WORCESTER, Mass. – WPI used a strong third quarter to take control of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinal and top the Bears 72-42 Wednesday evening.
With the loss, Coast Guard finishes the season 13-13 overall. The Engineers improve to 21-5 on the season and head to the NEWMAC semi-finals to take on the Babson Beavers.
Gerton finishes her career as only the fourth player in program history with over 1,000 points (1,078) and over 700 rebounds (747). She also is the first player in program history to record over 100 blocks (135).
Classmate Jill Bray graduates in the top 15 in made three-point field goals (14th,84) and three-point field goal percentage (T-13th, 28.0%).
WPI was led by freshman Meg Donovan who finished with a team high 14 points, going 4-5 from beyond the arc. Senior Maura Buckley had 11 points and five rebounds while classmate Stasha Greenalch added 10 points of her own.
WPI opened the game on a 18-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from Donovan with 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Martinelli knocked down a jumper in the final 30 seconds making the score at the end of the quarter 18-4.
After freshman Maddie Blake opened the second quarter with a made layup, the Bears scored the next eight points to close within eight on a made three-pointer by Martinelli with 6:59 left in the half forcing a WPI timeout.
The Bears continued to surge closing within six three times before freshman Annabella Farabaugh knocked down a jumper with 1:42 left in the first half making the score 27-23.
The Engineers however scored the final seven points of the second quarter taking an 11 point lead into the locker room, 34-23.
At the start of the third quarter, Martinelli knocked down two three pointers closing the Bears to within five (34-29) with 7:23 left to play in the third.
WPI answered Coast Guard's hot start scoring five straight points of their own to push their lead back to 10 (39-29) just over 30 seconds later.
Coast Guard cut the advantage to six once again at 39-33 before the Engineers went on a 18-0 run to end the third quarter and move ahead by 24, 57-33.
WPI held on to their lead in the fourth quarter and move on to the NEWMAC semi-finals for the third straight year.
The Bears finish the game making 16-46 (34.8%) from the floor and shooting 46.2% (6-13) from three.
The Engineers shot 49.1% (27-55) overall and knocked down 9-19 (47.4%) from three. WPI turned 25 turnovers by Coast Guard into 44 points and saw their bench add 32 points.
The Bears return 10 players next season and will look for their seventh straight trip to NEWMAC Tournament. Good luck to seniors Gillian Gerton, Jill Bray and Amanda Klawinski in their first year of service.