By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham State University women’s basketball closed the regular season and secured the second seed in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament with a 75-54 victory over Worcester State Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Logan Gymnasium in Framingham.
Worcester State falls to 6-6 in the MASCAC and 10-15 overall.
Framingham State improves to 9-3 in the Conference.
The Rams are 17-5 overall after the regular season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
· The Lancers led 9-4 four minutes into the game after a putback from Sarah Blomgren, but the Rams scored five straight capped by a Katty Haidul layup to take a 10-9 lead. The two teams traded baskets and Worcester State led 14-12 after one.
· The Rams started the second quarter with an 8-1 run capped by capped by a Gwendolyn Carpenter layup to take a 20-15 lead. The Lancers countered with four straight cutting the deficit to one (20-19). The Rams led by as many as four in the second before taking a 28-26 lead into the half.
· The Rams opened the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt and led 34-28 with 7:30 on the clock.
· The Rams led 38-30 before the Lancers rattled off a 9-2 run closing the gap to 40-39 with just under five to play. Back-to-back layups by Carpenter and Katherine Haselton pushed the lead back to 44-39, but Worcester closed the gap to three (44-41).
· The Rams closed the third and started the fourth quarter with a 16-2 run capped by a Kelsey Yelle bucket to open up a 60-43 lead. The Rams maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the fourth quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
· The Rams were led by 25 points and eight rebounds from Haidul. Haidul connected on10-of-11 from the floor and added an assist and two blocks.
· Haselton finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds and six assists for the Rams, while Yelle finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds.
· The Lancers were led by 18 points from Erin Gallella. Gallella connected on 7-of-14 from the floor and added three rebounds and two steals.
· Julia Hamel chipped in with a double double off the bench as she scored 13 and grabbed 12 boards.
· Prior to the game, the Rams honored guard Casey McAuliffe as part of Senior Day.
UP NEXT: Both teams are back in action next week in the MASCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament with seedings and matchups announced later today, February 18