By Liam Gambon
On Jan. 21, the Framingham State Rams hosted Worcester State in a hard-fought matchup.
The Rams walked a thin line all game as they just barely led after each quarter, first leading 18-15 after the first then 27-25 after the second. At the end of the third they led 45-41 and ended up holding on to win in the end 61-53.
Framingham benefitted from stand-out center Alycia Rackliffe as she put up 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting while also pulling down eight rebounds and collecting two steals and two blocks.
The Rams also benefited from the guard-forward tandem of Raegan Mulherin and Monta Connolly, as they both put up nine points each and both collected five rebounds. Connolly also had three steals.
Starting guard Lauren Donahue put up seven points while also having a game-high six steals and four assists. Tiphani Harris came up big o/ the bench with eight points and eight rebounds.
This game was clearly a tight matchup all night long as the largest lead was eight points by Framingham, which was the game-ending lead.
The Framingham State Rams improved to 15-3 and 5-1 in the MASCAC with a win over Fitchburg State.
The Rams came out shooting in this one ending the first quarter up 36-11. The 36 points is more than both Curry College and Lasell put up in an entire game against them earlier in the season.
Framingham put up 26 more points in the next quarter to stretch their lead to 62-19 which wrapped the game up as it would go on to win the game 99-44.
The Rams’ main source of scoring came from Rackliffe who put up 24 points while shooting an excellent 11-for-13 from the field and also pulled down 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
The Rams passed the ball around exceptionally which led to 24 total assists, compared to Fitchburg’s four, with seven coming from Donahue, Ive coming from Connolly, four from Mulherin and three from Sarah Palace.
Mulherin also put up 10 points on the night. Connolly contributed seven rebounds as well.
Harris led the bench in scoring with 14 points as she traveled to the free throw line 11 times making 10 of them. Quinn O’Connell and Mary Kate O’Day who each contributed 11 points. Harris also pulled down seven rebounds.
The Rams will take on Salem State in a road matchup next on Saturday, Jan. 28.