WORCESTER – Senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) became the 18th WPI women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone and led all student-athletes with 19 points in a 60-42 victory over visiting Bates Saturday in Harrington Auditorium.
In addition to the milestone, Biney recorded her third career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with two blocks and a steal. Fellow senior Madison Beck (Syracuse, NY) posted her first career double-double with career highs of 17 points and 10 boards. The other 40 percent of the scoring was led by senior Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) with six followed by classmate Brianna Dozier (Dedham, MA) with five. Seniors Maura Buckley (Melrose, MA) and Stasha Greenalch (Newington, CT) added each added four to the effort for a senior total of 55 points. Freshman Maddie Blake (Bedford, NH) chipped in with four and junior Katie Nugent (Huntington, NY) canned a free throw.
Sophomore Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, NJ) paced the Bobcats with 10 points as freshman Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, MA) was the team's top rebounder with eight. Senior Nina Davenport (Freeport, ME) and sophomore Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, CT) combined for 17 points and senior Emily Freedland (Marblehead, MA) hauled in six boards.
With the exception for an early tie, Bates led most of the first. The Bobcats were up by five with 2:35 left before a 5-1 run, keyed by a pair of layups by Biney and Nugent's freebie, for the one-point Bates margin after 10 minutes of action. The difference spiked back to four following a Binkhorst triple at 7:16. Dozier used a traditional three-point play and Biney netted another layup en route to the 20-20 tie with 5:08 left in the half. The game was even again at 23-23 and 25-25 before Beck had the final say with a jumper in the waning moments of the stanza.
Out of the break, Beck added two more field goals to make sure the Engineers remained in the lead for the remainder of the game. The guests made it a two-point game at 7:10; however, the Crimson and Gray began to pull away and enjoy a pair of 10-point cushions, including the 44-34 advantage heading into the fourth. With two minutes to play, WPI owned a 21-point margin following a layup by Buckley. Senior Lyse Henshaw (Brunswick, ME) later sank a three for the 60-42 final.
WPI scored 46 of the 64 total points in the paint while Bates' bench outscored the Boynton Hillers 15-13.
The Engineers (4-0) begin NEWMAC action Wednesday with a 7pm start at Mount Holyoke. The Bobcats (1-3) travel to University of New England Monday for a 6pm intrastate showdown.
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