By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – Junior Kierra McCarthy converted a driving layup with 7.3 second remaining to lift the Westfield State University women’s basketball team to an 80-78 victory over the Framingham State University women’s basketball team Wednesday evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference action at the Athletic Center in Framingham.
With the loss, Framingham falls to 11-5, and suffers first Conference loss. Now 3-1 in the Conference.
Westfield State improves to 9-7 and remains undefeated in the Conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Owls opened the game with a 10-0 run over the first three minutes capped by a three from junior Kierra McCarthy
· Junior Mary Kate O’Day got the Rams on the board with a bucket and free throw and a three from sophomore Abbey Battaini (Haverhill, Mass.) cut the deficit to 10-6 with just over four minutes remaining in the first.
· The Owls extended their first quarter lead to 21-6 with an 11-0 run over the next two and a half minutes before taking a 23-10 lead after one.
· The Owls extended their lead to 16 on a three from junior Chelsea Moussette just over two minutes into the second.
· The Rams would outscore the Owls 27-4 over the next seven minutes taking a 39-32 lead before a McCarthy bucket would send the game to the locker room with the Rams leading 39-34.
· The Rams connected on six threes in the second quarter and received a pair from sophomore Camille Desrochers and a pair from junior Emily Velozo, who scored 10 in the quarter.
· The Rams led by six, 42-36, on a three from Velozo just over a minute into the third quarter.
· A put back from McCarthy with just over eight minutes remaining cut the gap to 42-39 and was the 1,000th career point for McCarthy.
· The Rams maintained the lead until a Barrett layup with 2:19 remaining in the quarter tied the game at 51-51.
· Barrett put the Owls in the lead 54-51 with a three, but the Rams tied the game at 54-54 after a pair of free throws from junior Julia Sanborn. Battaini put the Rams ahead with a three with 22 seconds remaining in the quarter as the Rams led 57-54 after three.
· The Rams used a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter to take a ten point lead, 66-56. Battaini and Velozo both connected from long range on the spurt.
· Westfield State cut the Rams lead to seven on a layup from Melissa Gray with 6:08 on the clock, but the Rams scored four straight on layups from senior Tiphani Harris and Desrochers giving the Rams their largest lead of the game (72-61) with 5:02 on the clock.
· Westfield State chipped away at the lead and pulled within one (74-73) on a free throw from McCarthy.
· Westfield fouled on the Rams ensuing possession and O’Day sank both free throws pushing the advantage back to three (76-73) with 52.5 left.
· A three from senior Allison Hester tied the game at 76-76 with 41 seconds left. Westfield fouled on the following possession and O’Day sank both putting the Rams back up two with 40.7 left.
· After a timeout the Owls advanced the ball and McCarthy converted on a drive retying the game at 78-78.
· The Rams missed on the ensuing possession and a jump ball was called on the rebound giving possession to the Owls with 7.3 remaining. The Owls called timeout to advance the ball and McCarthy once again converted a drive with 2.3 left. The Rams inbounded and were unable to get a good look off.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
· Velozo paced the Rams with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Velozo connected on eight-of-12 from the floor in the game.
· O’Day finished the game with a double double of 21 points and 10 boards with five assists and two steals. Battaini finished the game connecting on four-of-eight from behind the arc for 18 points, while Desrochers finished with eight.
· McCarthy finished with a game-high 26 points for the Owls, while Barrett finished with 25. Hester added 12 points, while Moussette finished with 10.
· The Rams outscored the Owls 29-11 in the second quarter and shot 78.6% from the floor in the frame (11-14) and were a perfect six-of-six from behind the arc.
The Rams are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host Bridgewater State in a MASCAC match-up beginning at 3 p.m.