South Hadley, MA --- The WPI women's basketball team got back on track in thrilling fashion with a 75-26 victory over Mount Holyoke on Saturday afternoon. Thirteen different Engineers recorded at least one basket in the contest.
WPI (13-2, 2-1 NEWMAC) started the game off holding Mount Holyoke (2-7, 0-3) scoreless in the first quarter and eventually got off to a 23-0 start through the first 11:22 of action before Emily Mock (Bangor, ME) got the Lyons on the board with a three with 8:19 left in the second quarter.
The Engineers, who are receiving votes in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, were paced by a 12-point outing from Lisa Cristiano (Valhalla, NY) while Emily Raynowska (Brentwood, NH) and Allison McMorrow (Quincy, MA) chipped in 10 and nine points off the bench respectively. Melanie Presseau (Manchester, NH) and Alex Scariati (Scotch Plains, NJ) each finished with seven points.
Mount Holyoke was led by a game-high 14-points from Annika Brooks (Portland, ME) who also added seven rebounds.
The Engineers dominated on the team front finishing with a 52.4 field goal percentage while holding Mount Holyoke to just a 27.9 shooting clip. The team outrebounded the Lyons 35-21, forcing Mount Holyoke into 26 turnovers, which resulted in 25 WPI points.
Fourteen of WPI's 35 rebounds came on the offensive glass resulting in 20 second chance points, while the Engineers dominated in the paint once again outscoring Mount Holyoke 38-10 underneath.
WPi led from start to finish for the third time this season and the first time since Nov. 6. By halftime, WPI had mounted a 40-11 insurmountable lead and was able to hold the Lyons to just nine points in the third quarter and six points in the final stanza.
Cristiano started things off with a layup on the team's second offensive possession ultimately contributing six of the team's first 23 points.
The Engineers look to continue their hot streak on Wednesday night at 7pm when they play host to another set of Lyons in Wheaton College. Mount Holyoke will also return to the court on Wednesday night at Babson at 7pm.