Scariati Nets 20 Points as Women's Basketball Locks Down Wellesley 54-32

Alex Scariati - WPI Women's Basketball 2022

Wellesley, MA --- The WPI women's basketball team earned another NEWMAC victory, this time coming at Wellesley on Wednesday night, 54-32. The Engineers were paced by a 20-point effort from Alex Scariati (Scotch Plains, NJ), who knocked down four shots from deep while adding nine rebounds, and four assists on the evening.  

WPI (16-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) has now won 10 of its last 11 contests. The stingy Engineers, who were ranked fourth in the nation, and atop the NEWMAC, in scoring defense entering the game allowed just 32 points to their conference foes. The team entered the game allowing an average of just 46.6 points per game, and after Wednesday's contest, that mark dropped to 45.8. In conference action, WPI's opponents have netted just an average of 44.3 points per game.  

Joining Scariati among the point leaders were a foursome of six-point scorers in Jordan Wynn (Groton, MA), Lisa Cristiano (Valhalla, NY), Kara ONeil (Holden, MA) and Emily Raynowska (Brentwood, NH). Wynn also added seven rebounds, Cristiano and O'Neil added six boards, and Raynowska added another five.  

The Engineers outrebounded the Blue 45-32, while also dominating the paint with 32 points to Wellesley's 18.  

Wellesley (3-13, 1-5) was led by a 10 point effort off the bench from Caitlin Windross (Eastvale, CA).  Taylor Hirn (Hermosa Beach, CA) added nine points in the outing.  

The game was fairly close at the half, with the Engineers holding a five-point, 24-19 lead at the intermission, but the third quarter was the difference maker as WPI held Wellesley without a field goal during the entirety of the frame, as the Blue got three points on three field goals during the 10-minute span. WPI netted 17 points of its own thanks to Scariati who netted half of her game-total (10) in the penultimate quarter to help create an insurmountable lead.  

WPI held Wellesley to just a 24.4 field goal percentage on the night and have held its opponents to a 32.8 field goal percentage on the year.  

The Engineers look to keep the momentum going on Saturday afternoon when they head to nationally-ranked Springfield for a contest with the #23 Pride at 3pm. Wellesley will return to action next Wednesday at Babson at 6pm.