Women’s basketball goes 2-0, hold share of MASCAC lead

Framingham’s Lauren Donahue attempts to drive past a Salem State defender in the Rams win over the Vikings on Jan. 30. (Photo By Brad Leuchte)

The Rams hosted Salem State in a MASCAC game on Jan. 30.

Framingham jumped out to a quick lead scoring the game’s first six points. But shortly after this, the game went back-and-forth for much of the first half.

Ending the half on a 12-2 run, the Rams managed to go into the half leading 30-21.

The Rams came out in the second scoring the first eight points and they never looked back.

Framingham outscored the Vikings 18-10 in the third and 12-10 in the fourth. The Rams outscored Salem in every quarter and earned a 19-point win over their conference rivals.

Monta Connolly led the way for Framingham. She scored 17 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for her double double, while also adding six assists and four steals.

Alycia Rackliffe pitched in a double double as well. She had 12 points to go along with 11 rebounds and five blocks.

Raegan Mulherin contributed 10 points as well as seven rebounds and five steals, while Lauren Donahue scored 11 points with six assists and four steals.

The Rams shot 29 percent from the field, 21 percent from the 3-point line, and 67 percent from the free-throw line.

Framingham forced 33 turnovers against the Vikings, and scored 31 points off of those turnovers.

The win improves the Rams to 14-5 on the year, and 6-1 in the conference.

The Rams took on Bridgewater State on Feb. 3 in Framingham in a conference game.

Framingham fell behind from the start. The Bears outscored the Rams 19-14 in the first quarter, and did not let up.

Bridgewater would eventually go up by 14 points, but the Rams battled back and cut the deficit to seven going into the half.

The Rams came out hot in the third quarter from the 3-point arch. O’Connell and Mulherin went on a 20-4 run by themselves to gain the lead back for the Rams after the third quarter.

Framingham would hold this lead for the rest of regulation and earn a 66-56 win over its MASCAC foe.

Mulherin led the Rams in scoring with 19 points and also led them in assists, with six.

O’Connell scored 16 points off the bench to go along with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

Rackliffe went for another double double, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking four shots.

The Rams shot 37 percent from the field in the win, while forcing 19 turnovers.

The win brings the Rams to 15-5 on the season and 7-1 in the MASCAC, which is good for a tie in first place.