O’Connor and the Rams finish second in the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament

The Women’s Basketball team competed in the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament Nov. 15 and 16. 

The Rams first faced off against the Eastern Nazarene Lions to start their tournament. 

Both teams came out and scored 16 points in the first quarter, with Mary Kate O’Day suppling the Rams with 11 of their 16. 

The second quarter was very different, as Framingham dropped 18 points to the Lions’ five. The Rams shot 38.9 percent from the field, while Eastern Nazarene shot 15.4 percent. 

The third quarter was played mostly by the Framingham bench, and the Lions barely outscored the Rams in the frame 11-8. 

Eastern Nazarene continued to push back in the final quarter, outscoring Framingham 19-17.

But the Rams were able to hold the lead, winning 59-51. 

O’Day finished with a team-high 19 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. 

Flannery O’Connor came off the bench and scored 11 for the Rams, crashing the boards for seven rebounds and gathering a block and two steals. 

The Rams played their second game against Brandeis, which was the championship game for the tournament. The Rams claimed the lead just once. 

After the Rams owned a 7-3 lead, Brandeis came back and took the lead, which they held for the entire game. 

Thanks to outscoring the Rams in three of the four quarters, Brandeis won the championship game 72-54. 

The Framingham bench scored 36 points for the game, accounting for more than half of the Rams’ points.

O’Connor scored a team-high 13 points off the bench to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks, while O’Day racked up 12 points and six rebounds. 

After scoring in double digits and finishing in the top two in team scoring each game this season, O’Connor was honored with the Rookie of the Week award. 

“It’s an amazing feeling,” O’Connor said. “I was very nervous getting into the games, and still am, but I just have to keep pushing myself and continue to work at getting better.”

O’Connor is averaging 13.7 points per game, eight rebounds, a steal, and a MASCAC-high 2.3 blocks in her first collegiate career season. 

“It’s been amazing. At first it was definitely a big change. College basketball is a lot faster-paced so that is one thing that I have to get used to. 

But being on the team with these amazing girls is honestly life-changing,” O’Connor said. “I have found such amazing friends on the team and would do anything for any of them. They have definitely helped me in the transition to college and have made me feel so welcome. I can’t wait for what’s in store for the rest of the season.”

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