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Canada Leads Women's Basketball In Quarterfinals

UAlbany Sports Information   03-03-2018

Score: UAlbany 60, Vermont 42.

Location: Cross Insurance Center in Portland, Maine

Records: UAlbany (24-6, 12-4 AE); Vermont (8-22, 5-11 AE)

Short Story: Behind a career performance from Chyanna Canada, UAlbany women’s basketball defeated Vermont 60-42 to advance to the America East semifinals.

Coach Mac: “Those are the expectations we have of Chy all the time.  To see her come out and meet those expectations was really exciting.  We all have confidence in Chy but I think this performance will really bring out the confidence she has in herself.  I think you’ll see a more invigorated Chy, and I think for her the bar will keep rising.”

Key Stats

  • Chyanna Canada matched her career-high 12 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 14
  • UAlbany recorded 13 offensive rebounds in the first half
  • Vermont committed 14 turnovers in the first half
  • Vermont’s Hannah Crymble scored 14 points in the first half but was held to just one in the second
  • Three Great Danes scored in double-figures
  • UAlbany out-rebounded Vermont 44-29
  • UAlbany shot 1-17 from three but 11-13 from the line
  • UAlbany outscored Vermont 38-12 in the paint

How it happened

  • Chyanna Canada put UAlbany on the board with 8:26 left in the first, putting back a missed three from Mackenzie Trpcic
  • After Vermont tied the game at two, UAlbany went on a 7-0 run
  • Vermont cut the lead to one with 3:28 left in the first
  • Canada gave UAlbany a 10-point lead with 8:55 left in the second
  • UAlbany opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run
  • Canada scored her 10th point with 7:45 left in the second
  • Down 15, Vermont closed within eight after a 7-0 run
  • Canada tied her career-high 12 points with a jumper with 2:57 left in the second
  • Vermont cut the game to six with 1:41 left in the second
  • Tiana-Jo Carter put UAlbany back up by 10 with two free throws with 5:00 left in the third
  • Carter converted an and-one with 54.7 left in the third to put UAlbany up 13
  • Canada hit a jumper with 9:15 left in the fourth to set a new career-high 14 points

Recap

Playing Vermont for the fourth straight season in the America East quarterfinals, the University at Albany women’s basketball team defeated the Catamounts 60-42, winning their conference record-extending 18th consecutive tournament game.

Saturday marked the fourth straight year the Great Danes have met the Catamounts in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.  UAlbany had won the previous three meetings by an average of 34.0 points, but had split the regular season series with Vermont 1-1, with each team winning on its own home court.  The Catamounts’ victory in Burlington snapped UAlbany’s 18-game winning streak in the series.

Saturday’s game started scoreless through the first minute and a half of game time, before Chyanna Canada, in a precursor of her night to come, put UAlbany on the board, putting back a layup after gathering an offensive rebound from Mackenzie Trpcic’s missed three-pointer.  Vermont would tie the game on the ensuing possession, but UAlbany immediately launched a 7-0 run to take a 9-2 lead mid-way through the first.

Vermont responded quickly, cutting the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the first.  UAlbany gathered itself and started to extend the lead once more, with Canada putting the Great Danes ahead by double-digits for the first time with 8:55 left in the second quarter, as part of a 10-0 scoring run for the Danes.  Soon after, Canada scored her 10th point of the first half en route to putting UAlbany up by 15.

Vermont went on a 7-0 run in the second quarter to cut UAlbany’s lead to eight, and closed as closely as six late in the half.  UAlbany entered halftime holding the same six-point lead they did at the end of the first quarter.

Canada had tied her career high through the first half with 12 points.  Vermont’s Hanna Crymble led all scorers with 14 of Vermont’s 25 first-half points. 

UAlbany started pulling away for good in the third quarter.  Tiana-Jo Carter put UAlbany back ahead by double-digits mid-way through the third.  Vermont came within eight with a three-pointer with 1:46 remaining in the quarter but fell behind by 11 to start the fourth and ended up falling by 18, 60-42.

Canada finished with a new career-high 14 points.  Crymble was held to just one point in the second half.  UAlbany struggled from three, going 1-17 for the game, but hit 11-13 free throws.  UAlbany recorded 14 assists and committed 13 turnovers while forcing 26 Vermont turnovers leading to 31 Great Dane points.  UAlbany outscored Vermont 38-12 in the paint, and 19-3 in second chance opportunities.

Next: UAlbany will face the winner of #3 Binghamton and #6 Hartford, who played in the fourth and final game of the quarterfinals on Saturday night.

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