Women’s basketball goes 1-1, sits at 5-3 overall

(The Rams huddle up during a timeout. Left to right: Raegan Mulherin (25), Lauren Donahue (20), Monta Connolly and Alycia Rackliffe. Photo by Allie Gath)

Framingham State hosted Suffolk University on Dec. 5 in a non-conference game.

The Rams came out hot, jumping out to an early 18-8 lead. Framingham would finish the first quarter on a 6-0 run to put themselves up 24-8.

The Rams never looked back from this point on. Framingham extended the lead to 20 in the opening minutes of the second quarter, before eventually pushing the lead to 30 in the fourth quarter.

Suffolk rallied late, but the lead was far too much for them to overcome. Framingham State earned an 82-63 victory over Suffolk.

In the win, the Rams were led by Sarah Palace and Raegan Mulherin. Palace had 15 points and five rebounds. Mulherin also had 15 points with four rebounds and three assists.

Quinn O’Connell came off the bench to fill up the stat sheet. She contributed 14 points, while adding three rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Monta Connolly led the team in rebounds with 11 and added eight points.

Alycia Rackliffe and Tiphani Harris rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Rams. Rackliffe just missed a double double as she scored 13 points and had nine rebounds with one block. Harris contributed 10 points off the bench with five rebounds.

Framingham outrebounded Suffolk 53-43 and won the assist battle 17-8. The Rams forced 15 turnovers, and scored 21 points off of them.

The win improves the Rams’ record to 5-2 on the season.

The Rams traveled to MIT to take on the Engineers in a non-conference game on Dec. 8.

Framingham State found itself down 52-38 with just under a minute remaining in the third quarter when O’Connell knocked down back-to-back triples. This sparked a 20-3 run for the Rams, gaining them the lead 58-55 with three minutes remaining in the game.

After a back-and-forth two-and-a-half minutes of play, the Rams found themselves up by one point.

With 21 seconds remaining and possession of the ball, the Engineers called a timeout to talk things over. Out of the timeouts, Sabrina Drammis found Maya Ramachandran underneath the basket. Ramachandran converted the game-winning layup to put MIT back up by a point with six seconds left.

The Rams were unable to rally back from this, taking a 64-63 loss.

O’Connell led the Rams in scoring with 15 points while adding three rebounds, four assists and a steal. Mulherin was just behind, with 14 points as well as four assists and four steals.

Connolly and Rackliffe both just missed double doubles. Connolly had nine points and nine rebounds while Rackliffe had eight points and 10 rebounds, which led the team.

Both teams tied with 39 rebounds apiece, while MIT won the assist battle 18-12.

The loss drops the Rams to 5-3 on the season.

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