WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University women's basketball team was defeated in the season-opener on Saturday night as WPI used a 24-point third quarter to power to a 54-41 decision in opening round action of the Worcester City Tournament at John P. Brissette Court.
Score: Engineers 54, Cougars 41
Records: Clark University (0-1) | WPI (1-0)
How it Happened
Junior Hannah Favaloro (Blackstone, Mass.) logged her 11th career double-double in the non-conference setback as the forward tallied a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds while coming away with five steals. Sophomore guard Virginia Benbow (Durham, Conn.) finished with 11 points in her first collegiate start while Julia Beebe (Andover, Conn.) offered six points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
WPI opened up with an 8-2 scoring run which saw four different players contribute. The Cougars came back and with 1:07 to go in the first quarter Beebe knocked down a lay-up to give the team a 9-8 lead. WPI's Victoria Mirecki knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Engineers control again, 11-9, heading into the second frame.
The teams battled during the second quarter with the Engineers holding a slight 10-8 scoring advantage over the ten-minute span. After a free throw from Hallie Johnson (Princeton, Mass.) cut the deficit, 15-14, WPI gathered momentum with a 6-0 scoring run, giving the Engineers a 21-17 lead into the halftime break.
WPI erupted offensively during the third quarter as Melanie Presseau drained 14 points in the frame on four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc to support the Engineers. WPI used the hot-shooting to go on separate scoring runs of 9-2 and 9-3, ending the frame with a 45-30 lead.
Clark University went onto outscore the Engineers during the final quarter of action as Favaloro scored seven points to help the Cougars chip at the deficit. With 4:28 left, Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) canned a lay-up to spark a 7-0 run and cut the deficit 50-41. But WPI recovered over the final 2:07 on the clock, pulling away to take the 54-41 final and advance to the championship round of the Worcester City Tournament.
Clark University returns the hardwood on Sunday, November 10 at 5:00 pm when it takes on Becker College in the consolation round of the Worcester City Tournament.