Women’s basketball clutches outright MASCAC regular season title

The Rams’ women’s basketball team continued their undefeated reign on the MASCAC with back-to-back victories this past week. 

They first hosted the Salem State Vikings Feb. 15 with the hopes of securing the top seed for the MASCAC tournament. 

Salem held the game halfway through the first quarter, but eventually gave the Rams the space they needed to take a 15-11 lead.

The Vikings pushed back during the second quarter – keeping the Rams’ lead within one – until Framingham took off on a 9-1 run, heading into the third with a score of 40-29. 

The Rams started the second half strong and extended the lead by as many as 17 after a pair of threes from senior Mary Kate O’Day and freshman Krysta Padellaro. 

Framingham carried their momentum throughout the final two quarters, even extending the lead by a whopping 31 points during the third. 

The Rams finished the match with a 92-53 victory over Salem, securing their top seed spot for the MASCAC tournament. 

O’Day led the game with 27 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Freshman Flannery O’Connor added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the match. 

Framingham then hosted the Bridgewater State Bears for more conference action Feb. 19. 

Prior to the tip-off, the Rams honored their three graduating seniors – O’Day, Emily Velozo, and Julia Sanborn – as they celebrated their Senior Night. 

O’Connor dominated the first quarter for the Rams, scoring six of the team’s eight points in the first two minutes of play. By the end of the quarter, she already racked up 13 points. 

The Bears attempted to cut the Rams lead down, but Framingham held on and ended the first with a 26-13 lead. 

Bridgewater managed to start closing the gap at the beginning of the second, but once again the Rams took off, leading 39-28 by the end of the half. 

The Bears managed to cut the lead down to nine in the third quarter. It was short-lived, though, as Framingham took off on a 15-2 run and extended their lead by as many as 22. 

The Rams pushed their lead up to as much as 30 in the final quarter and never looked back.

Framingham finished the game with a score of 85-63 over the Bears, securing their first outright title in program history. 

O’Connor led the team in points with 21. She also made 11 rebounds for the match. 

O’Day and Velozo followed close behind with 13 points each. Freshman Katty Haidul added 11 points and eight rebounds of her own. 

Framingham is now 11-0 in the MASCAC and 19-5 for the season. 

The Rams travel to Fitchburg State to close out their regular season against the Falcons Feb. 22. 

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