Women's Basketball Falls In Low-Scoring Affair At St. John's 54-36
QUEENS, N.Y. – Fresh off a seventh-consecutive victory over Siena in the Albany Cup, the University at Albany women’s basketball program (3-4) visited St. John’s (3-3) Wednesday night. The Great Danes fell to the Red Storm on a night when both offenses struggled, 54-36.
“My hope is that we learn from this loss, and are better for it for the next game,” said head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.
Senior guard Imani Tate scored six of the first 10 points for the Great Danes, who led the Red Storm 10-8 by the first media timeout. The Great Danes scored only one basket for the remainder of the first quarter, and ended the period tied with St. John’s 13-13.
St. John’s opened the second quarter on a 9-3 run to take a 22-16 lead by the mid-way point. The Great Danes scored only six points in the second quarter, with St. John’s starting to pull away with a 28-19 halftime lead. Tate and Bailey Hixson had six points each, and Bose Aiyalogbe had five.
The offenses for both teams stalled in the third quarter. St. John’s hit double digits for the quarter thanks to a 6-0 run in the final three minutes. Tate scored in the final 30 seconds to bring the Great Danes’ point total in line with what they scored in the second quarter. St. John’s entered the fourth quarter leading 38-25.
The Great Dane offense came to life at the start of the fourth quarter with an 8-3 run to cut the lead to 41-34. St. John’s adjusted to UAlbany’s pressure, however, and responded with an 11-2 run to close out the game. The final score 54-36 in favor of St. John’s.
Tate had 18 points to lead the Great Danes. Tate, Aiyalogbe, and Jessica Féquière each had seven rebounds. Mackenzie Trpcic had four assists. St. John’s outscored UAlbany in points in the paint, points off of turnovers, fast break points, and bench points. Only five of the 10 UAlbany players who got into the game scored.
The Great Danes end November with a 3-4 record. Looking ahead to December, the team hosts two home games and will play on the road four times, bringing the non-conference schedule to a close on December 29 at Dartmouth. The turn of the calendar will mark the beginning of America East competition, starting January 4 when the Danes host UMass Lowell.
Next, the Great Danes stay on the road, and will visit Yale on Saturday, December 3, as part of a double header with the men’s team. The women tip off at 4:30 p.m. after the conclusion of the men’s game.