Women’s Basketball Enjoys Record-Breaking 21-Win Season

Women’s Basketball Enjoys Record-Breaking 21-Win Season

Feb 27, 2017

The Framingham State University women’s basketball team finished the season at 21-5, setting a new program record for victories. The team was led this year by senior Alycia Rackliffe, who finishes her career fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,215 points.

The Rams suffered a hard fought 83-74 loss to Westfield State University in the finals of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship game. The two squads traded blows early in the contest until the Owls took control with an 11-3 run, capped by a fast break layup in the final minute of the first half to extend the Owls advantage to 42-33.

The Owls came out of the break in control, jumping out to a ten point lead a little over halfway through the third period but the Rams answered with a 14-2 run, including six points from freshman Mary Kate O'Day to take a 62-60 lead.

After some back and forth play to open up the 4th, a Rackliffe basket cut the deficit to 71-69 but the Owls scored the next three baskets to go up 78-69. The Rams could not cut the deficit any closer than seven.

In addition to Rackliffe, other standouts for the Rams this year included seniors Monta Connolly, Sarah Palace and juniors Raegan Mulherin, Quinn O’Connell and Lauren Donahue.

The highlight of the year came during the MASCAC semi-final game against MCLA, which saw the Rams win 60-59 on a thrilling three-point shot by Mulherin with less than 4 seconds left to play.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.