Leicester, Mass. – The Framingham State University women's basketball team received a combined 39 points from the duo of juniors Mary Kate O'Day (Berlin, Mass.) and Emily Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) as the Rams defeated Becker College 72-61 in non-conference action this evening.
- Score: Framingham State 72, Becker 61
- Records: Framingham State (4-2), Becker College (5-4)
- Location: Leicester Gymnasium – Leicester, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Becker got on the board first on a layup by Sarah Ware before the Rams rattled off a 12-0 run over the next five minutes. Junior Emily Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) chipped in with five points on the run, while classmate Mary Kate O'Day (Berlin, Mass.) added three.
- The Rams extended the lead to 17-4 before Becker closed the gap to nine on bucket from Jazlyn Contreras. The Rams closed the opening quarter with a 7-2 run taking a 24-10 lead after one.
- The Rams extended their lead to as many as 21 on a three by sophomore Camille Desrochers (Westford, Mass.) midway through the second before taking a 37-22 lead into the locker room.
- Framingham State maintained the large lead throughout the third quarter and most of the fourth. Becker cut the deficit down to single digits on a Ciara McKissick layup with just over four minutes remaining in the game, but an O'Day bucket pushed the lead back to double digits.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- O'Day paced the Rams with a team-high 21 points on eight of 16 from the floor. She added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Velozo finished the game with 18 points on seven of 12 from the floor to go along with four boards, five assists and three steals.
- Sophomore Bryanna Santos (Brockton, Mass.) added 12 points and four rebounds off the bench, while senior Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
- The Hawks were led by 15 points from McKissick who connected on six of seven from the floor and added five boards, four assists and two steals.
- Allie Ablondi was the other Hawk in double figures with 13 points off the bench.
- The Rams shot 52% from the floor in the game, while the Hawks shot 45%.
The Rams are back in action on Thursday evening when they travel to Anna Maria College for a 5:30 p.m. contest.