball's Siena Mamayek were named WPI Student-Athletes of the Week. Mastascusa came off the bench to share top scoring honors with his 18-point effort in a key road win at MIT as Mamayek averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 bounds and the Engineers bolstered their playoffs chances with a pair of victories.
  • Mamayek and Morgan Pace Women's Basketball to Senior Day Triumph
    February 15, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Siena Mamayek posted her first career double-double and Kelly Morgan came through with several key baskets as WPI’s two seniors drove the women’s basketball team to one of its best results of the season, a 55-45 win over Wellesley on Senior Day at Harrington Auditorium. Mamayek totaled 14 points and 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards, and also shot 6-of-9 on the afternoon. Junior Dani Davis led all scorers with 17 points, netting 11 in the second half, including a 6-for-6 day at the foul line.
  • Women's Basketball: Mamayek and Gritsko Star In Key NEWMAC Win at Emerson
    February 12, 2014
    Boston, MA --- Siena Mamayek amassed 13 points and five rebounds and Amaia Gritsko contributed six points and five steals to lead WPI to an important 55-47 NEWMAC road victory over Emerson on Wednesday evening. WPI improves to 9-13, with an in-conference record of 7-10. The Engineers are a game ahead of MIT and Clark for the seventh and final NEWMAC tournament spot with three games to go. Emerson is now 8-14 on the season, and 4-13 in NEWMAC play.
  • Women's Basketball Toppled In Tight Contest by Wheaton
    February 08, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Wheaton received game-highs of 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks and a key 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining from sophomore Kiley Shoemaker en route to a hard-earned 65-60 NEWMAC women’s conference victory over host WPI on Saturday afternoon. Dani Davis led WPI (8-13, 6-10 NEWMAC) with 14 points, to go with six rebounds and three assists, while Rachel Pineda followed with 12 points, three rebounds and a team-leading six assists.
  • Streaking Smith Upends Women's Basketball in NEWMAC Matchup
    February 06, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Junior Paulina Solis pumped in 24 points and classmate Lauren Weston dropped a career-high 14 points as the Smith College basketball team defeated WPI, 66-34, in a NEWMAC women’s basketball game on Thursday night in Harrington Auditorium. Lisa Mendez paced the Engineers with 10 points as sophomore grabbed seven rebounds and junior Dani Davis blocked a game-high three shots.
  • Snowstorm Postpones Basketball Doubleheader to Thursday
    February 05, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- The forecasted winter storm for Wednesday has forced the postponement of Wednesday's home basketball doubleheader. The games - the men against Emerson and the women versus Smith - will now be played on Thursday, February 6th. Please note the start time for the men will be 5pm (from 5:30pm) while the women will remain a 7:30pm tip.
  • Gritsko Post a Double-Double As Furious Women's Basketball Rally Falls Short
    February 01, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Amaia Gritsko brought the late heroics on Saturday afternoon against Babson, but the Engineers rally all the way back in time, falling in a 55-53 heartbreaker at Harrington Auditorium.WPI scored the final eight points, including an old-fashioned 3-point play by Gritsko with 39 seconds left to draw the game within a single basket, but the Engineers couldn’t convert a last-gasp 3-pointer. Gritsko led all players in points (19) and rebounds (10) for her second double-double. She shot 8-of-9 from the field with 11 points in the second half.
  • Davis and Women's Basketball Surge By Springfield 53-49
    January 29, 2014
    Springfield, MA --- Dani Davis poured in a game-high 21 points, including three trifectas, and Kelly Morgan added eight points as the WPI women’s basketball team went on the road Wednesday and defeated host Springfield 53-49 in NEWMAC action in Blake Arena. PI scored eight unanswered points to surge ahead 50-42. The key bucket in the stretch came with 4:22 left on the clock, as Davis drained a three-pointer with just two seconds on the shot clock.
  • Clark Rallies Past Women's Basketball Despite Career Night from Mamayek
    January 22, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Clark erased a 14-point second half deficit as the host Cougars rallied past crosstown rival WPI, 57-53, in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening. WPI's Siena Mamayek led all scorers with a career-best 19 points (7-for-12) and five boards, while Dani Davis scored 14 of 15 points in the first half. She added eight rebounds and six assists in a game-high 38 minutes. The Engineers (7-10, 5-7 NEWMAC) have a week off until they play again – a road contest at Springfield on January 29.
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute Names Laurie Leshin as its 16th President
    January 21, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- After a six-month intensive search, the Board of Trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has elected Laurie Leshin, PhD, as the university's 16th president. Over the past 20 years, Leshin, a geochemist and space scientist, established herself as both an academic and administrative leader, having cultivated an impressive career at NASA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Arizona State University (ASU), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Leshin was selected to lead WPI from an initial candidate pool of approximately 200.
  • Morgan and Davis Fuel Comeback for Women's Basketball at Mount Holyoke
    January 19, 2014
    South Hadley, MA --- A layup by Dani Davis tied the game with 12 seconds left and the WPI women's basketball team held on in overtime for a 63-56 win against Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC action on Sunday. With the victory, the Engineers move to 7-9 overall and 5-6 in conference play. Down 51-47 with 26 seconds left to play, WPI saw Kelly Morgan nail a jumper to cut the deficit to two. Hauling in the defensive rebound after a missed free throw, Amaia Gritsko got the ball up the court and into the hands of Davis, who drained a layup to tie the game at 51-all with 12 seconds left in regulation.
  • Davis and Gritsko Help Women's Basketball Stave Off MIT
    January 18, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Juniors Dani Davis and Amaia Gritsko both delivered on Saturday afternoon against MIT as the WPI women’s basketball team took a 51-49 victory over their NEWMAC rivals at Harrington Auditorium. Both teams are now 6-9 on the season with WPI improving to 4-6 in conference play while the visiting Engineers slip to 3-7 in NEWMAC action. Davis scored 15 points and hit all four free throws to lead the hosts while Gritsko tallied her first career-double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, doing most of her damage in the second half with eight points and seven rebounds after the break.
  • Late Dry Spell Dooms Women's Basketball at Coast Guard
    January 15, 2014
    New London, CT --- Coast Guard limited WPI to just one field goal over the final 9:34 en route to a 61-49 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory on Tuesday night. Amaia Gritsko led WPI with 10 points while Morgan and Jessica Larsen each chipped in with eight and Rachel Pineda, Dani Davis and Siena Mamayek both added six.
  • League-Leading Wellesley Pulls Away from WPI
    January 11, 2014
    Wellesley, MA --- Wellesley allowed just 16 second half points, as the Blue topped visiting WPI, 57-37, in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Saturday. The win, the eighth in a row for the Blue, improves Wellesley to 10-2 overall, 7-1 in the NEWMAC. The Engineers dip to 5-8 overall, 3-5 in conference play. WPI was paced by an 11-point effort from senior Kelly Morgan, while senior Siena Mamayek recorded eight points and five rebounds. Junior Rachel Pineda finished with five points and a team-high four assists, while junior Dani Davis picked up five rebounds and three steals in the loss.
  • Pineda's Quick Start Sparks Women's Basketball in Defeat of Emerson
    January 09, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Junior point guard Rachel Pineda scored the first six points of the game to get WPI rolling in a 64-46 NEWMAC women’s basketball win over visiting Emerson at Harrington Auditorium on Thursday evening. Pineda tied with fellow junior Dani Davis with a game-high 16 points as the Engineers posted their second-highest point total of the season. Jessica Larsen and Amaia Gritsko each had seven rebounds for the team-high. Larsen also scored six points, while captain Siena Mamayek contributed seven points and five rebounds.
  • Women's Basketball Upended at Undefeated Wheaton
    January 07, 2014
    Norton, MA --- Wheaton, ranked No. 22 in the USA TODAY Sports/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Top-25 poll, ran its winning streak to 12-straight games with a 64-39 victory over WPI in NEWMAC women’s basketball action at Emerson Gymnasium on Tuesday night. WPI guards Dani Davis and Kelly Morgan both tallied a team-high nine points. Freshman forward Tess Nogueira registered five points, six rebounds and one block and senior forward Siena Mamayek had five points and two steals.
  • WPI Athletes of the Week #16
    January 06, 2014
    Men's Basketball's Zach Karalis and Women's Basketball's Jessica Larsen were named WPI Student-Athletes of the Week. Karalis came off the bench to spark the Engineers with 15 points to help the visitors rally for a 70-64 win over city foe Becker while Larsen notched her first career double-double as she poured in 11 points and led all players with 10 rebounds as WPI went on the road and defeated Smith 69-61 in overtime
  • Larsen and Davis Lead Women's Basketball by Smith in Overtime
    January 04, 2014
    Northampton, MA --- WPI rallied from a five-point deficit with just over two minutes to go in regulation to defeat host Smith 69-61 in overtime in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon. Dani Davis led five WPI players in double-figures with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Rachel Pineda, Jessica Larsen, Siena Mamayek and Amaia Gritsko each had 11. Those five combined for 60 of WPI's 69 points. Larsen had a double-double, collecting 10 boards to go with her 11 points.
  • Davis and Gritsko Combine for 24 in Women's Basketball's West Coast Finale
    December 30, 2013
    Thousand Oaks, CA --- Jessica Salotollo was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field including five three-pointers as she scored 19 points and led Cal Lutheran to a 78-50 non-conference women's basketball victory over WPI during the final day of the Posada Royale Winter Classic at Gilbert Arena Monday afternoon. Dani Davis led the Engineers with 14 points while Amaia Gritsko was a pair of rebounds shy of a double-double as she pulled down eight boards and added 10 points. Siena Mamayek and Kelly Morgan each pitched in with seven points. Jessica Larsen had five points and two rebounds off the bench for a total of eight points and four caroms in a pair of games in her home state.
  • UC Santa Cruz Pulls Away From Women's Basketball in Posada Royale Opener
    December 29, 2013
    Thousand Oaks, CA --- The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs used an early 13-2 run to pull away from WPI in a 64-37 non-conference women's basketball victory on Sunday afternoon at the Gilbert Arena as part of the 2013 Posada Royale Classic Tournament hosted by Cal Lutheran. WPI (3-5) was paced by nine points from Davis on a trio of 3-pointers with Luna chipping in six as nine different Engineers netted as least one point. Mamayek shared game-high honors with three assists. On the glass, both Mamayek and Tess Nogueira grabbed six boards and seven players had a steal.
  • Basketball’s Longwell and Nogueira Cited by WACBA
    December 16, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- Men’s Basketball junior Sam Longwell and Women’s Basketball freshman Tess Nogueira have earned major weekly awards from the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA). Longwell was named the organization’s Men’s Player of the Week while Nogueira was selected as the WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week. Junior Dani Davis was placed on the honor roll while Anna Maria’s Trafficia Warburton hauled in Women’s Player of the Week accolades.
  • WPI Athletes of the Week #15
    December 16, 2013
    Women's Basketball's Tess Nogueira and Men's Basketball's Sam Longwell were named WPI Student-Athletes of the Week. Nogueira stuffed the stat sheets with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, a pair of steals and a block in a 51-43 WACBA victory over Anna Maria while Longwell averaged 24 points and 6.5 rebounds as the nationally-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week.
  • NEWMAC to Host NCAA Division III Integration Symposium
    December 12, 2013
    Boston, MA --- The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) will conduct an NCAA Division III Integration Symposium on Thursday, December 12 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, Mass. The symposium will bring together key, institutional partners from across the conference in an effort to discuss ways in which NEWMAC member institutions, individually and collectively, might best support the NCAA Division III philosophy that “a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s overall educational experience.”
  • Davis and Nogueira Propel Women's Basketball Past Anna Maria
    December 12, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI women’s basketball team got 17 points from top scorer Dani Davis as the Engineers held off non-conference foe Anna Maria 51-43 in their final home tilt of the calendar year on Thursday night. WPI started to pull away late in the first half, leading by double digits for most of the second half. Davis gave the hosts their largest lead, 44-26 with 8:48 to go. The junior’s total matched her season-high from November 23 against Clark.
  • Women's Basketball Drops NEWMAC Road Contest at Babson
    December 07, 2013
    Babson Park, MA --- Sophomore Linnett Graber poured in a game-high 20 points, and Babson held visiting WPI to just three second-half field goals to pull away for a 62-38 victory in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium. The win stopped a two-game skid for Babson, which is now 2-5 overall and 2-3 in league play, while WPI drops to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Junior Dani Davis led the Engineers with 13 points and six rebounds.
  • Springfield Breaks Away from Women's Basketball 52-43
    December 04, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- After a 10-day layoff due to the Thanksgiving holiday, WPI women’s basketball found itself on the losing end against Springfield Wednesday night at Harrington Auditorium, falling 53-42 at home. Sophomore Jessica Larsen tied for the team lead with 10 points off the bench, going 5-for-7 from the field on a tough shooting night for WPI, as the rest of the team shot just 21 percent from the floor. Junior Dani Davis matched Larsen’s 10 points, also contributing six rebounds. Davis accounted for three of the Engineers’ four 3-point field goals.
  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball Claims Three of Four WACBA Weekly Honors
    November 25, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- Men’s Basketball junior Sam Longwell and Women’s Basketball junior Dani Davis have been named the Worcester Area College Basketball Association Players of the Week for the week ending November 24, 2013. Freshman Tess Nogueira collected her second Rookie of the Week nod while rookie Sean Doncaster was placed on the honor roll.
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