By Liam Gambon
The Framingham State Rams opened the 2016-17 season with a 75-30 victory against Curry College on the road.
The only moment of the game in which it looked close was at the end of the first quarter when Framingham left the court leading just 12-9. Then the Rams went on a 23-4 run in the second quarter to extend their lead to 35-13.
The Rams would outscore Curry by sizeable margins in the remaining quarters with a 16-8 margin in the third and 24-9 difference in the fourth.
Framingham benefited from some great bench play specifically from guard Quinn O’Connell who had 13 points in just 11 minutes off the bench and shot 4-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from 3-point range and forward Mallory DeFeo who also had 13 points coming off the bench in 17 minutes and shot 3-for-7 and 2-for-2 from 3-point range but mainly contributed from the charity stripe where she made 5-for-6 free-throws. The two would go on to lead the game in scoring despite coming off the bench. But they weren’t the only ones contributing off the bench as center Alycia Rackliffe contributed with 8 rebounds which tied for the game lead with DeFeo.
Starting guard Raegan Mulherin picked Curry’s pockets all game long and finished with a game lead in steals with four. The Framingham starters finished with 21 points, two assists, 15 rebounds, and nine steals, with the bench finishing strong with 39 points, three assists, 25 rebounds, four steals, and a block.
The Rams in total shot 37.5 percent (18-for-48) from the field to Curry’s 20.5 percent (8-for-39) and owned the three-point line shooting 53.3 percent (8-for-15) to Curry’s 15.4% (2-for-13). The Rams in total outrebounded Curry 42-22 and led in assists 5-4.
Besides the bench scoring and the deep range touch a top factor to the Rams win was their second chance points and points off turnovers. They led the game with an 18-8 advantage in points off turnovers and 11-2 advantage in second chance points.
The Rams will head to Wheaton College for the Tip-Off tournament against Newbury College on Friday, Nov. 18.