Women’s Basketball Falls In Double-Overtime At Fordham 89-82
BRONX, N.Y. – Returning to the road after two games at home, the University at Albany women’s basketball program (2-3) visited Fordham (3-1) on Tuesday, falling to the Rams in double-overtime 89-82 in the Danes’ most tightly-contested game so far this season.
“Hopefully we take away how important it is to make defensive stops in key situations,” said head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “I thought we had opportunities to make defensive stops and close the game out, but we didn’t capitalize on our chances.”
After one, the Great Danes trailed 23-19. Despite the deficit, the team shot 64.3% from the floor. Jessica Féquière led the way with six points, and Imani Tate had five. All five UAlbany starters scored in the first quarter.
The Great Danes took the lead with just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter when Tate hit a three-pointer to give the team a 29-27 lead.
UAlbany took a 38-37 lead into halftime. Tate led the Danes in scoring with 13. Mackenzie Trpcic had five assists. Tiana-Jo Carter and Cassandra Edwards each had four points off the bench. The team as a whole shot 54.8% from the floor in the first half, and outscored Fordham 24-12 in points in the paint.
The Danes opened the second half on a 6-0 run, taking a 44-37 lead, forcing Fordham to take a timeout. Bose Aiyalogbe extended the run to 8-0 before Fordham scored again.
Fordham tied the game at 48 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, before Carter hit a turn-around jumper in the paint to give the Danes back the lead. After Fordham tied the game at 50, Tate went on a personal 4-0 run, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the third time in four games, to give the Danes a 54-50 lead after three.
Carter scored her 10th point of the game with just under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Fordham tied the game at 66 with 57 seconds remaining with a three-pointer. Tate went down to the other end and hit a four-foot jumper with 40 seconds left. Trpcic was fouled with 16.5 seconds left with a chance to ice the game from the free throw line. She made one of two, leaving the Danes with a three-point lead.
Fordham hit two free throws to bring the game within one with 9.7 remaining. The Rams fouled Féquière on the inbounds play, and she proceeded to sink both free throws. Fordham tied the game on a three with eight-tenths of a second left. A turnover on the inbounds play meant the no time ran off the clock, giving Fordham a chance to win in regulation, which came up short on a deflected inbounds pass to the three-point line.
By the end of regulation, Tate, Carter, and Féquière had all scored in double figures.
Fordham took the lead 80-78 with 1:01 remaining in the first overtime. Carter tied the game with a layup with 6.2 seconds left. In the ensuing possession, Fordham drove to the basket and Tate came from the help side to block the attempt out of bounds. After tying up the ball on the next inbounds play, the Great Danes won possession, with a second left, sending the game into a second overtime with the score knotted at 80.
Tate had scored 29 points. Carter matched her career-high with 18. Féquière and Aiyalogbe each had eight rebounds, and Tate and Trpcic each had five assists. Carter had five blocks.
Fordham started the second overtime on a 7-2 run within the first two and a half minutes. The Rams outscored the Great Danes 9-2 in the second overtime to win the game 89-82.
“At times I thought we responded well,” said Coach Mac, commenting on the contentious nature of the game. “I thought the bench stayed very positive and motivated. They definitely brought the energy. But if we’re going to grow from this loss it needs to be in stepping up and making defensive stops.”
Tate ended the game with 31 points. Aiyalogbe grabbed nine rebounds. The team shot 51.4% from the floor for the game, and outscored the Rams 48-22 in points in the paint, and 22-15 in bench points. Four Rams scored in double figures, and they held the advantage in points off of turnovers 20-12, and second chance points 19-13.
Next up, the Great Danes will host the Albany Cup against Siena for the first time ever at SEFCU Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. The men will also host Siena following the women’s game, at 7:00 p.m.
“I told the team in the locker room that it hurts to lose, especially after working so hard,” said Coach Mac. “So we want to let that feeling resonate so we don’t let it happen again. Moving forward, offensively we played well enough to win, we just have to do a better job defensively.”