By Adam Levine
The Framingham State Rams beat the Worcester State Lancers by a score of 75-54 Feb. 18 at Logan Gymnasium.
Framingham honored their graduating senior - Casey McAuliffe - at the start of their final regular season game.
Framingham outscored Worcester in the paint 48-22 and also outscored them on turnovers 21-7.
The first quarter began with an even matchup, despite the Lancers holding an edge over the Rams.
With 6:21 remaining of the first quarter, Worcester held their largest lead of the game with a score of 9-4.
The Rams outscored the Lancers 8-5 to close out the quarter.
Worcester led 14-12 to end the first quarter.
The Rams opened the second quarter with back-to-back layups to take the lead over the Lancers. Framingham did not give up their lead for the remainder of the game.
Framingham’s early baskets helped them outscore Worcester 16-12 during the second quarter.
The Rams’ Katie Haselton and Gwendolyn Carpenter each scored 7 points during the quarter.
After the first half, Framingham led 28-26.
Framingham’s lead was accredited to the team’s efficient shooting. The Rams shot for 44.8% from the field in comparison to the Lancers shooting 28.6% from the field.
The Rams began the third quarter and continued to build on their lead.
In the opening 4 minutes of the third quarter, Framingham outscored Worcester 10-4 and held an 8-point lead.
The Lancers fought back and minimized Framingham’s lead. With 3:17 remaining in the third quarter, Framingham led 44-41.
The Rams closed out the third quarter by scoring 9 unanswered points, all from Ram Katty Haidul.
Framingham began the fourth quarter with a 53-41 lead over Worcester.
Framingham’s Jenna Tavanese made a quick 3-point shot, increasing the Rams’ lead to 56-41.
Over the remainder of the game, Framingham continued to outscore the Lancers.
With 1:14 remaining in the game, Framingham held a lead of 75-54, which capped their largest lead of 21 points.
The final minute of the game was scoreless for both teams, and the Rams secured their 75-54 victory over the Lancers.
Framingham shot for 55% from the field throughout the game, in comparison to Worcester shooting 33.3% from the field.
Carpenter, who recorded a game-high of nine assists and made four of her six field goals, said, “Everyone did a really good job - it's a good team win.”
Framingham’s win over Worcester State gives them a bye in the MASCAC playoffs. The Rams are looking toward their playoff run.
The Ram’s Head Coach, Walter Paschal, said, “It's been kind of up and down, but we got the two seed - we get a little rest.”
Carpenter said that they are working to win another MASCAC championship.
The Rams concluded their regular season with an overall record of 17-5 and a conference record of 9-3.
Framingham will host Westfield State for the MASCAC playoff semi-finals matchup Feb. 24.