Defensive Leopards freeze Gators

BOSTON, MA -- The stifling of the hometown Leopards held the Gators to a freezing-cold 12.5 percent shooting for the game, as Wentworth Institute of Technology stormed past Pine Manor, 66-20, Wednesday night at Tansey Gymnasium.

Paulette Wright's jumper got the Gators (0-4) on the board, trailing 5-2 with just under 6:00 gone. The Leopards (3-4) then sprinted out to an 11-3 run, which Enjolee Phillips broke with a floater in the paint to pull Pine Manor back to within single digits, at 16-7, with 7:00 left in the first half.

It was the last time WIT led by fewer than 10. The home team held Pine Manor without a field goal during a 12-1 run over the final 13:00 of the period to take a 28-8 halftime lead. Leopards guard Meaghan Murphy scored eight of her 11 points in the first, including consecutive buckets in the closing minutes of the frame.

For Pine Manor, Paulette Wright snagged a game-high 11 rebounds, eight in the first half, marking her second straight game with 10 or more boards. Guard Yiafia Dowridge came off the bench for a team-high seven points, including five after halftime. Junior forward Jataiya Alexander added nine rebounds and three steals in 23 minutes of reserve duty.

WIT featured four players in double-figures, with guard Ashley Conway leading the way with 16 points on 6-11 shooting. Murphy, Michelle Fauci and Michelle Moffo scored 11 a piece for the Leopards, which connected on 40 percent from the field in both halves.

It was WIT's defense, though, that should get the credit, holding Pine Manor to just 10 percent (3-30) shooting from the field in the first half and 15.4 percent (4-26) in the second. For the game, Pine Manor shot 12.5 percent from the field, including 12.5 percent (2-16) from three-point range.

Pine Manor returns to play on Saturday at 1 p.m., traveling to Gordon College.

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