By Jennifer Johnson
By Mike Ferris
The Lady Rams opened up the season with a win at the Emerson Tip-Off Tournament after being projected to win the MASCAC in the preseason polls.
The Rams’ first match was against the host. Starter Raegan Mulherin led the pack with an impressive 21 points. Quinn O’Connell was close behind her, putting up a solid 18 points off the bench.
The game was evenly matched at the start and tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Rams opened the second quarter with a layup from Monta Connolly to pull ahead 13-11. The Rams kept their offensive momentum and scored seven unanswered points to put them up 20-11.
Emerson was eventually able to cut the lead to five points with the Rams up 25-20. FSU fought back and went on a 9-0 run to make it 34-20.
The Rams out rebounded the Lions 16-14 and led 40-29 going into the second half.
The third quarter went similarly with the Rams coming out on top 57-45. Emerson was the first to score in the fourth quarter, but the Rams were able to come out on top with the help of a 13-1 run.
The Rams won the matchup 77-53 and were 38.4 percent from the floor to Emerson’s 31.4 percent.
This pushed the Rams into the tournament championship versus Suffolk University on Nov. 15.
Two Rams were named to the All-Tournament team, Mulherin and O’Connell.
Suffolk was able to pull ahead and led 20-9 early in the second half. Framingham tried chipping away at the lead, but were only able to come within six points.
Suffolk led FSU 35-22 at the half. FSU was unable to come back and ended up dropping the championship 68-54.
Mulherin led the scoring once again with 20 points and Alycia Rackliffe came off the bench strong, scoring nine. FSU was out rebounded 37-27 and shot just 28.4 percent to Suffolk’s 35.
The Rams hosted Curry in their home opener on Nov. 18.
Framingham found itself tied with Curry 15-15 after the first quarter, but proceeded to pull away, leading after the second, third and ultimately the fourth quarter.
The Rams were led by Mulherin, who scored 27 points and pulled in six rebounds.
Rackliffe and Sarah Palace followed Mulherin in double-digit scoring with 13 and 10, respectively.
Aside from her 13 points, Rackliffe pulled in seven rebounds.
Connolly also grabbed seven boards, as the team had 37 total.
Despite shooting a measly 25 percent from three, the Rams shot 43 percent from the field and held Curry to 35.
Framingham also won the turnover battle, turning Curry over 33 times, and converting 31 points off of them.
Curry was only able to score 18 points off turnovers, despite turning the Rams over 24 times.
The Rams travel to UMass Boston Saturday where they’ll take on the Beacons at 1 p.m.