WORCESTER – Seniors Madison Beck (Syracuse, NY) and Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) combined for 28 first half points and 38 for the game as the WPI women's basketball team handed city and NEWMAC foe Clark a 71-35 setback Tuesday night in Harrington Auditorium.
The Engineers (11-3, 4-1) pick up their fourth consecutive win, including a trio of NEWMAC triumphs, while Cougars slip back to .500 (7-7) on the year and are now 1-4 in league action.
Clark enjoyed a 5-0 run to open the game. Beck then sank a jumper to get the Engineers on the scoreboard. The game was even at 7-7 following a triple by senior Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) at 5:38. Following a missed 3-pointer by the Cougars, senior Maura Buckley (Melrose, MA) handed WPI the 10-3 lead courtesy of a traditional three-point play midway through the frame. Clark junior Rachael Chen (Needham, MA) kept the guests within one on two occasions; however, a personal 4-0 run by Beck keyed a six-point outburst for the 18-11 advantage with 2:48 remaining in the quarter. Beck and Buckley pushed the lead to nine (22-13) after 10 minutes of play.
Beck broke the ice in the second at 7:06 to begin another solo run. Biney made it a 15-point game with a steal and a score just over 30 seconds later. Back-to-back-triples by senior Haley Wilder (Rindge, NH) and junior Cori Ouellette (Madison, CT) put the margin back into single digits 4:47 into the stanza. The cushion then ballooned to 16 thanks to a long Biney 3-pointer with 3:12 remaining until the break. Beck added three more with 92 seconds left as the Engineers took the 18-point lead to the locker room.
Wilder interrupted a 7-0 WPI run halfway through the third. Chen added a pair of free throws but the Engineers went up by 28 following a Biney bucket at 1:14. The Engineers largest lead of the game was the final margin of 37.
Biney totaled 20 points with six rebounds, five assists and five steals and Beck finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three steals and a block. Sophomore Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, CA) chipped in with a career-high eight points and Buckley led the way with nine boards to go with three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Wilder paced the Cougars with 14 points and four rebounds and Chen contributed with eight points and three rebounds. Freshman Idalis Miranda (Naugatuck, CT) handed out a team-best three assists.
The Engineers held their guests to 25.6 percent shooting, the second lowest of the campaign, and shot 43.5 percent after beginning 16.7 (1-of-6). WPI also enjoyed the advantage in most statistical categories including a 38-7 margin in the paint.
WPI hosts Coast Guard at Thursday at 7pm as Clark treks to Mount Holyoke for the middle contest of a three-game road trip, also at 7pm Thursday.