Finken Garners MVP Nod as Women's Basketball Closes 2021 with WPI Tournament Title

2021 WPI Holiday Tournament - WPI Women's Basketball 2021

WORCESTER -- In the final game of the WPI Holiday Tournament, McKenna Finken (Simsbury, CT) earned MVP honors as the women's basketball team came away the tournament victors with a 73-57 win over Susquehanna on Friday afternoon to round out its 2021 competition.  

The tournament title is the second of the season for the Engineers (9-1) who also captured the Worcester City Tournament title to start off the season. Bates' Meghan Graff (South Portland, ME), Susquehanna's Erin McQuillen (Cresskill, NJ) and Olivia Brandt (Bethelhem, PA) and WPI's Kara ONeil (Holden, MA) and Finken were all named to the All-Tournament team. 

The trio of Alex Scariati (Scotch Plains, NJ), Adrianna Niles (Tewksbury, MA) and O'Neil accounted for 44 of the Engineers' 73 points on the afternoon. Scariati finished with 17 points while also adding two steals and three assists, Niles chipped in 15 points and five rebounds and O'Neil added 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals on the afternoon.  

For Susquehanna (8-3), McQuillen joined the 1,000-point club with a 27-point effort in the outing marking her second 20-point effort of the season and 11th of her career. The 27 points tied her career best set earlier this season at Elizabethtown (Dec. 4) McQuillen entered the game with 992 points and now has 1,019 in her Susquehanna career, enough for 11th all-time in the Riverhawk record books. Brandt added 16 points and seven rebounds. 

The two teams were evenly matched through the first quarter with the Riverhawks finishing with a 13-11 advantage after 10, but a 7-0 run to start the second period of play behind jumpers from O'Neil and Emily Raynowska (Brentwood, NH) and a three from Niles boosted the Engineers to a five-point, 18-13 lead which they were able to maintain until the half, heading into the break up 29-24.  

The two teams went toe-to-toe in the third quarter. After the Engineers built their lead to 12 thanks to a pair of Scariati treys, two 3-pointers down the stretch from Brandt and Sadie Comfort (Pottsville, PA) once again made it a five-point game heading into the final stanza.  

WPI broke the game open in the fourth quarter using an 8-0 run over a two-minute stretch thanks to back-to-back buckets from both Raynowska and Finken to make it a 68-53 ballgame and were able to keep the Riverhawks at bay to come away with the victory.  

Susquehanna knocked down nine treys in the game while WPI hit six of its own. The Engineers once again dominated in the paint outscoring the Riverhawks 34-18 and outrebounding them 41-26.  

It was announced later Friday afternoon that the Engineers next game, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Williams, has been postponed.  WPI is next slated to play Friday, Jan. 7th, hosting Mitchell at 6pm.  Susquehanna remains on the road for a Monday, Jan. 3 meeting at York (PA) also at 6pm.