Women’s Basketball Wins NEWMAC Opener, Extends Win Streak to Five Games

Alice Kelly - WPI Women's Basketball 2022

WORCESTER -- Led by a game-high 26 points from Melanie Presseau (Manchester, NH), WPI women's basketball won their fifth straight game with a 65-58 victory over Clark University in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium.

Alice Kelly (Wethersfield, CT) had 21 points and three steals off the Engineer bench and Alex Scariati (Scotch Plains, NJ) had a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Clark's Hanna Favaloro (Blackstone, MA) became the 23rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. After scoring 33 points in the Cougar's last game, Favaloro came into today's contest with 999 points, and she reached the milestone with the first points of the game for the visitors, a layup at 8:43 of the first quarter.

The teams played to a one-point game at the break, but it was a 21-11 edge in the third quarter that gave the Engineers (12-1, 1-0 NEWMAC) control of the contest. Presseau had 10 points and hit a pair of three-pointers in that period, which started with a layup by Kelly to jump-start a 10-0 run over the first two minutes that gave the Engineers a 41-32 lead.

A triple by Mariah Harris (Stoughton, MA) pulled the Cougars to within a point, and they would tie the game on a free-throw, but Presseau hit another triple and the Engineers ended the quarter on a 9-0 run to head to the fourth up 52-43.

Scariati hit a three-pointer to open the fourth and the Engineers led by as much as 13 points before Clark used a 10-2 run to pull within five points with 13 seconds left. Kara ONeil (Holden, MA) sank a pair of free throws for the Engineers to ice away the game.

Favaloro ended the game with 15 points, joined in double figures by Emily Siferlen (North Andover, MA), who had 21 points for the Cougars (6-7, 0-1 NEWMAC).

Jacqueline Faulise (North Kingstown, RI) led the way for the Cougars on the boards with 9 rebounds. Harris had seven points off the bench, while Cam Richey (Upton, MA) had six points, four assists and three steals.

WPI looks to continue its winning streak with another conference game on Wednesday, January 19th at Smith. Tip for that game is set for 7pm.  Clark is in action at the same time, at home against Babson.