Defense keys much needed win over Framingham 57-45

Defense keys much needed win over Framingham 57-45

North Adams, MA- The MCLA women's basketball team held visiting Framingham to 19% shooting on the day en route to a 57-45 MASCAC victory.  The win moves MCLA to 14-8, tying a school record for wins, and 3-7 in the conference.  The Rams fall to 10-11, 4-7 in the conference.

Freshmen Lucy Tremblay (East Greenbush, NY) and sophomore Jen Wehner (Cooperstown, NY) led the Trailblazers, mirroring each other with game highs of 17 points and 12 boards. 

MCLA never trailed as they took a quick 3-0 lead on Tremblay's opening three pointer.  The Trailblazers would extend the advantage to six on a jumper by Wehner, giving the hosts a 13-7 edge with 11:07 remaining.  The Rams would eventually cut the lead to two on a Megan Gangell layup (13-11) with 9:28 left, but MCLA would respond with a 6-0 burst fueled by a Tremblay trey and a Wehner bucket.

After a pair of free throws from Framingham's Kia Minor made the score 19-13, Ram leading scorer Toya Chester was injured defending MCLA's Jade Prickett.  Without their leading scorer, the Rams would struggle to mount much offense.  MCLA would extend the lead to nine at the half 24-15. 

Framingham would cut the lead to seven at 27-20 with 18:32 left, but MCLA would go on an 11-2 run to essentially put the game away.  They would keep the lead at double digits the rest of the way, leading by as many 19 in the second half.

Wehner added six blocks and three steals in the win.

Framingham was led by Minor's 16 points and 10 boards.  Nicole McConaghy added 10 rebounds as well.

The win matched MCLA's single season program record for wins in a season set last year.  The Trailblazers will attempt to establish a new mark on Tuesday when they host senior night against Fitchburg State.