Providence, RI --- Rachel Pineda (Shrewsbury, MA) tallied 11 points, six boards and a game-high five steals while Amaia Gritsko (Milford, CT) grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists and Lisa Mendez (Yonkers, NY) also scored in double figures with 11 points as WPI went on the road and defeated Rhode Island College in a non-conference women's basketball contest on Saturday afternoon.
WPI (3-1) raced out to an early 10-0 lead, capped by a three-pointer from Dani Davis (East Granby, CT) with 14:56 remaining in the first half. Meghan Reall (Smithfield, RI) scored the next seven points to cut the WPI lead to three, 10-7, with 12:14 remaining. The Engineers used a 20-11 run to close out the half and take the 30-18 lead into the locker room. Freshman Stasha Greenalch (Newington, CT) scored all eight of her points in the opening stanza, including a pair of 3-pointers.
In the first half, the Engineers shot 38.7 percent (12-for-31) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-for-7) from beyond the three-point arc and 28.6 percent (2-for-7) from the free throw line. RIC shot 18.9 percent (7-for-37) from the field, was perfect from the free throw line (1-for-1) and 15.8 percent (3-for-19) from long range.
WPI took control in the second half, opening up a 16-point advantage on a layup from sophomore forward Tess Nogueira (Merrimac, MA) with 15:01 remaining. The Engineer lead ballooned to as large as 22 points and they rode a lockdown defensive effort to the 21-point victory.
The Anchorwomen (0-4) were paced by Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) tallied nine points and seven rebounds, while Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) chipped in with seven points and Rybecca Gonzalez (Pawtucket, RI), grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. RIC shot 20.9 percent (14-for-67) from the field for the game, while shooting just 13.8 percent (4-29) from three-point range and 42.9 percent (3-7) from the free throw line.
The Engineers shot 33.9 percent (20-for-59) from the field, 43.8 percent (7-for-16) from long range and 47.4 percent (9-for-19) from the charity stripe.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Nov. 25 (5:30pm). WPI concludes a brief two-game road trip the same day at Nichols at 6pm.
Release Courtesy Rhode Island College Sports Information
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