Women's Basketball Edges Binghamton 67-61
VESTAL, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s basketball team (9-9, 3-2 AE) kicked off a two game road trip at in-state rival Binghamton (8-10, 3-2 AE) Thursday night. After having their home win streak of 24 games ended on Monday against UMBC, the Great Danes bounced back to earn their second road win of the season, defeating the Bearcats by a score of 67-61.
“It’s good to get a win on the road,” said head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.
Binghamton’s Imani Watkins entered the game as the leading scorer in the America East, at 19.4 points per game. Senior Imani Tate ranked second in the conference in scoring at 18.8 points per game.
After Binghamton jumped out to an 11-5 lead, the Great Danes inched back, bringing the lead back within two with seven minutes remaining on a three-point play by junior Tiana-Jo Carter. By the mid-way point, the Bearcats held a 14-11 lead.
Freshman Khepera Stokes tied the game at 16 after the first media timeout on a fast break layup. Binghamton next rolled off a 9-0 run over the next three minutes, before senior Cassandra Edwards scored a layup with just over 1:30 remaining in the first quarter. After one, Binghamton held a 26-20 lead. The Bearcats shot 60.0% in the first quarter.
UAlbany scored the first seven points of the second quarter, taking the lead on a pair of free throws from Carter. Afterwards, Binghamton went on a 14-4 run lasting the remainder of the quarter to head into halftime with a nine-point, 40-31 lead.
Carter led the team with 10 points. Redshirt-junior Bose Aiyalogbe and sophomore Heather Forster led with three rebounds each. And Stokes led with four assists. Two Bearcats, Watkins and Kai Moon, each scored 13 points in the first half.
UAlbany led Binghamton 20-10 in points in the pain, and 17-2 in bench points. Binghamton led 12-9 in points off of turnovers, and 6-4 in fast break points. The teams were tied at five in second chance points.
The Great Danes opened the second half on a 14-8 run to bring the lead within three. With just under two minutes remaining, redshirt-junior Jessica Féquière hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 52. Tate grabbed the offensive rebound off of Féquière’s miss for a put back layup to give the Danes a two-point lead. UAlbany outscored Binghamton 25-14 in the third quarter, taking a 56-54 lead into the fourth. Tate scored 16 points in the third quarter.
“We really didn’t change anything that we were doing in the first half,” said Coach Mac. “It was just in the first half we missed the open shots that we knocked down in the second half. I think that got the momentum finally swinging in our direction. And I think it frustrated Binghamton as well, so the combination of those factors worked in our favor.”
UAlbany scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. Binghamton didn’t score in the fourth until 6:10 remaining. With just under two minutes, senior Bailey Hixson gave the Danes a six-point lead on a step back jumper in the paint. Tate extended the lead to eight with just under one minute remaining. The final score was 67-61 in favor of UAlbany.
Tate led UAlbany with 20 points. Féquière and Aiyalogbe each grabbed nine rebounds. Stokes finished with four assists. UAlbany outscored Binghamton 42-14 in points in the paint, 19-6 in second chance points, 8-6 in fast break points, and 22-3 in bench points. Binghamton led 17-16 in points off of turnovers. The Great Danes outscored the Bearcats 11-7 on the fourth quarter.
Next, the Great Danes will visit Maine, in the first of two regular season matchups between last year’s America East finalists.
“We take one game at a time, so hopefully we can build off of the confidence that this game can give us,” said Coach Mac.