Women’s Basketball falls to Worcester in MASCAC Semifinal

The Framingham State Rams’ season came to an end in the MASCAC Semifinals last Thursday in a match-up against the top seeded Worcester State Lancers. 

The Rams held a lead very early on but quickly gave it up to the Lancers. Worcester State ran off with the game from there, never giving up the lead again. 

Throughout the entirety of the game, the Lancers dominated the paint. The Rams rarely drove to the basket, instead settling for 3-pointers or midrange shots. 

The proof of the Lancers’ domination can be seen when comparing their rebound total to the Rams’. Worcester State had 54 rebounds in the game, compared to Framingham’s 29.  

The Lancers also dominated in points in the paint. Worcester State scored 30 more points in the paint than Framingham, most of them coming on fast breaks and offensive rebounds. 

Entering the second half of the game, the Rams had a chance to close the gap on the Lancers, but turnovers cost them. Despite both teams finishing with similar turnover totals, the Rams turned the ball over when it mattered most – down the stretch. 

Mary Kate O’Day was the main bright spot for the Rams in the loss. She led the team in scoring every quarter except the last. In total, she tallied a game-high 26 points. She also led the Rams in rebounds with seven. 

Emily Velozo followed her with 12 points and four assists. Velozo dominated the final quarter as she tried to will her team back into the game. 

Despite Velozo’s heroic fourth-quarter performance and the Rams’ comeback effort as a whole, Worcester State went on to win 81-64. 

O’Day was named to the MASCAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference First Team. She ended the year averaging 17.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. 

Velozo was named to the MASCAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Second Team. She was second on the Rams in scoring with 14.8 points per game to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

Liana Cunningham was named the Rookie of the Year in the MASCAC. She averaged 28 minutes per game as a freshman. She contributed 1.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-high 4.3 assists per game. 

With the loss, Framingham fell short of a fourth-straight MASCAC Finals appearance and will look to get back to the final stage next season, with all but one player returning.