Northampton, MA --- Seniors Priscilla Dunphy (Barrington, RI), Sarah Rogers (Colchester, CT) and Tess Nogueira (Merrimac, MA) accounted for 42 of WPI's 57 points as the Engineers concluded their three-game NEWMAC-opening road trip with a 57-50 victory at Smith on Wednesday evening. With their eighth straight victory, the Crimson and Gray improve to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in conference action while Smith dips to 5-3 on the season and 1-2 in NEWMAC play.
Despite leading since 2:26 into the contest, WPI was clinging to a one-point advantage at 48-47 after Erin Hanley (San Francisco, CA) knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:29 left to cap a 5-0 Smith spurt. The guests quickly countered as Rogers nailed a 3-pointer off a pass from Maura Buckley (Melrose, MA) with 1:12 remaining. Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) stole the ensuing inbounds pass and after three Smith fouls, Dunphy drained a pair of free throws to push the advantage to six at 53-47 with just 40 seconds left. Rogers and Dunphy each added two more free throws in the final 22 seconds sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Smith's Sydney Koh (Seattle, WA) to account for the game's final score of 57-50.
Dunphy equaled her career-high with 19 while Rogers established a new career scoring standard with 13, including connecting on all three of her trifecta attempts. Dunphy was also impressive from downtown, hitting 3-of-4 3-point attempts, while the pair each grabbed five rebounds. Nogueira's 10 points were a season best and one off her career high. She led all players with seven rebounds on the night. Buckley chipped in with six points and six rebounds while Biney corralled six boards and Madison Beck (Syracuse, NY) tossed in six points.
Smith did not have a player reach double figures in scoring but saw Hanley scored nine points and grab four rebounds. Samantha Alakai (Pukalani, HA) finished with eight points while Mandy Castro (San Diego, CA) and Meghan Holland (Atherton, CA) each ended up with seven points.
Rebounding was a key for the Engineers as WPI held a 40-27 edge on the glass and an impressive 12-1 advantage in second change points. Points in the paint were few and far between with the visitors accounting for 8 of the 10 in the contest.
WPI is now off for nearly two weeks for final exams. The Engineers will be back in action on Monday, December 19th at Bates at 1pm. Smith heads to Westfield State for a 3pm matchup this Saturday afternoon.