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.
The Engineers (13-10, 3-5 NEWMAC) snap a three-game slide while dropping Wheaton to 7-15 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
Melanie Presseau (Manchester, NH) scored a game-high 14 points off of the WPI bench, shooting 5-7 from the field, including 4-6 from behind the three-point line.
WPI shot 7-21 from downtown and better than 54% from the field, while holding the Lyons to just 23% from the floor and 1-14 from downtown.
After taking a 20-10 lead after one quarter of play, WPI, who never trailed, held Wheaton scoreless for nearly ten minutes and without a field goal for fifteen minutes, while building a 45-14 advantage.
Behind Presseau, the WPI bench scored 41 points, while Wheaton didn't get any scoring off of the pine. Maddie Blake (Bedford, NH) and Kara ONeil (Holden, MA) added eight points apiece for the Crimson and Gray, while Alana Keating (Leominster, MA) and Spencer Vinson (Los Angeles, CA) scored seven points apiece. Prior to the game, Keating and Vinson were honored as part of Senior Day ceremonies.
The Engineers also had a 47-25 rebounding advantage, led by a game-high eight rebounds each from Vinson and Sara Lyons (Pittsford, NY). Vinson and Blake had two blocks each, while Alex Scariati (Scotch Plains, NJ) dished out a game-high four assists.
Wheaton had an 8-2 edge in fast break points, while WPI outscored them in the paint, 28-22.
Sadie Shore (Portsmouth, NH) led the Lyons with 11 points on 4-6 shooting. Mikayla Pucci (Hopkinton, MA) and Natalie Wind (New Canaan, CT) had seven points apiece, with Pucci collecting a game-high five rebounds and adding two steals.
WPI is back in action on Wednesday evening with its final home game of the regular season, a 7:30pm battle with Emerson. Wheaton returns to Worcester at the same time for a NEWMAC affair with Clark, looking to snap a seven-game skid.