Torrid Start and Keating’s Career Night Sends Women's Basketball Past Western New England

Sara Lyons

WORCESTER --- Senior Alana Keating (Leominster, MA) 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. 

Keating shot an impeccable 4-for-4 from 3-point land en route to a career-best point total and has now reached double digits in five straight games, which has coincided with a five-game winning streak for the Engineers, who improved to 10-4 overall with the victory. 

Classmate Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, CA) chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds, as 13 different WPI players scored, while junior Sara Lyons (Pittsford, NY) set a personal mark of her own by collecting a career-high 10 rebounds. 

The first five baskets came from downtown, as Vinson led off with a 3-pointer 2:09 into the game, followed by Keating, Alex Scariati (Scotch Plains, NJ) and then Keating twice more.  

Emily Raynowska (Brentwood, NH) got to the rim to cap the 18-0 rally 8:59 in before the hosts settled for 20-2 lead after one. 

Both of the Golden Bears' first quarter points came off free throws, as WPI held them without a field goal until Lexi Leon (East Hampton, CT) hit a jumper 1:29 into the second quarter. 

Lyons took control in the second quarter, pulling in five rebounds to go with an assist and a layup to help the Engineers expand their advantage to 33-8 at the intermission. 

Keating scored seven straight points during the opening 3:12 of the second half, while Scariati and Vinson also scored during an 11-0 run to push it to 44-11 midway through the third quarter. 

WPI took a 52-18 lead into the fourth quarter, where Western New England (10-3) did more than half of its scoring, including 7 points from Abby Garaban (Maplewood, NJ), and 5 each from Emma Elrod (Stratford, CT) and Emily Farrell (New Fairfield, CT).  

The Engineers held the Golden Bears to just 26.5% shooting, while also winning the battle of the boards, 45 to 19, and amassing 18 assists to Western New England's 7. 

WPI is back on the court on Tuesday, playing host to Middlebury in a 6pm match-up. Western New England closes out a four-game road trip on Saturday, squaring off with Wentworth at 1pm in a CCC contest.