Blake and Vinson Shine in Women’s Basketball’s City Tournament Opener

Maddie Blake
Maddie Blake

WORCESTER – Sophomore Maddie Blake (Bedford, NH) poured in a career-high 20 points to lead the WPI women's basketball team to the 2018 Worcester City Tournament championship game with a 62-47 triumph over visiting Becker Friday night in Harrington Auditorium.

The Engineers look to become the second program to achieve five consecutive titles other than Clark Saturday night at 7pm versus the winner of the nightcap between the Cougars and Worcester State. Becker will play the other team in the 5pm consolation game.

Junior Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, CA) also established career-bests with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Freshman Bailey Savage (Charlton, MA) debuted with eight points and seven boards while senior Alyssa Paul (Schaghticoke, NY) accounted for five of the Engineers 14 helpers.

Becker senior Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, CT) handed in a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with a trio of steals and junior Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, MA) paced the team with 16 points. Senior Ciara McKissick (Charlton, MA) added seven caroms.

The hosts raced out to a 19-0 advantage before Harrison broke the ice with a layup as 2:25 remained in the first period. Becker had attempted four field goals and committed seven turnovers while WPI was 7-for-11 with only one turnover to that point in the contest.

The Crimson and Gray went up by as much as 27 with 1:10 left in the half. Becker then used six free throws, including a pair with no time on the clock, to cut the deficit to 22.

It remained a 20-plus point margin until freshman Riley Berry (Margate, FL) canned a jumper with 1:17 to go in the third. Becker continued to chip away and slice the difference to nine as Harrison drained a 3-pointer with 4:07 to play. The hosts once again pulled away to finish the game with the 15-point margin following a late layup by Becker's Dowdy.

The Engineers hauled in seven more rebounds (26-29) and committed 11 fewer turnovers (24-13). As a team, Becker went 10-10 at the charity stripe.

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Berkel Boosts Worcester State Past Clark in City Tournament Semifinal

WORCESTER -- Senior Kaitlyn Berkel (Waterford, CT) totaled 13 points, 22 rebounds and three blocks to guide the Worcester State women's basketball team to a 58-49 triumph over Clark in the 2018 Worcester City Tournament championship game Friday night in WPI's Harrington Auditorium.

The Lancers will vie for the program's fourth title when they face the hosts at 7pm while the Cougars will meet Clark in the 5pm consolation contest.

Sophomore Sam Maglione (Lancaster, MA) scored a game-best 15 points and registered three steals as junior Sam Ellis (Grafton, MA) notched eight points and logged six rebounds, and senior Brittany Herring (West Brookfield, MA) amassed seven points and eight boards. Sophomores Colleen Cutting (Auburn, MA) and Gigi LeMay (Grafton, MA) combined for 13 caroms while LeMay also registered a contest-best four steals.

Senior Ogechi Ezemma (Hope Valley, RI) posted a 13-point, 13-rebound performance for Clark. Classmate Sam O'Gara (Worcester, MA) led the team with 14 points and sophomore Hannah Favalono (Blackstone, MA) chipped in with 10. Senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, MA) handed out four of the Cougars six assists.

Worcester State enjoyed a 62-49 margin in rebounds and Clark had the 15-13 edge in turnovers.