Women’s Basketball beats Bridgewater to remain in second place in MASCAC

(Senior and player of the week Raegan Mulherin looks for a scoring opportunity. By Amanda Martin)

On Wednesday Jan. 17, the Framingham State Rams traveled to Westfield to face the Owls.

The Rams came into the game sitting at 9-6. It was close from the start, with the first quarter seeing Framingham putting up 23 and Westfield putting up 21.

The game stayed close throughout the second quarter and went into the half with Westfield leading 41-39.

Tiphani Harris and Mary Kate O’Day led the way for Framingham in the first two quarters. Harris scored 10 points and four rebounds, while O’Day had nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Raegan Mulherin also contributed with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and a block.

Both teams came out scoring to begin the second half. Framingham notched 26 points, while Westfield had 28 in the third quarter. This made the score 69-65 Westfield.

Despite the strong second half play by Harris, Mulherin, and Emily Velozo, Westfield would go on to win after outscoring the Rams 26-23 in the final quarter.

Harris finished with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds. Velozo came away with 19 points and three steals. Mulherin finished strong collecting 19 points and 11 rebounds. O’Day was the third Ram to finish with a double-double, as she scored 15 points on 50 percent shooting, and pulled down 11 boards. Lauren Donahue nearly had the fourth double-double as she finished with seven points and a team-high nine assists.

The loss drops the Rams to 9-7 on the season.

Framingham traveled to Bridgewater for their next matchup against the Bears.

Framingham won the first half, outscoring Bridgewater 44-36.

The main contributors in the first half were Velozo, O’Day and Harris. Velozo and O’Day both came away with eight points and combined for six assists. Harris added 14 points and grabbed four rebounds. Julia Sanborn and Abbey Battaini came off the bench to combine for 11 points and nine rebounds.

The second half was all Framingham again as they outscored Bridgewater 43-39.

In the end, Framingham came away with the victory, winning by a score of 87-75. Harris led the way again, with a team-high 22 points.She also pulled down eight rebounds and had two steals. The backcourt duo of Velozo and O’Day shined as they combined for 37 points and nine assists. Donahue once again dished out a team-high in assists with six. Sanborn came off the bench and had a bench-high 10 points, and eight rebounds.

The win improves the Rams to 10-7 on the season.

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