Report and photo courtesy of Framingham State athletics
WORCESTER – The Framingham State women’s basketball team thwarted a late push by Worcester State to defeat the Lancers 62-59 in Worcester on Wednesday evening. The win for the Rams was the 100th victory at Framingham State for Rams head coach Walter Paschal and the 300th of his career, including his 14 seasons at the helm of Fitchburg State.
With the win Framingham State remains undefeated in the Conference at 2-0 and 10-4 overall.
Score: Framingham State University 62, Worcester State University 59
Records:Framingham State (10-4, 2-0 MASCAC), Worcester State University (9-4, 1-1 MASCAC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (John P. Brissette Court)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After the teams played a tightly contested first quarter that ended tied at 18, the second quarter was all Rams. Worcester State shot just 2-for-13 in the quarter, including 0-for-6 from three, while the Rams hit four triples to outscore the Lancers 18-4 and go the to locker room with a 36-22 lead. Ram junior Mary Kate O’Day led all players with 11 first half points.
- The third quarter saw the Lancers begin to chip away at Framingham’s lead, but a three with 25 seconds left in the quarter from sophomore Camille Desrochers was a tough pill to swallow to close out the quarter, and the Lancers trailed 50-39 heading into the final stanza.
- Worcester State took control on both ends of the floor in the early stages of the fourth quarter, opening the period on a 12-0 run to take their first lead since the first quarter. A layin by Tiphani Harris would finally end the run with 4:17 left in the quarter to put the Rams back on top by a score of 52-51, and was the first of four lead changes in the game’s final minutes.
- After a lay up by Worcester State senior Emily Carens tied the score at 59-59 with 1:03 to go, the Rams were able to close it out from the charity stripe. After junior Emily Velozo got fouled under the basket she put in one of two with just over 40 seconds remaining. After the Rams forced a turnover at the other end junior Julia Sanborn closed it out with a pair of clutch free throws with 15 seconds left to seal the deal. The Lancers were unable to get away a shot in the possession that followed and the Rams held on for the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Harris and Lancer senior Brittany Herring finished as the game’s co-high scorers, each putting in 16 points.
- O’Day finished with 15 points for the Rams, while Worcester State’s Kaitlyn Berkel and Kate Surprenant also finished in double figures with 14 and 10 points respectively.
- Herring also served as the game’s leading rebounder, pulling down nine boards in the loss.
- Framingham State will travel to Salem State for their next contest, also on Saturday at 3 p.m.
*Poirtions of release courtesy of WSU sports information