Marazzi, Mitchell and Holmes combine for 31 points in MASCAC setback
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University women's basketball team dropped a 101-56 decision to the Owls of Westfield State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this evening at the Parkinson Gymnasium.
Score: Fitchburg State 56, Westfield State 101
Records: Fitchburg State (5-12, 0-5 MASCAC) | Westfield State (11-6, 5-0 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State opened the scoring with a three ball from sophomore Angelina Marazzi (Manchester, N.H.) before Westfield State answered back on a trey by freshman Melissa Gray (Peabody, Mass.) (3-3).
The Owls took the lead, going on a 10-0 run, capped by three pointer from graduate student Alyssa Darling (Palmer, Mass.) before the Falcons retied the contest late in the frame on jumper by senior Mercy Frimpong (Worcester, Mass.) (20-20).
In the second frame, Westfield State regained the lead after going on a 13-3 streak, highlighted by three-pointers from junior Allison Hester (Sutton, Mass.), classmate Kierra McCarthy (Ludlow, Mass.) and junior Lucy Barrett (Williamstown, Mass.) for the 35-25 margin. With the score 51-32, Fitchburg State closed out in the first half as freshman Mishelle Logie (Attleboro, Mass.) connected a layup as time expired to make the score 51-34 going into the break.
Following the intermission, the Green and Gold cut the lead to 58-38 as newcomer Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.) and senior Michaela McTomney (Bellingham, Mass.) converted layups before the Owls upped its advantage (70-42) as freshman Taina Slaghter (Springfield, Mass.) drained a three-ball.
In the final quarter of play, following a basket from Hester that extended Westfield State's lead to 86-50, Fitchburg State responded as freshman Payton Holmes (Carver, Mass.) buried a three-ball, but the Owls secured the win on a bucket by freshman Courtney McCurry (Vernon, Conn.), resulting in the 101-56 final.
Inside the Numbers
Fitchburg State shot 21-of-66 (31.8%) from the field and 25.0% (8-for-32) from three point range.
Westfield State went 37-of-92 (40.2%) overall, including (13-for-44) 29.5% from beyond the arc.
The Falcons were led by Marazzi with a team-leading 12 points and seven rebounds, while Mitchell added 11 points and six caroms.
For the Owls, Gray finished with a game-best 17 points and five boards, while McCarthy chipped in with 14 points and two rebounds.
Fitchburg State controlled the glass with a 59-49 margin on the boards, while Westfield State held a 55-27 advantage in bench points.
71st meeting between the two schools on the basketball court with the Falcons 14-57 all-time when taking on the Owls.
Westfield State has won the last eight matchups with Fitchburg State, including a 108-55 decision in the last meeting (1/29/17) at the Parkinson Gymnasium.
Falcons will travel to Bridgewater State on Thursday to take on the Bears for a MASCAC matchup starting at 5:30 P.M. Owls will host the Lancers of Worcester State on the same day for a conference tilt at 5:30 P.M.