Women’s basketball drops to second in MASCAC

The Rams are averaging 73.0 points per game and shooting 38.1 percent from the field (Photo by Allie Gath)

Framingham State traveled to Westfield to take on the Owls in a MASCAC battle for sole possession of first place in the conference on Feb. 6.

The Rams struggled from the start. Westfield jumped out to a quick lead and went up by seven points by the end of the first quarter.

The Owls added to the lead in the second quarter and went into the half up by eight.

The lead would continue to grow in the second half, as the Owls outscored the Rams in the third quarter by one point and the fourth quarter by nine points.

The Rams shot 38 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3-point territory. Framingham forced 27 turnovers and were able to score 22 points off the turnovers.

Monta Connolly led the way for the Rams with 20 points, while also adding six rebounds and four steals.

Quinn O’Connell had 14 points off the bench and three steals.

Alycia Rackliffe contributed a double double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. She also led the team with four assists.

Raegan Mulherin and Sarah Palace both had 11 points.

The loss drops the Rams out of a tie for first place in the MASCAC and into second place as they fell to 15-6 on the year and 7-2 in the MASCAC.

The Rams went on the road to take on MCLA in a MASCAC game on Feb. 10.

Framingham came out firing from the start, grabbing a two point lead after the first quarter before going into the half up by 11.

The Rams continued their dominance in the second half, outscoring the Trailblazers by 18 in the third and fourth quarters to give themselves a 29-point win.

Mulherin had a game-high 26 points, with four rebounds and four steals.

Connolly contributed a double double for the Rams with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Rackliffe had 15 points with seven rebounds and four blocks.

Tiphani Harris also had a double double. She scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

In the win, Framingham shot 44 percent from the field and 29 percent on 3-pointers.

The Rams won the turnover battle, forcing 24 and resulting in 29 points.

Framingham moves to 16-6 on the season and 8-2 in the conference.

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