Women's Basketball Falls At St. Bonaventure, 67-59
ALLEGANY, N.Y. – Riding a three-game winning streak, the University at Albany women’s basketball program (6-6) visited St. Bonaventure (5-6) on Sunday for the penultimate non-conference game of the 2016-17 schedule. The Bonnies opened up a big lead in the second half that the Great Danes couldn’t quite overcome, and UAlbany fell by a score of 67-59.
“Playing through exam week is always tough,” said head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee, “and I think we were just a step sluggish today. Hopefully we can return from the holiday break reenergized.”
Freshman guard Mackenzie Trpcic went 2-2 in the first four minutes from three, scoring six of UAlbany’s opening 10 points.
With 6:14 remaining in the first quarter, senior guard Imani Tate made her first appearance since November 30 at St. John’s. Tate had been sidelined with a foot injury and had not played in the team’s previous four games.
After scoring 12 points in the first 5:13 of the first quarter, the Great Danes scored just two points in the final 4:47. St. Bonaventure scored only six points after the media timeout, but closed out the quarter with a 20-14 lead.
With 2:45 remaining in the second quarter, St. Bonaventure took a 10-point, 32-22 lead. The Great Danes cut it to seven on a three-point play from senior Bailey Hixson after grabbing her own rebound off a three-point miss. A buzzer-beating layup at the end of the quarter gave the Bonnies a 38-27 lead heading into halftime.
In the first half, UAlbany outscored St. Bonaventure in points off of turnovers 11-7 and second chance points. St. Bonaventure held the advantage 2-0 in fast break points and 12-10 in bench points. The two teams were tied in points in the paint with 10 apiece. The Bonnies had recorded an assist on nine of their 13 first half field goals. Eleven of UAlbany’s 18 rebounds in the first half came at the offensive end, comparted to just three offensive rebounds for St. Bonaventure.
Tate and Trpcic led the team in scoring with six points each. Junior forward Jessica Féquière, making her 50th career appearance, had five rebounds and two assists to lead the Great Danes through the first half.
UAlbany outscored St. Bonaventure 12-11 in the third quarter, cutting a Bonnies game-high lead of 14 to 10. Junior Tiana-Jo Carter scored her 500th career point with 8:19 remaining in the fourth quarter on a put-back layup that also drew a foul.
A three-pointer by Féquière with just over three minutes remaining cut the lead to six. Tate cut it to five with a pair of free throws with 36 seconds remaining. The Great Danes would get no closer, with St. Bonaventure winning the game 67-59.
Tate led the team with 16 points. Féquière had seven rebounds and three assists. The Great Danes outscored the Bonnies 24-20 in points in the paint, 19-9 in points off of turnovers, 18-9 in second chance points, and 31-16 in bench points. The teams each scored two fast break points. UAlbany outscored St. Bonaventure 32-29 in the second half.
Next, the Great Danes play their final non-conference game of the regular season when they visit Dartmouth on December 28. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The next home game will be January 4 when UAlbany opens America East play against UMass Lowell.