Worcester, Mass.— Framingham State senior Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) scored a career-high 27 points as the Rams of Framingham State University came out victorious over the Clark University women's basketball team in the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Score: Framingham State University 70, Clark University 66
Records: Clark (4-8), Framingham State (8-4)
Location: Worcester, Mass. - Kneller Athletic Center
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Clark came out strong in the first quarter when O'Gara and Cori Ouellette (Madison, Conn.) hit back-to-back three-pointers to give them an 8-4 advantage in the first two minutes of play. Mary Kate O'Day (Berlin, Mass.) put up nine points to help the Rams take a six point lead after the first 10 minutes (21-15).
- Framingham State pulled ahead by 10 points with 4:24 remaining in the second half when junior Emily Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.) stepped behind the arc for three (33-23). Ezemma put up five points in just over a minute to help pull Clark back within five at the 2:11 mark (35-30). O'Day completed an and-one play and Harris hit a jumper to give the Rams a nine-point lead heading into the halftime break (40-31).
- Clark kicked off the third stanza with a three-pointer from senior Maya Kerstetter (Northampton, Mass.) but the Rams pulled ahead by 11 when junior Julia Sanborn (Dracut, Mass.) made a jumper from the wing and Harris sank three free-throws (45-34). The Cougars found their spark again with 7:15 on the clock when a free throw and a drive to the basket from Ezemma and back-to-back three-pointers from first year Emily Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) brought them back within three with 3:40 on the clock (47-44).
- The Rams were able to regain a seven-point lead before five more points from Sifferlen and a jumper from O'Gara tied the game at 51-51 with just over a minute to play in the third. One more free-throw for the visitors gave them the 52-51 edge heading into the final 10 minutes.
- Sifferlen sank her fourth three-pointer of the day to kick off the fourth quarter, giving Clark a 54-52 lead.
- After trading baskets for most of the 4th quarter Harris sunk a layup with just under a minute to play to take a 67-66 lead. After missed baskets on both ends the Cougars fouled in the final seconds and the Rams hit all four of their free throws to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Harris led all players with a career-best 27 points to go along with six rebounds. O'Day added 22 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Velozo rounded out double-digit scoring with 13 points for the Rams.
- Sifferlen led Clark in scoring with 19 points. Ezemma posted a double-double with 15 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Favaloro also posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. O'Gara rounded out double-digit scoring for the Cougars with 11 points to go along with four steals and a game-high seven assists.
- The Rams shot 40.7% from the field while Clark was just behind them shooting 37.7%.
- Framingham State shot 68.8% from the free-throw line (22-for-32) while Clark shot 40% (6-for-15).
- The Cougars outrebounded the Rams 45-39.
- Harris and O'Day were named to the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic All- Tournament Team.
- Clark is back in action on Saturday, January 5th when they host Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action at 1:00 p.m.
- Framingham State hosts Fitchburg State on the same day at 5:00 p.m.
- Clark is back in action on Saturday, January 5th when they host Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action at 1:00 p.m. Framingham State hosts Fitchburg State on the same day at 5:00 p.m.
*Release courtesy of Clark sports information