Framingham, Mass. – Junior Kierra McCarthy converted a driving layup with 7.3 second remaining to lift the Westfield State University women's basketball team to an 80-78 victory over the Framingham State University women's basketball team this evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at the Athletic Center.
- Score: Westfield State 80, Framingham State 78
- Records: Framingham State (11-5, 3-1 MASCAC), Westfield State (9-7, 3-0 MASCAC)
- Location: Athletic Center – Framingham, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Owls opened the game with a 10-0 run over the first three minutes capped by a three from junior Kierra McCarthy (Ludlow, Mass.).
- Junior Mary Kate O'Day (Berlin, Mass.) got the Rams on the board with a bucket and free throw and a three from sophomore Abbey Battaini (Haverhill, Mass.) cut the deficit to 10-6 with just over four minutes remaining in the first.
- The Owls extended their first quarter lead to 21-6 with an 11-0 run over the next two and a half minutes before taking a 23-10 lead after one.
- The Owls extended their lead to 16 on a three from junior Chelsea Moussette (Southampton, Mass.) just over two minutes into the second.
- The Rams would outscore the Owls 27-4 over the next seven minutes taking a 39-32 lead before a McCarthy bucket would send the game to the locker room with the Rams leading 39-34.
- The Rams connected on six threes in the second quarter and received a pair from sophomore Camille Desrochers (Westford, Mass.) and a pair from junior Emily Velozo (Tewksbury, Mass.), who scored 10 in the quarter.
- The Rams led by six, 42-36, on a three from Velozo just over a minute into the third quarter.
- A put back from McCarthy with just over eight minutes remaining cut the gap to 42-39 and was the 1,000th career point for McCarthy.
- The Rams maintained the lead until a Barrett layup with 2:19 remaining in the quarter tied the game at 51-51.
- Barrett put the Owls in the lead 54-51 with a three, but the Rams tied the game at 54-54 after a pair of free throws from junior Julia Sanborn (Dracut, Mass.). Battaini put the Rams ahead with a three with 22 seconds remaining in the quarter as the Rams led 57-54 after three.
- The Rams used a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter to take a ten point lead, 66-56. Battaini and Velozo both connected from long range on the spurt.
- Westfield State cut the Rams lead to seven on a layup from Melissa Gray (Peabody, Mass.) with 6:08 on the clock, but the Rams scored four straight on layups from senior Tiphani Harris (Revere, Mass.) and Desrochers giving the Rams their largest lead of the game (72-61) with 5:02 on the clock.
- Westfield State chipped away at the lead and pulled within one (74-73) on a free throw from McCarthy.
- Westfield fouled on the Rams ensuing possession and O'Day sank both free throws pushing the advantage back to three (76-73) with 52.5 left.
- A three from senior Allison Hester (Sutton, Mass.) tied the game at 76-76 with 41 seconds left. Westfield fouled on the following possession and O'Day sank both putting the Rams back up two with 40.7 left.
- After a timeout the Owls advanced the ball and McCarthy converted on a drive retying the game at 78-78.
- The Rams missed on the ensuing possession and a jump ball was called on the rebound giving possession to the Owls with 7.3 remaining. The Owls called timeout to advance the ball and McCarthy once again converted a drive with 2.3 left. The Rams inbounded and were unable to get a good look off.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Velozo paced the Rams with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Velozo connected on eight-of-12 from the floor in the game.
- O'Day finished the game with a double double of 21 points and 10 boards with five assists and two steals. Battaini finished the game connecting on four-of-eight from behind the arc for 18 points, while Desrochers finished with eight.
- McCarthy finished with a game-high 26 points for the Owls, while Barrett finished with 25. Hester added 12 points, while Moussette finished with 10.
- The Rams outscored the Owls 29-11 in the second quarter and shot 78.6% from the floor in the frame (11-14) and were a perfect six-of-six from behind the arc.
The Rams are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they host Bridgewater State in a MASCAC match-up beginning at 3 p.m., while the Owls host Salem State in a MASCAC tilt on Saturday at 2 p.m.