Report and photo courtesy of Framingham State athletics
SALEM – Framingham State sophomore Abbey Battaini scored a career-high 20 points off the bench en route to a 77-54 win over Salem State in MASCAC action Saturday afternoon.
Battaini was 6-of-10 from long range including four-off-five in the first quarter.
With the win, Framingham state remains undefeated in the conference at 3-0 and improves to 11-4 overall.
Salem State drops to 2-13 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Early in the first quarter Framingham State struggled from the floor opening up the game just 1-for-8 from the field. As the quarter progressed the Rams settled in with help from the hot-handed Battaini off the bench. The Rams took a 17-16 at the end of the first quarter.
- The visiting Rams scored the first five points of the second quarter and rode Mary Kate O’Day’s 10 second quarter points to a 39-32 halftime lead.
- The Rams continued to stretch their lead in the second half shooting near 50% from the floor and long range and led by as much as 25 late in the game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Battaini led all scorers with 20, while O’Day finished with 17 and senior Tiphani Harris added 10 points. Freshman Liana Cunningham scored four points with five board, three swipes and a game-best nine assists.
- For the Vikings, Kia Fernandes scored 13 points (FG 5-9) and grabbed 11 rebounds. Tyra Scott put up 16 points (8-17).
- The Rams forced 23 Vikings turnovers leading to 21 points by Framingham State.
- Framingham State returns to action on Wednesday when they host MASCAC rival Westfield State at 8 p.m.