Bill Ziskin

Trpcic Leads Women's Basketball Past St. Bonaventure, 69-52

UAlbany Sports Information   12-17-2017

Score: UAlbany 69, St. Bonaventure 52

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (8-2); St. Bonaventure (5-7)

Short Story: Behind Mackenzie Trpcic’s career-high 21 points, UAlbany improved to 8-2 on the season with a 69-52 victory over St. Bonaventure. 

Coach Mac: “I thought that was a really good, gritty team win where everybody stepped up. This group has had a lot on its plate with finals week, and we could have easily lost focus, but instead they really showed their grit. We didn’t really play off of our offense. We just played hard regardless of what was happening on the offensive end and eventually our offense started clicking in the second half.”

Key Stats

  • Mackenzie Trpcic scored eight of UAlbany’s first 12 points
  • Tiana-Jo Carter recorded three blocks in the first half
  • UAlbany scored 15 second chance points in the first half off of 12 offensive rebounds
  • Trpcic scored a career-high 21 points, and recorded a season-high nine assists
  • Féquière scored 20 points
  • UAlbany grabbed 52 total rebounds during the game

How it happened

  • UAlbany opened the game on an 8-2 run, started by Mackenzie Trpcic’s three pointer to begin the game
  • The opening run extended to 16-4 with three minutes remaining in the first
  • St. Bonaventure ended the first on an 8-2 run
  • Trpcic hit a running floater in the paint as time expired in the first
  • Both teams combined to end the second quarter shooting 2-19
  • After St. Bonaventure closed within two, UAlbany scored six straight to extend their lead to eight
  • St. Bonaventure closed the third on a 6-0 run while UAlbany shot 0-5 with no points in the final 2:23
  • Trpcic’s fast break layup early in the fourth set a new season-high 17 points
  • Féquière successfully converted a four-point play with seven minutes remaining to put UAlbany up 10
  • St. Bonaventure’s three-pointer with six minutes left in the fourth put an end to Féquière’s personal 6-0 run
  • Trpcic hit two free throws with 47 seconds remaining to set a new career-high 21 points

Recap

In the penultimate home game of 2017, the University at Albany women’s basketball team defeated visiting St. Bonaventure 69-52 to win their eighth game of the season.

Mackenzie Trpcic kicked off the game with a three-pointer to put UAlbany up 3-0. Her basket initiated an 8-2 opening run for the Great Danes lasting the first three minutes. The Danes’ run built to 16-4 with three minutes left in the opening quarter, before St. Bonaventure went on an 8-0 run to cut the UAlbany lead to six. Trpcic’s running floater as time expired in the first put UAlbany back up eight.

Early in the second, St. Bonaventure closed within four before Jessica Féquière hit a jumper from the free throw line to bring UAlbany’s lead back to six. With one minute remaining in the half, Alexi Schecter ended a 0-8 drought for UAlbany with her first points of the game to put the Danes up by eight. 

Trpcic scored 12 points in the first half, 10 of which came in the first quarter. Tiana-Jo Carter blocked three shots in the first half. As a team, UAlbany grabbed 28 first-half rebounds, including 12 on the offensive end of the court. Their 12 offensive rebounds led to 15 second chance points. 

St. Bonaventure closed within two by the six-minute mark of the third quarter, before Trpcic hit a three to put UAlbany back up by five. Back-to-back fast break layups from Féquière and Bose Aiyalogbe put UAlbany back up eight.

Féquière hit a three to open the fourth to put UAlbany up six. St. Bonaventure pulled within four before Trpcic scored a fast break layup and Féquière hit a three and-one to put UAlbany up 10 with seven minutes remaining. Féquière scored eight straight UAlbany points, growing the Great Dane lead to 12. UAlbany would go on to win the game by a final score of 69-52.

Trpcic and Féquière each scored 20 points, with Trpcic’s 21 representing a new career-high. Trpcic also added a season-best nine assists. Aiyalogbe led the team with nine rebounds. As a team, UAlbany grabbed 52 rebounds, 22 of which were offensive. UAlbany outscored St. Bonaventure 18-16 in points in the paint, 21-17 in points off of turnovers, 22-8 in second chance points, and 15-8 in bench points.

Next: UAlbany has one more home game in 2017, December 30 against Dartmouth. Before then, the Great Danes will play in the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan on December 19 against Southern Illinois and December 21 against Northern Illinois.

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