Women’s Basketball cruises to two straight wins

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Framingham State Rams took on Maine-Augusta in the consolation round of the Ed Hockenbury Classic.

Framingham controlled the pace of the first quarter, outscoring Augusta 21-11. The Rams’ key to success in the opening quarter was their solid shooting from the 3-point line. Framingham shot 5-for-11 from 3-point range. Mary Kate O’Day shot 2-for-4 from beyond the arch and collected eight points to go along with her four rebounds. Emily Velozo pitched in with five points and an assist.

The second quarter was even more dominant for the Rams, as they outscored the Moose 22-8 to go into the half up 43-19.

Tiphani Harris led the way in the quarter with eight points and two rebounds. Abbey Battaini came off the bench and scored six points to go along with four rebounds.

Framingham pressed their lead even further against Augusta in the remaining two quarters, outscoring the Moose 35-24 to win the game 78-43.

Battaini led the Rams in scoring on the game with 14 points on 50 percent shooting. She also came away with eight rebounds.

O’Day followed Battaini with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Harris came away with 10 points and six rebounds.

Liana Cunningham contributed in multiple ways for the Rams as she came away with six points, five rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

The Rams’ key to victory was their ball movement as they came away with 14 assists, while the Moose came away with just two.

On the following Tuesday, the Rams took on Becker in an away matchup.

In the first quarter Becker scored first, but the Rams responded by going on a 12-0 run. Becker closed the gap before the Rams went on another run as they closed the opening quarter with a 7-2 run to take a 24-10 lead. O’Day and Velozo led the Rams in the opening quarter with eight points each.

The Rams and the Hawks had a very even-scoring second quarter, as the Rams scored 13 and the Hawks scored 12. Framingham took a 37-22 lead into halftime.

The Rams maintained their lead throughout the thrid quarter, outscoring Becker 21-19. O’Day collected nine points and shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

In the final quarter, the Hawks made a push, outscoring Framingham 20-14, but they came up short as the Rams earned a 72-61 victory.

O’Day led the Rams with a game-high 21 points on 50-percent shooting. O’Day also came away with four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Velozo dropped in 18 points, along with five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Bryanna Santos came off the bench and delivered 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal for the Rams.

Harris scored 11 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block. Cunningham came away with a game-high five steals.

The Rams’ exceptional shooting was a major key to the win, as they shot over 50 percent from the field as a team.

With the win, the Rams improve to 4-2 on the season.