Women's Basketball Ends New Hampshire's 13-Game Win Streak 64-55
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s basketball program (14-10, 8-3 AE) entered their game against America East leader New Hampshire (19-4, 9-1 AE) riding a four-game winning streak, the longest of the season so far. The Wildcats’ own winning streak had grown to 13 games, dating back to December 11 against Yale. UAlbany ended the Wildcats’ long winning streak by a final score of 64-55, earning their own five-game win streak.
“I’m really proud of the ladies on the win tonight,” said head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “I thought we stuck it out at the end. This was our third game in six days and we only had one day to prepare for New Hampshire, so I’m very proud of the way we played and the fortitude we displayed at the end.”
After forcing a turnover on the first possession of the game, redshirt-junior Jessica Féquière hit a three-pointer to give UAlbany a 3-0 lead. Another turnover by the Wildcats led to a right-side elbow jumper from senior Imani Tate. After Féquière drew a foul, Tate scored a layup on the ensuing in-bounds play to stretch the Danes’ opening run to 7-0 before New Hampshire scored its first points.
Midway through the first quarter, the Great Danes held an 11-5 lead. Tate had scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in five minutes of play. Senior Cassandra Edwards entered the game following the media timeout, marking her 100th career appearance as a Great Dane. By the end of the first, UAlbany led 22-13.
The beginning of the second quarter played out evenly, with the Wildcats shrinking the Danes’ lead by just one point through the five-minute mark. In the latter part of the quarter, UAlbany was able to extend its lead to 12 with 1:15 remaining. The Danes retained their 12-point lead, through the end of the quarter, entering halftime with a 35-23 advantage.
Redshirt-junior Bose Aiyalogbe led UAlbany with 12 points on 4-5 shooting through the first half, just one point shy of her career-high. Tate led the team with four rebounds, and freshman Mackenzie Trpcic led with three assists. As a team the Great Danes shot nearly 50% from the floor in the first half, including 60.0% from three.
UAlbany led New Hampshire 16-10 in points in the paint, 22-5 in points off of turnovers, 3-2 in second chance points, 8-0 in fast break points, and 20-7 in bench points. The Danes had also force New Hampshire into 16 turnovers, more than their season average per game.
New Hampshire closed within seven in the first four minutes of the third, and within five with just under five to play. After the media timeout, the Wildcats cut the lead to three with 3:50 remaining in the quarter. By the end of the third the Great Danes led by four, 42-38. New Hampshire outscored UAlbany 15-7 in the quarter.
New Hampshire scored first in the fourth, bringing the game within two. Senior Bailey Hixson staunched the bleeding with a three-pointer to extend the lead back to five. With 4:24 remaining, the Great Danes’ lead grew to seven.
With 2:24 remaining, New Hampshire had come back within five. Féquière drew a foul and knocked down one of two free throws to put the Danes back up by six. On UAlbany’s next possession, Tate drew a foul on a made layup and successfully converted the free throw to give the Great Danes a nine-point lead with 90 seconds remaining. UAlbany went on to win 64-55.
Tate led UAlbany with 14 points. Aiyalogbe finished with 12. Sophomore Heather Forster led with seven rebounds, and Trpcic led with seven assists. The Great Danes led the Wildcats 30-16 in points in the paint, 33-13 in points off of turnovers, 12-0 in fast break points, and 26-7 in bench points. New Hampshire held a 9-7 advantage in second chance points.
“This was such a team win,” said Coach Mac. “It wasn’t really on any individual player, we didn’t have one person just go off, but everybody stepped up at different times and I think that’s indicative of where we want to be at this point in the season.”
Next, the Great Danes will play their penultimate home game of the season when they host Binghamton on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. The team will celebrate senior night during the final home game of the regular season on Saturday, February 18 against Maine.