By Matt Noonan
The Framingham State women’s basketball team is headed to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to a thrilling 66-51 win this afternoon against Worcester State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament championship.
Framingham State, which won the conference outright for the first time since sharing the regular-season title with Bridgewater State and Westfield State during the 2013-14 season, registered its third win over the Lancers this season, including its second this month.
Mary Kate O’Day guided the Rams to victory by netting a game-high 27 points on 8 of 16 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, two assists, and one block. Flannery O’Connor finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Krysta Padellaro chipped in seven points, six rebounds, and two assists.
Framingham State led 27-24 at the break before pushing ahead for good in the third by outscoring the visitors, 23-10. Worcester State did reduce the deficit in the fourth quarter – they outscored the Rams, 17-16.
Mya Mosley led the Lancers with 22 points on 8 of 24 shooting, including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc. Gigi LeMay finished with nine points off the bench.
Framingham State has appeared previously in the MASCAC championship but lost both times to Westfield State.
With the win, the Rams will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament next week – they will learn their first-round opponent on Monday, March 2nd.