UAlbany added three America East Tournament titles during the winter season and holds the lead in the 2016-17 Stuart P. Haskell Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings.
Playing in their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament, the University at Albany faced top overall seed Connecticut in the first round. Last season, the Great Danes finally broke through, upsetting fifth-seed Florida in the first round before falling to fourth-seed Syracuse in the second. Saturday, the Great Danes fell to the Huskies by a score of 116-55, bringing UAlbany's season 2016-17 to a close.
Last week, the University at Albany women's basketball program won its sixth consecutive America East title and earned its sixth consecutive automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. On Monday, the team finally learned its opponent, drawing top overall seed Connecticut, who will host the game on their home floor in Storrs, Conn.
Three days after winning their sixth-consecutive America East title, the University at Albany women's basketball program (21-11, 12-4 AE) gathered in the SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame Room and awaited their selection for the NCAA Tournament. The team didn't have to wait long, as their name was called in the first matchup revealed. Their opponent will be top overall seed Connecticut (32-0, 16-0 AAC).
For the sixth consecutive season, the University at Albany (21-11, 12-4 AE) women's basketball team has won the America East Championship. In a rematch of last year's title game that saw the Great Danes edge out a one-point victory, UAlbany defeated Maine (18-16, 9-7 AE) at SEFCU Arena 66-50.
For the sixth consecutive season, the University at Albany will play in the America East finals, having won each of the last five. The Great Danes will host the tournament final for the fifth consecutive year, and will play Maine for the second consecutive.
The University at Albany women's basketball team (20-11, 12-4 AE) found itself in another America East semifinal Sunday afternoon, this time against tournament #6 Hartford (17-14, 7-9 AE). Saturday night the Great Danes defeated tournament #7 Vermont by 20 points to earn a berth into the program's sixth straight America East semifinal.
The University at Albany women's basketball team (19-11, 12-4 AE) opened play in the America East Tournament Saturday against tournament #7 Vermont. The Great Danes defeated the Catamounts 65-45 for the program's 15th consecutive tournament victory, breaking a tie with Maine's run from 1995-99 for the longest winning streak in tournament history. It was also head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee's 100th career victory as a head coach.
Seniors Imani Tate and Cassandra Edwards, and redshirt junior Jessica Féquière have each won conference awards, the America East announced Friday night at the tournament banquet.
After locking up the second overall seed in the conference tournament, the University at Albany women's basketball team (18-11, 12-4 AE) will travel to Portland, Maine, to play in the first-ever true neutral site America East Tournament quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
The UAlbany women's basketball team used defense, keeping Hartford to 27.7% from the field, and 32 points in the paint to grab a 58-52 road victory for the 12th win in America East play this season.
After taking sole possession of second place in the America East, the University at Albany women's basketball team (17-11, 11-4 AE) will seek to lock up the second seed for the conference tournament in their regular season finale on Sunday against Hartford.