O’Day drops 39 as Women’s Basketball rolls to a victory

On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Framingham State Rams hosted MCLA in Framingham.

The first quarter belonged to MCLA, as they held a 19-15 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. Raegan Mulherin led the way for the Rams, scoring seven points on fifty percent shooting.

The second quarter was a different story as the Rams outscored MCLA 18-7 and took the 33-26 lead into halftime. Lauren Donahue and Tiphani Harris both came away with five points each in the quarter, while Mary Kate O’Day scored four. All three combined for eleven rebounds.

Mulherin scored another seven points in the third quarter to lead the way for the Rams again. MCLA narrowed the lead to 48-44 by the end of the third by outscoring Framingham 18-15.

MCLA forced overtime in the fourth quarter by outscoring Framingham 25-21 and tying the game at 69. Mulherin once again scored seven, but O’Day led the way with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

In overtime, the Rams secured their 87-77 victory by outscoring MCLA 18-8. Mulherin finished with a game-high 26 points.

She was followed by O’Day, who had the second highest point total as she dumped in 17 points and came away with a game-high thirteen rebounds, along with six assists.

Donahue contributed 13 points, a game-high seven assists and four rebounds.

Emily Velozo scored 13 as well in the game and pulled down four rebounds.

Harris capped off the starting five’s solid night with 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. The starters combined for eighty of the 87 points on the night.

The win for Framingham improves their record to 11-7 on the season and 5-1 in the conference.

The next game for the Rams came again at home against Fitchburg State in what would be an 88-78 victory.

The Rams came out strong to start the game as they held a 26-18 advantage by the end of the first quarter. O’Day had an electric first quarter as she dropped 18 points in just 10 minutes and shot 6-of-6 from the field with four 3-pointers.

The Rams stretched their lead to 44-33 by halftime with another great quarter from O’Day, who scored nine points, making her point total 27 by halftime.

O’Day scored 12 points in the last two quarters to add to her monster game and helped secure the victory. Mulherin and Velozo also contributed 10 each in the second half.

O’Day would finish with a game-high 39 points, along with six rebounds and a game-high three steals. Mulherin dumped in 16 points to go along with her game-high nine rebounds. She also contributed five assists and two steals. O’Day’s back court mate Velozo dropped in 16 points as well and came away with four rebounds and two blocks. Donahue was a big contributor as she dished out a game-high seven assists.

With another win, Framingham moves to 12-7 on the season and are now 6-1 in the MASCAC.

The next game for the Rams came in enemy territory against Worcester State.

The game was tight at the beginning with Worcester holding just a one-point advantage by the end of the first quarter. Mulherin led the way with seven points in the quarter.

Worcester started to break free by halftime, as they stretched their lead to 31-26 with a 16-12 second quarter advantage. Mulherin led the way again in this quarter with eight points.

The third quarter was when the wheels came off. Worcester outscored Framingham 23-8 in the third and extended their lead to 54-34. The Rams shot 2-of-11 in the quarter and 0-of-4 from beyond the three-point line.

In the final quarter, the Rams outscored Worcester 22-19, but it wasn’t enough as they would fall well short and take the 73-56 loss. Mulherin scored seven in the quarter to lead the Rams again, and Bryanna Santos came off the bench to score six.

Despite the loss, Mulherin led the game in points with 24. Also, she pulled down four rebounds and had a game-high four steals. O’Day was the only other Framingham player to score in double digits as she came away with 11 points to go along with five rebounds, two steals and a block.

The loss drops the Rams to 12-8 on the season and 6-2 in the MASCAC.

Even with the loss, Framingham remains in second place in the conference.

They sit two games back in the loss column of the league leading Westfield State Owls, who are 7-0

All of the Rams’ remaining four games, are conference games, so their hopes of a regular season conference title are still alive.

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