On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Framingham State Rams defeated Salem State in a blowout 82-46 victory.
Framingham dominated Salem State off the bat, outscoring them 37-17 in the first half alone.
Tiphani Harris scored eight in the half to go along with five rebounds. Raegan Mulherin also tallied eight and came away with three steals.
Mary Kate O’Day and Julia Sanborn both scored six in the half, and Lauren Donahue scored five while stealing the ball four times.
Defense played a major role in the first half as Framingham stole the ball from Salem State 10 times, forced 15 turnovers and held Salem State to just 17.9 percent from the field.
Not much changed in the second half as Framingham once again outscored Salem State, this time 45-29.
O’Day led the way with 13 points in the half, while Mulherin followed her up with another eight-point half.
The lopsided Framingham victory was led by O’Day who came away with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds and two steals. Mulherin dumped in 16 on the day to go along with four steals. Harris recorded another double-double on the season as she scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Rams held Salem State to 26.7 percent shooting from the field and just 10 percent from beyond the 3-point line. They also forced 27 turnovers in what was a stellar defensive showing.
The win improves the Rams to 13-8 on the season and 7-2 in the conference.
With three games left in conference play, the Rams find themselves only a half game back in the MASCAC.