By Clark University athletics
WORCESTER – Framingham State senior Tiphani Harris scored a career-high 27 points as the Rams of Framingham State University came out victorious over the Clark University women’s basketball team in the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Rams are now 8-4 overall.
With the loss, Clarkies drop to 4-8.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Clark came out strong in the first quarter when O’Gara and Cori Ouellette hit back-to-back three-pointers to give them an 8-4 advantage in the first two minutes of play. Mary Kate O’Day put up nine points to help the Rams take a six point lead after the first 10 minutes (21-15).
- Framingham State pulled ahead by 10 points with 4:24 remaining in the second half when junior Emily Velozo stepped behind the arc for three (33-23). Ezemma put up five points in just over a minute to help pull Clark back within five at the 2:11 mark (35-30). O’Day completed an and-one play and Harris hit a jumper to give the Rams a nine-point lead heading into the halftime break (40-31).
- Clark kicked off the third stanza with a three-pointer from senior Maya Kerstetter but the Rams pulled ahead by 11 when junior Julia Sanborn made a jumper from the wing and Harris sank three free-throws (45-34). The Cougars found their spark again with 7:15 on the clock when a free throw and a drive to the basket from Ezemma and back-to-back three-pointers from first year Emily Sifferlen brought them back within three with 3:40 on the clock (47-44).
- The Rams were able to regain a seven-point lead before five more points from Sifferlen and a jumper from O’Gara tied the game at 51-51 with just over a minute to play in the third. One more free-throw for the visitors gave them the 52-51 edge heading into the final 10 minutes.
- Sifferlen sank her fourth three-pointer of the day to kick off the fourth quarter, giving Clark a 54-52 lead.
- After trading baskets for most of the 4th quarter Harris sunk a layup with just under a minute to play to take a 67-66 lead. After missed baskets on both ends the Cougars fouled in the final seconds and the Rams hit all four of their free throws to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Harris led all players with a career-best 27 points to go along with six rebounds. O’Day added 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Velozo rounded out double-digit scoring with 13 points for the Rams.
- Sifferlen led Clark in scoring with 19 points. Ezemma posted a double-double with 15 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Favaloro also posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. O’Gara rounded out double-digit scoring for the Cougars with 11 points to go along with four steals and a game-high seven assists.
- The Rams shot 40.7% from the field while Clark was just behind them shooting 37.7%.
- Framingham State shot 68.8% from the free-throw line (22-for-32) while Clark shot 40% (6-for-15).
- The Cougars outrebounded the Rams 45-39.
- Harris and O’Day were named to the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic All- Tournament Team.
Framingham State will host Fitchburg State on January 5th at 5 p.m.