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27 Féquière Points Leads UAlbany Women's Basketball Past Fordham 59-52 in OT

UAlbany Sports Information   11-19-2017

Women’s Basketball Score: UAlbany 59, Fordham 52 (OT)

Location: Albany, N.Y. – SEFCU Arena

Records: UAlbany (2-1), Fordham (1-2)

Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team rode a career-high 27 points from Jessica Féquière, including eight in overtime, to grab a 59-52 victory over Fordham in the home opener.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: Jessica Féquière notched 27 points, including 17 in the first half and eight in overtime, passing her earlier career-high of 24 vs. Stony Brook last season. Chyanna Canada had 10 points off the bench while Heather Forster had seven rebounds, two steals and four points, including the game-tying free throw to force overtime.
  • Fordham: G’mrice Davis had a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, adding three steals. Lauren Holden and Bre Cavanaugh each had 11 points.

Key Situations:

  • 7:03-4:09 1st quarter: UAlbany puts together a 6-0 run, including a jumper and a layup down the lane by Jessica Féquière, to give UAlbany a 9-2 advantage. Féquière was 5-for-5 in the first quarter for 12 points. 
  • 2:23-0:00 2nd quarter: Chyanna Canada muscles in the paint for a pair of layups in one minute. UAlbany gets the final shot, with Fequiere hitting a kickout three at the first half buzzer for a 29-17 UAlbany lead at the break.
  • 3:45-0:00 4th quarter: Led by seven points by G’Mrice Davis, Fordham takes the lead with an 8-0 run. Heather Forster ties the game with a backend free throw to force overtime.
  • 4:04-3:27 1st overtime: Féquière buries a long three to give UAlbany the lead, then adds a jumper on the next possession for a five-point lead. UAlbany did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.

Quote: “Today’s game was a lot about our defense; if our defense did not play that way with grit and heart, it may not have gone our way.  Shooting slumps will happen, but Jessica [Féquière] was our offensive spark today.” – UAlbany head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee

Recap: After Fordham came back to force overtime, the UAlbany women’s basketball team used an early run sparked by Féquière to win its home opener 59-52 on Sunday afternoon.

UAlbany attacked the basket early in the quarter, focusing primarily on the paint.  Jessica Féquière led an early 6-0 run, capped but a short jumper and a layup down the lane, to make it 9-2 UAlbany.  Another Fequiere layup, plus a drive down the paint by Chyanna Canada, made it 13-6 UAlbany.  Fequiere added a late three to finish the quarter 5-for-5 from the field and give UAlbany a 16-8 lead after one.

UAlbany continued to attack with its forwards, pushing ahead by nine after layups by Alexi Schecter and Tiana-Jo Carter midway through the second.  Canada added two more in just over a minute to make it double digits.  Kendell Heremaia notched a layup for Fordham to bring the Rams within nine, then Fequiere buried a three at the first half buzzer to make it 29-17 UAlbany.

Into the third quarter, UAlbany kept countering Fordham scores, going back and forth all period.  Bose Aiyalogbe kept UAlbany comfortably ahead with a turnaround jumper, then a wide open three off a kickout.  UAlbany’s defense held against long Fordham shots, taking a 40-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

UAlbany built its lead to 13 with a turnaround layup by Heather Forster with 8:14 left.  Fordham countered with seven straight points, including two turnaround layups by G’Mrice Davis, to pull within six.  Foster ended the run with a free throw, but Davis added another jumper plus a free throw, then Mary Goulding hit a free throw to pull Fordham within one possession at 45-42 with two minutes left.

Davis scored two more layups for Fordham to give the Rams their first lead of the game at 46-45 with 20 seconds left.  On a third chance, Forster got fouled in the act of shooting with 2.7 seconds remaining to force overtime, tied at 46-46.

After an exchange of possessions, Féquière hit a deep three from Mackenzie Trpcic to put UAlbany back ahead.  Next possession, Féquière added another jumper.  UAlbany held the rest of the way, with late free throws from Canada, Féquière and CeCe Mayo, to win the game 59-52.

UAlbany stays home for its next game, taking on Wagner on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7 p.m. in the SEFCU Arena.  For ticket information, contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

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