Biney Leads WPI Past Bears

Gillian Gerton
Gillian Gerton

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior Ama Biney had  21 of her game-high 27 points in the first half as WPI won its fifth straight beating Coast Guard 59-46 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Biney was 9 of 10 shooting in the first half to finish with 21 points as WPI shot 60.7 percent (17-28) in the opening half. She finished 11 of 17 from the field and had a team-high 10 rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Senior Gillian Gerton, who had just one point and rebound in the first half, had a huge second half and finished with team highs of  14 points and 11 rebounds to record her second consecutive double-double, her fourth of the season and 21st of her career.

WPI improved to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the NEWMAC while the Bears dropped to 6-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

WPI leading 10-9 would score the final seven points of the opening quarter, five of those by Biney, for a 17-9 lead after one. Biney led the way with nine first quarter points on a perfect 4 of 4 shooting from the field.

The Engineers would use a 18-3 run to close out the second quarter run turning a 22-17 lead with 6:58 left into a 40-20 lead at the break. Biney would have 12 points during the run for WPI.

Coast Guard would score the first seven points and use a 9-2 spurt over the first five minutes of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 42-29. The Bears held WPI to just six points in the third quarter trailed 46-32 after three.

The Bears would get as close as 10 on two occasions in the fourth quarter.

WPI made just 5 of 29 field goals in the second half and shot 38.6 percent in the game (22-57) while making 4 of 19 from 3-point range.

The Bears shot a season-low 28.1 percent (16-57) from the floor and made 5 of 20 from behind the arc.

Coast Guard back in action on Saturday when they host Wellesley in a NEWMAC game at 1:00.