By Liam Gambon
The Framingham State Rams women’s basketball team traveled to Salem State and thoroughly dominated the court from the start, putting 24 points in the first quarter alone.
The Rams would keep same pace, scoring 23 in the second and third quarters and 25 in the fourth quarter to wrap up a 95-59 road win.
Center Alycia Rackliffe continued her great season by putting up another double double in a big way as she came away with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting and crashed the boards to come away with 16 rebounds.
Rackliffe also continued her lock-down defense as she came away with two steals and three blocks.
Sarah Palace contributed 16 points on the night while also stealing the ball twice and hitting two 3-pointers.
Monta Connolly was next in scoring as she poured in 14 points while assisting three times and collecting five rebounds.
Raegan Mulherin came up with 12 points and stole the ball four times. Lauren Donahue scored 11 points and came away with seven assists and five rebounds.
As a team, the Rams shot a solid 51.4 percent to Salem State’s 31.5.
The Rams also shot 43.8 percent from 3-point land to Salem State’s 19.
Framingham State traveled to Bridgewater State and outplayed the Bears in a 60-42 victory.
The Rams set the tone for the game by the end of the first half as they led 29-18 and didn’t look back.
Mulherin had a stand-out game making 7-of-13 shots from the field and 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
She ended with 19 points while also stealing the ball twice and crashing the boards for seven rebounds.
Rackliffe followed with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and came away with 13 rebounds for a double double while contributing at the defensive end with two steals and five blocks.
Connolly came away with eight points, two steals and five rebounds. Donahue finished with seven points, a steal, three rebounds and four assists.
Mary Kate O’Day and Tiphani Harris both came off the bench to score six points each, accounting for all of Framingham’s bench points.
Quinn O’Connell also contributed off the bench with two steals, four assists and four rebounds.
The Rams shot a proficient 45.7 percent from the field to Bridgewater’s 29.5.
The Rams also shot 35.3 percent from 3-point range to the Bears 13.3. Framingham benefited from its bench play as it scored 12 points to Bridgewater’s three.
The Rams will host Westfield State on Saturday, Feb. 4.