By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The top seeded Framingham State University women’s basketball team defeated fourth seed Worcester State University 81-63 in one semifinal of the 2022 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament Thursday evening at the Athletic Center in Framingham.
With the victory, the Rams advance to the tournament finals on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
With the loss, Worcester State ends its season at 12-14 overall.
With the win Framingham State Rams improve to 21-3 overall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams saw four players tally double figures in the game led by a game-high 22 points from Gwendolyn Carpenter. Carpenter connected on 5-of-9 from the floor including 4-of-4 from behind the arc to go along with five rebounds and eight assists.
- Flannery O’Connor and Katty Haidul each recorded double doubles in the game for the Rams. O’Connor scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds with two assists and two blocks, while Haidul scored 20 points with 11 rebounds and two assists.
- Camille Desrochers added 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in the game, while Krysta Padellaro finished with seven points and four boards.
- Gigi LeMay led the Lancers with a team-best 17 points and 15 rebounds. LeMay connected on 7-of-18 from the floor and added two assists, two steals and three blocks.
- Abby St. Martin finished the night with 14 points on 7-of-12 from the floor and added seven boards, while Erin Gallella finished the game with 11 points and four boards.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After trading points to start the game, the Rams used a 5-0 run to take a 10-4 lead midway through the quarter.
- The Lancers closed the gap to four on an St. Martin jumper with just under four to play, but the Rams pushed the lead to 17-9 on an O’Connor bucket in the paint.
- The Lancers closed the quarter with four straight points from LeMay to close the first trailing 17-13.
- The Rams opened the second quarter with a 14-4 run taking a 29-19 lead midway through the frame.
- The Lancers closed the gap to seven, 31-24, with just over two to play in the half, but the Rams scored nine straight including a three as the shot clock was expiring by Padellaro to give the Rams their largest lead of the half, 39-24.
- A Calli Korbey jumper for the Lancers would send them to the locker room trailing 39-27.
- Leading 47-37 three minutes into the third, the Rams rattled off a 12-2 run capped by a Desrochers three to take a 59-39 lead with just under three to play in the quarter.
- The Lancers closed the quarter with an 8-4 run of their own to head to the fourth trailing 63-47.
- The Lancers opened the fourth quarter with an 8-3 run cutting the deficit to 66-55 with 6:04 to play.
- The Rams pushed the lead back to 70-55 after layups from Desrochers and O’Connor.
- The Lancers would pull to within 11 on multiple occasions including on a pair of Erin Gallella free throws with just under two to play, but the Rams tallied the final seven points of the game to secure the victory and advance to the tournament finals on Saturday.
UP NEXT: With the win, the top seeded Rams advance to the MASCAC Tournament Finals on Saturday where they will host second seed Bridgewater State at 1 p.m.