As part of D3Week, WPI is proud to unveil our newest feature "Hangin' with the Herd". Check in each day this week as we profile a different WPI student-athlete and learn more about why they chose WPI, they favorite memories of their team and time on Boynton Hill and some fun insight about them away from their sport.
Today we feature Spencer Vinson from Women's Basketball. Spencer is a senior center from Los Angeles, CA. She is majoring in mechanical engineering.
Westwood, MA --- Highlighted by 32 members of the swimming and diving squads, 23 from the women’s side and nine from the men’s side, 40 WPI winter student-athletes were named to their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Teams. The women’s basketball squad added six, while the men’s basketball were represented by a pair of athletes.
Springfield, MA --- Second-seeded Springfield used a 13-0 second quarter run to defeat visiting seventh-seeded WPI 59-49 in a NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal contest played Wednesday evening in Blake Arena.
WORCESTER --- Sam Boyle hit a pair of free-throws with 3.2 seconds left to give visiting Emerson the lead as the Lions spoiled WPI’s home regular season finale by handing the Engineers a 63-60 defeat in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening.
WORCESTER --- WPI outscored visiting Wheaton 19-2 in the second quarter and took a 27 point lead into the half on their way to a 65-33 victory over the Lyons in NEWMAC women’s basketball on Saturday afternoon.
Northampton, MA --- A 10-0 run to start things off propelled Smith to a 56-39 victory over WPI on Saturday afternoon. Smith was led by a 15-point, seven-rebound performance by Amelia Clairmont, who connected on five 3-pointers on the day for the Pioneers.
WORCESTER --- A 29-8 run to close out the first half propelled MIT to a 59-50 victory over WPI on Wednesday night despite a 14-point, 10-rebound effort from Maddie Blake her first career double-double.
WORCESTER --- Fourteen different Engineers finished with at least one basket in a 75-59 victory over Coast Guard Saturday Afternoon. Melanie Presseau finished with a team-high 13 points and four rebounds assists for WPI while Alana Keating added 12 points and three rebounds in the victory.
Babson Park, MA --- Senior Emily Bonifacic scored a game-high 15 points, classmate Jacqueline Jozefick added 11 points and Babson outscored visiting WPI 25-7 in the third quarter on the way to a 61-37 win in NEWMAC women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.
WORCESTER – WPI women’s basketball team saw four players tally double figures led by 14 off the bench from Emily Raynowska as the Engineers defeated Clark University 67-54 in NEWMAC action this evening.
WORCESTER ? The Middlebury College women?s basketball team received a game-high 18 points from Betsy Knox (Bethesda, MD) as the Panthers defeated WPI 67-50 in non-conference action this evening. With the victory, Middlebury improves to 12-3 on the season, while the Engineers slip to 10-5 with the loss.
WORCESTER --- Senior Alana Keating scored 10 of her game-high 17 points during a game-opening 18-0 run as host WPI women’s basketball won big, 70-40, over Western New England on Thursday night at Harrington Auditorium.
WORCESTER --- Spencer Vinson netted a team-high 11 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance from the floor, as host WPI upset previously unbeaten Williams 64-58 to give Engineer head coach Cherise Galasso her 350th career victory on Tuesday evening.
Westfield, MA --- Maddie Blake headlined six WPI players in double figures in scoring as the visiting Engineers rallied from a 10-0 deficit to start the game to knock off Westfield State in conference women’s basketball contest played Saturday afternoon.
Pasadena, CA --- Southern California native Spencer Vinson scored the first six points of the game on her way to a career-best equaling 20 points as WPI women’s basketball led wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Cal Tech on Monday afternoon.
LOS ANGELES -- Alana Keating was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor to spearhead a 29-point WPI third quarter as the Engineers rallied from a 36-33 halftime deficit to defeat host Occidental 80-61 during the opener Sunday after of the Crimson and Gray’s two-game California trip.
Lewiston, MA --- Sophomore Meghan Graff scored a game-high 22 points and senior captain Melanie Binkhorst added 11 of her own to lead the Bates women's basketball team past WPI by a final score of 59-54 Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Gym.
WORCESTER --- Senior Spencer Vinson had a team-high 18 points and five rebounds, but the WPI women’s basketball team lost to visiting Tufts, the No. 2 team in the country 56-44 Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium.
Dudley, MA --- Victoria Mirecki erupted for a career-high 17 points and the WPI defense limited host Nichols to 18.1% shooting from the floor as the Engineers bested the Bison 63-36 in a non-conference women’s basketball contest played Tuesday evening.
WORCESTER -- For the second straight game, Regis College established an early lead, allowed its opponent to close the margin in the third quarter, and then pulled away in the fourth quarter, as the Pride defeated WPI, 57-42, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference women’s collegiate basketball game at Higgins Court.
WORCESTER --- Spencer Vinson posted a double-double of 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as WPI knocked off host Fitchburg State 62-41 in a non-conference women’s basketball contest on Thursday evening.
WORCESTER – Junior Jalani Jackson drained a three with 27.9 seconds left in the game to put UMass Boston women’s basketball on top for good as the Beacons defeated host WPI 49-42 on Tuesday evening.
With the victory, UMass Boston improves to 3-0 on the year, while the Engineers are now 3-1 with the loss.
The game was defensive-minded battle but saw multiple ties and lead changes including in the closing minutes of the fourth.
UMass Boston led 35-33 after pair of Rachel Tutkus (Braintree, MA) free throws, but a three from Melanie Presseau (Manchester, NH) put the hosts back on top 36-35 with 3:24 on the clock. The lead was short live as a Jackson three and a pair of freebies put the Beacons up 40-36 with just under 1:41 on the clock.
WPI cut the gap to three on a free throw by Victoria Mirecki (Rock Tavern, NY) and another huge three from Presseau tied the game at 40-40 with 47.5 on the clock. Jackson answered with a three off the dribble on the ensuing possession to UMass Boston in the lead for good with 28 seconds left in the game. UMass Boston sank 6-of-6 from the line down the stretch to seal the win and hold off WPI.
UMass Boston started the game with four turnovers but got on the board when Joie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) converted one-of-two free throws with just under seven minutes on the clock. WPI’s started the game 0-for-4 from the field with two turnovers, but took the lead on a three from Alana Keating (Leominster, MA) with 6:22 on the clock in the first.
The two teams traded the lead four time in the opening stanza before a layup from Maia Daugherty (Boston, MA) with just over a minute remaining gave the Beacons a 9-8 lead after a one.
WPI started the second quarter with an 11-2 run taking a 19-11, but the Beacons got threes from Jackson and Kailee Gautier (Newark, DE) to head to the half trailing 19-17.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half with WPI connecting on 7-of-21 from the floor with 11 turnovers and UMass Boston connecting on just 6-of-25 (24%) with 14 turnovers.
UMass Boston used an 11-2 run to open the third quarter and take a 28-21 lead midway through the frame. WPI used a 7-0 run to tie the game with just under two remaining, but two free throws from Keriann Farina (Arlington, MA) gave the Beacons a two-point lead after three.
The Engineers were paced by seven points apiece from Pressman, Keating and Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, CA) while the Beacons were led by 20 points, seven rebounds and a steal from Jackson.
WPI shot 15-of-52 from the floor in the game and struggled from the line connecting on just 8-of-18 from the charity stripe. The Beacons also struggled from the floor connecting of just 12-of-47 but capitalized from the line shooting 83% (20-of-24).
WPI is back in action on the hardcourt on Thursday when they travel to Fitchburg State for a non-conference contest at 7pm. The Beacons are back in action at home on Saturday when they host Emmanuel College at Noon.