The Rams battled the Salem State Vikings at home on Feb. 2.
With 12 unanswered points from Salem State early on, the Rams trailed 14-6 at the end of first quarter of action.
After almost eight minutes of scoreless action, Emily Velozo hit a 3-pointer to awaken the Rams.
The Rams outscored the Vikings 15-10, cutting their deficit to just 4 points heading into the half.
Velozo was the leader for the Rams with 6 points, two rebounds, and two steals in the first half.
The Rams came out of the locker room strong, going on a 10-0 run capped off by a Julia Sanborne jumper with a little more than four minutes left on the clock, making the score 32-24.
The Vikings held their ground and cut their deficit to 3 points late in the third quarter.
Shortly after, Velozo scored back-to-back clutch buckets from the charity stripe to put the Rams ahead by five going into the last quarter of action.
The Vikings slowly chiseled away at the Rams’ advantage, tying the score at 42-42, with just three minutes left in regulation.
Salem State went on an 8-0 run with less than two minutes left in the fourth.
Abby Battini drained a last-minute 3-pointer to cut the Vikings lead to five.
Unable to convert on their opportunities at the free-throw line, the Rams fell to the Vikings 53-47.
The Rams were plagued by a bad shooting percentage, going just 17-for-82 from the field and 3-for-26 from behind the arc.
Velozo, Mary Kate O’Day, and Tiphani Harris were the only ones to contribute double-digit points in the matchup.
Harris also contributed 15 rebounds to collect a double-double.
With the Vikings’ late push to defeat the Rams, Framingham falls to 14-7 and 6-3 in the MASCAC.
SALEM STATE 53
FRAMINGHAM STATE 47
In the Rams’ next matchup, they traveled to Westfield State to take on the Owls on Feb. 6.
This was a battle of the top seeds in the conference, with the Westfield State Owls coming in at second place and the Rams in third.
Framingham got off to a hot start in the first quarter, going on an early 12-3 run.
The Owls showed their strength from behind the arc, hitting four 3-point shots to make it a one-point game with two minutes left in the first.
The Owls then took the lead with a couple of last-minute charity-stripe shots.
The Owls imposed their will on the Rams, ending the first quarter with a deep 3-pointer to put them up 19-17.
The Rams shot 42 percent from the field and 20 percent from the line in the first.
In the second quarter, the Rams got off to a good start and slowly chipped away at their deficit.
Camille Desrochers hit the first 3-pointer of the day for the Rams to make it a four-point game with less than two minutes in the half.
Julia Sanborne was a key factor for the Rams in the first half, using her size advantage to dominate down low and collect nine rebounds.
The Rams continued to battle the Owls with the lead going back and forth.
Going on an 8-0 run, the Rams cut the deficit to just one point late in the third.
Harris gave the Rams a 3 point lead with a basket from behind the arc.
Trailing 73-65 with just over five minutes to play in the fourth, the Rams went on an 11-3 run capped by a Desrochers 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining.
In the final seconds, Westfield called a timeout and advanced the ball. The Rams went for the steal and were called for a foul, putting the Owls at the line.
After missing the first free throw, the Owls hit the second.
The Rams inbounded the ball and Velozo drove to the basket and attempted a layup that would have put the Rams ahead, but the ball rolled off the front of the rim as time expired.
Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the game for another double-double.
Velozo was the leading scorer of the game with 17 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists.
The Rams fell to the Owls 77-76, dropping them to 14-8 and 6-4 in the conference.
WESTFIELD STATE 77
FRAMINGHAM STATE 76