Women’s basketball remains undefeated in the MASCAC

The Rams’ women’s basketball team hosted the Westfield State Owls for MASCAC action Feb. 1. 

The Rams were leading 14-11 at the end of the first quarter, but quickly lost their lead at the beginning of the second when the Owls managed to take a 15-14 lead. 

Framingham was quick to respond, using the next five minutes of play to go on a 14-1 run and extending their lead 28-16. They would never let the lead go again. 

By the end of the second quarter, the Rams were up by 19 points.

Westfield fought back in the third, but Framingham managed to hold their 19-point lead until the end. 

The Rams continued to dominate through the final quarter, expanding their lead to as many as 30 points by the end of play. They took a final 100-74 victory over the Owls. 

Senior captain Julia Sanborn said, “I’ve had my fair share of losses against Westfield, losing to them in championship games both my freshman and sophomore year. We’ve never matched up against them with as much talent as we have this year.”

Senior guard Emily Velozo led the team in points with 30. She also had three steals, four assists, and five rebounds. 

Freshman forwards Flannery O’Connor and Katty Haidul both ended the match with a double-double. O’Connor finished with 13 points and 11 boards, while Haidul managed 15 points, 10 boards, and two blocks. 

Freshman Sarah Sullivan also had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Rams. 

Senior guard Mary Kate O’Day had an impressive two steals, four blocks, five assists, six rebounds, and 12 points by the end of the match. She now has a career 1,411 points and has moved into the second all-time scoring position for the Rams. 

The win keeps Framingham on top at an undefeated 7-0 in the MASCAC, and overall 15-5 record for the season. 

Sanborn said, “We’ve proven to be more determined, driven, and hardworking than we’ve ever been, and I truly feel like that is what has allowed us to be so successful thus far. Moving forward, we just have to build on what we’ve already accomplished this season and continue to work towards our end goal.”

The Rams travel to Worcester State for another MASCAC battle Feb. 8.