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Women’s Basketball Defeats Boston University 69-54

UAlbany Sports Information   11-19-2016

ALBANY, N.Y. – Three days after securing its first win of the season, the University at Albany women’s basketball program (2-2) was back in action in SEFCU Arena for the second consecutive game, hosting former conference rival Boston University (0-3).  The Great Danes climbed their way to a .500 record, defeating the Terriers 69-54.

“I thought our communication defensively in the first half was really good,” said head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.  “We did early work in the post, which kept their players at bay.  Our guards did a nice job talking through the switching, because BU moves the ball very well in their offense.”

UAlbany rolled off a 21-0 run in the first quarter to take a 23-3 lead, holding Boston University scoreless for 7:45 of game time.  The Terriers final broke the streak with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter with a pair of free throws.  At the end of the first quarter, the Great Danes led 25-5, and had held the Terriers without a field goal for the last 8:12 of the quarter.  Imani Tate led the Great Danes in points with 10, and Cassandra Edwards had eight.

“In past seasons, my role has been defensive,” said Edwards.  “Coach Mac really wanted me to become more of an offensive threat.  I worked on my 15-footer and my outside game this whole summer, so it’s nice to be able to showcase that a little bit this season.”

The Great Danes put together a 10-0 run in the middle of the second quarter.  They took a 30-point lead with just over 90 seconds left in the first half.  By halftime, the score was 45-17 in favor of UAlbany.  The Terriers ended the quarter on a 6-0 run lasting 54 seconds.  Tate had 16 points.  The team shot 51.5% from the floor in the first half, and had grabbed more offensive rebounds, 11, than Boston University had total rebounds, 10.  UAlbany had also forced 15 turnovers, converting them into 18 points.

“I thought our ball movement and patience, especially in the first half, was very good,” said Coach Mac.

Tate scored her 20th point of the game mid-way through the third quarter, marking her second 20-point effort in her last three games.  The Terriers, however, outplayed the Great Danes in the third quarter, scoring 14 points to UAlbany’s 10.  After three, UAlbany led 55-31. 

Tate hit a season-high 24 points early in the fourth quarter, which was progressing in a similar manner to the third for the Great Danes, who had been outscored 10-8 by the quarter’s media timeout.  Boston University went on a 6-2 run coming out of the time out, bringing the game to within 20 points.  Despite ultimately outscoring UAlbany 23-14 in the fourth, the Terriers fell to the Great Danes 69-54.

“Our team did a really good job keeping the lead,” said Tate.  “We have a lot of offensive threats, and we showed it tonight.”

Aubrey Hernandez and Kumsal Aslan made their season debuts for UAlbany with just under three minutes left in the game, and for the first time this season, all 12 active players on the roster made an appearance in the same game.

UAlbany held the advantage over Boston University 22-16 in points in the paint, 18-9 in points off turnovers, 2-0 in fast break points, and 22-12 in bench points.  Perhaps more importantly, the turnovers that plagued the Great Danes in the first three games of the season were markedly reduced in tonight’s game.

Next up for the Great Danes is a visit to Fordham on Tuesday, November 22.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  The next home game is Sunday, November 27, when UAlbany will host the Albany Cup vs. Siena for the first time.

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