Women's Basketball Rally Falls Short At Vermont
Score: Vermont 62, UAlbany 57
Location: Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt.
Records: UAlbany (20-5, 9-3 AE); Vermont (8-16, 5-6 AE)
Short Story: Trailing big at the half, the UAlbany women’s basketball team’s comeback at Vermont fell just short, falling 62-57 in Burlington.
Coach Mac: “It was a tough loss. We waited too long to start playing hard, and moving forward we have to do a better job on the boards and make free throws.”
- UAlbany and Vermont combined for 15 turnovers in the first quarter
- CeCe Mayo tied her career-high eight points with a layup with 1:13 left in the first half
- UAlbany forced 30 Vermont turnovers
- UAlbany recorded 16 steals
- Mayo finished with a career-high 14 points
- Tiana-Jo Carter recorded her 145th career block, taking over sole possession of third place in program history
How it happened
- UAlbany forced Vermont turnovers on the Catamounts’ first two possessions of the game
- Mackenzie Trpcic scored first for UAlbany, hitting a three with 8:31 remaining in the first
- Vermont followed Trpcic’s three-pointer with a 12-0 run
- CeCe Mayo snapped Vermont’s run with a layup, cutting the lead to 12-5 with 3:17 left
- Vermont opened the second quarter on a 13-2 run
- Bose Aiyalogbe snapped the Catamount’s 10-0 run with a fast break layup after forcing a turnover with 4:24 left in the second
- Mayo set a new career-high with her ninth point with 9:27 left in the third
- UAlbany opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run
- With seven minutes left, UAlbany had cut the lead to six with a three from Jessica Féquière
- Vermont extended the lead to nine with 3:11 to go
- Aiyalogbe hit a three with 2:04 left to cut the 57-53
- Féquière drew a foul and hit both free throws to cut the deficit to two
- Two free throws with 48.1 left put Vermont up six
- Emma List hit a layup with 39.6 left to bring UAlbany within four
- Vermont went on to win by five, 62-57
Facing their third-largest halftime deficit of the season and trailing by 15 entering the fourth quarter at Vermont, the University at Albany women’s basketball team mounted a furious rally that fell just short, with the Great Danes ultimately falling 62-57.
UAlbany scored first after 90 second of game time when Mackenzie Trpcic hit a three-pointer to put the Danes up 3-0. Vermont responded by going on a 12-0 run before CeCe Mayo interrupted the Catamounts’ streak with a layup to bring the Great Danes within seven.
Vermont opened the second quarter on a 13-2 run, and scored 10 straight points before Bose Aiyalogbe made a fast break layup, bringing the score to 27-13 in favor of Vermont. From there, Vermont pulled away to hold a lead as big as 18 points before entering halftime ahead 33-17.
The third quarter was the most evenly contested of the evening, with UAlbany cutting into Vermont’s lead by a single point. Mayo scored her ninth point in the third, setting a new career high. Mayo finished with 14 points. Vermont led by as many as 19 with just under two minutes to go in the quarter before sort 6-0 run by UAlbany brought the Great Danes within 13 before Vermont closed the quarter leading 49-34.
UAlbany’s offense came alive in the fourth quarter. The Danes rode their press defense to the tune of a 6-0 run to start the fourth, and quickly cut the Vermont lead to four with 6:25 remaining. Vermont extended the lead to nine with 3:20 left before UAlbany closed within two with 1:47 to go. A layup and two free throws from Vermont on successive possessions put the Catamounts up six with 49 seconds left, before UAlbany ultimately closed within four in a last-ditch effort to complete the comeback. Vermont held on to win 62-57.
Jessica Féquière led UAlbany with 18 points, and Tiana-Jo Carter led with six rebounds. Carter recorded her 145th career block to move into sole possession of third place in program history, just six behind Gia Sanders’ program record of 151.
As a team UAlbany recorded 16 steals and forced Vermont into 30 turnovers, leading to 32 UAlbany points.
After opening the conference schedule 8-1, the Great Danes have lost two of their last three. The loss snaps an 18-game winning streak against the Catamounts.
Next: UAlbany returns to SEFCU Arena for its final two regular-season home games on the season on Sunday, February 11 against Hartford and Saturday, February 17 against UMBC.