Report and photo by Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The duo of juniors Mary Kate O’Day and Emily Velozo combined for 56 points as the Framingham State University women’s basketball team defeated Fitchburg State University 76-41 Saturday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action at the Athletic Center.
Framingham is now 9-4, and 1-0 in the Conference.
Fitchburg State is now 6-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Rams jumped out to a 10-2 lead midway through the first quarter led by seven points from O’Day on the run.
· Fitchburg closed the quarter with a 6-0 run over the final five minutes fueled by four points from junior Emily Beauvais to trail 10-8 after one.
· A layup from junior Angelina Marazzi tied the game at 10-10 just 20 seconds into the second quarter, but the Rams would go on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes fueled by six points from O’Day and four from Velozo to take a 24-10 lead.
· Marazzi ended the spurt with layup, but a three from sophomore Camille Desrochers put the Rams on top 27-12 before the hosts took a 33-17 lead at the half.
· In the third quarter, the Rams kept building on the lead and led by as many as 54-29. The Rams continued to extend the lead and led by as many as 35 in the fourth quarter before securing the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
· O’Day led all scorers with a game-high 34 points with nine rebounds, two assists and a steal. O’Day connected on 14-of-26 from the floor.
· Velozo finished the contest with 22 points on 10-of-16 from the floor and added four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
· Junior Julia Sanborn grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds, while freshman Liana Cunningham finished the game with seven assists.
· The Falcons were paced by a team-high 15 points from Marazzi. Marazzi connected on just seven-of-23 from the floor and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
· Junior Catherine Coppinger chipped in with 11 rebounds for the visitors
The Rams are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Worcester State for a MASCAC matchup at 7:30 p.m.