Women’s Basketball advances to the MASCAC Semifinal

The Rams went into Saturday’s home game against MCLA riding a four-game losing streak. 

Framingham needed a win in their last regular season game of the year to gain some momentum heading into the conference tournament. 

Prior to the game, the Rams honored their one senior on the team – Tiphani Harris.  

Harris played in 101 games in her career, averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. 

Emily Velozo’s career-high 31 points and Harris’ 26 served as the springboard for the Rams in their eventual blowout victory.  

Framingham dominated the opening quarter, with Velozo supplying multiple 3-pointers and scoring 10 of the team’s 16 first-quarter points as the Rams jumped to a 16-7 lead. 

The Velozo and Harris duo combined to score 13 points in the second quarter. Harris carried over her scoring into the third, as she supplied the Rams with early buckets to extend Framingham’s lead.

MCLA pushed back against Framingham and went on a run at the end of the third to cut their deficit to 49-36. 

The final quarter was all Rams as they outscored the Trailblazers 20-6 in the final five minutes to run away with the victory. 

The Rams defeated the Trailblazers 80-52 in the end. 

Velozo and Harris’ heroics went beyond scoring. Velozo dished out five assists, collected seven rebounds, and swiped two steals. Harris dominated the glass, as she crashed the boards for nine rebounds and had two blocks. 

With the win, the Rams finish the regular season at 15-9, good for fourth place in the MASCAC.

The fourth-seeded Rams hosted the fifth-seeded Salem State Vikings in the MASCAC Quarterfinals as Velozo and Harris dominated again, leading the Rams in scoring for the second-straight game. 

The Rams took it to the Vikings toward the end of the first quarter after the two teams started out even. A 14-2 run helped the Rams break free to take a 23-11 lead at the end of the first. 

Camille Desrochers came off the bench and scored nine points in just five minutes on a perfect 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range. 

The Vikings closed the gap to single-digits in the second quarter shortly before Velozo poured in back-to-back triples, stretching the lead to double digits again. 

Salem cut the lead down to single digits again at the end of the second quarter, after ending the quarter on a small run. 

With the Rams leading 33-26 at the start of the second half, Harris dumped in 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting to help extend Framingham’s lead to 56-38 before the final quarter. 

Early in the fourth quarter, the Vikings cut the Rams’ lead to 58-43. Framingham dominated the remaining time in the quarter to win the MASCAC Quarterfinals 70-47. 

Harris led the game in scoring with 23 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds and stealing the ball five times. Velozo followed her with 17 points and a game-high seven assists. Desrochers led both benches in scoring with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. 

With the win, the Rams punched their ticket to the MASCAC Semifinals, where they will take on the Worcester State Lancers.