FITCHBURG – The Framingham State University women’s basketball team defeated Fitchburg State by a score of 88-49 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon to open conference play.
With the win the Rams improve to 7-6 and 1-0 the Conference. The Falcons are now 4-8 and 0-1 in league play.
The Rams were led by sophomore Mary Kate O’Day (pictured) who finished with game-leading 23 points and six caroms, while junior Tiphani Harris chipped in with double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Falcons were paced by Angelina Marazzi with a team-best 16 points and four boards, while sophomore Catherine Coppinger added seven points and three rebounds.
Framingham State raced out to an early 13-4 lead in the first quarter after a 9-2 run on a three pointer and jumper by O’Day as well as buckets from Harris and sophomore Julia Sanborn.
In the second frame, the Rams extended its margin (38-19) late in the quarter after a jumper by sophomore Emily Velozo. Fitchburg State closed out the quarter on a 5-0 stretch as newcomer Mishelle Logie drained a three pointer and a layup to make the score 38-24 going into the break.
Following the intermission, Framingham State upped its advantage (65-35), going on a 7-2 run, keyed by a trey from O’Day. In the fourth quarter the Rams continued to build on its lead as Velozo knocked down a jumper to make the score
Fitchburg State answered back on a layup from freshman Chloe Roberts (80-48), but Framingham State capped the scoring on a trey by newcomer Camille Desrochers resulting in the 88-49 final.
Fitchburg State shot 18-of-60 (30.0%) from the field and 19.4% (6-for-31) from three point range. Framingham State went 33-of-71 (46.5%) overall, including (8-for-18) 44.4% from beyond the arc. the Conference. The Falcons are now 4-8 and 0-1 in league play.
Following the intermission, Framingham State upped its advantage (65-35), going on a 7-2 run, keyed by a trey from O’Day.
Rams will host the Lancers of Worcester State on Wednesday for a MASCAC bout with a 6 p.m. tipoff.
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