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Women's Basketball Falls To Penn 76-61 In The WNIT

UAlbany Sports Information   03-16-2018

Score: Penn 76, UAlbany 61

Location: The Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa.

Records: UAlbany (24-8, 12-4 AE); Penn (22-8, 11-3 Ivy)

Short Story: Making its first appearance in the WNIT, the UAlbany women’s basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit in the first quarter to take the lead in the second before falling by 15, 76-61.

Coach Mac: "The players showed real strong resilliancy tonight.  The younger players and the returners all kind of came together for that nice comeback.  Something this team has that I am so proud of is their togetherness.  They love each other, and I love that they have that love for each other.  That's what I'll miss next year.  I hate that the seniors had to go out on such a bad note but then from what you saw tonight I'm excited about what this program has to look forward to."

Key Stats

  • Penn opened the game on a 15-1 run
  • UAlbany shot 58.3% in the first quarter
  • UAlbany went on a 23-6 run to take the lead in the second quarter
  • UAlbany shot 54.5% in the third quarter
  • Three Quakers scored in double-figures by the end of the third
  • Penn took 31 free throws to UAlbany’s 14
  • Four Quakers and two Great Danes scored in double-figures
  • Féquière ended the game with 15 points

How it happened

  • Penn got on the board first, hitting a corner three with 9:07 left in the first
  • Jessica Féquière put UAlbany on the board hitting one of two free throws
  • Penn hit three consecutive three pointers to open the game with a 9-1 lead
  • Alexi Schecter snapped a 15-1 run for Penn with a transition layup
  • Féquière cut the Penn lead to seven at the first quarter buzzer with a desperation three
  • Starting mid-way through the first, UAlbany went on a 23-6 run to erase the Penn lead
  • With 5:51 left in the second, Tiana-Jo Carter hit a layup to give UAlbany a one-point lead
  • Penn took back the lead, extending their advantage to seven by the end of the half
  • After trading points for most of the third quarter, Penn took a nine-point advantage into the fourth
  • Patricia Conroy hit a three at the start of the fourth to cut Penn’s lead to six
  • Féquière cut the lead to five after hitting two free throws
  • Penn went on a 5-0 run to take a 10-point lead with 4:29 remaining, taking control to win by 15

Recap

For the first time in program history, the University at Albany women’s basketball team made an appearance in the postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament.  After spending the last six seasons in the NCAA Tournament, the Great Danes drew Ivy League runner-up University of Pennsylvania in the WNIT First Round.  Facing an early double-digit deficit, UAlbany clawed back to take the lead in the second quarter before ultimately falling 76-61 to bring the 2017-18 season to a close.

The Quakers opened the game on a 15-1 run, taking advantage of some miscues from the Great Danes.  Penn hit threes on three consecutive possessions to start their run.  Mid-way through the first quarter, UAlbany found some of its rhythm and began a long run of their own.  Trailing by as many as 16, the Great Danes cut the Quaker lead to seven by the end of the first quarter when Jessica Féquière hit a corner three at the quarter buzzer.  UAlbany trailed by seven despite shooting 58.3% from the floor in the quarter.

The run UAlbany started halfway through the first quarter ended at 23-6 with UAlbany taking a 28-27 lead with 5:51 left in the second.  Penn quickly took back the lead, building their advantage back to seven at halftime.  Féquière led UAlbany with 11 points at the break.  Through the first half, UAlbany shot 48.0% from the floor, including 50.0% from three.

The Great Danes and Quakers went point-for-point to start the third quarter, with Penn leading by nine at the media timeout.  The rest of the third played out evenly with the Quakers leading by nine to start the fourth quarter.

Patricia Conroy started things off in the fourth with an early three that cut the Quaker lead to six.  Féquière cut the Penn lead to five with 6:36 left in the fourth.  The Quakers responded with a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 10 with 4:29 to go.  Penn led by 13 with 2:30 left in the game, having held UAlbany scoreless for the previous 4:51 of game time.  UAlbany missed seven straight shots during that stretch.

The Quakers went on to win by a final score of 76-61.  UAlbany ends the season with a 24-8 overall record, improving by three wins from the previous season.  The team saw a program record in blocked shots from Tiana-Jo Carter, who finishes her career with 154, and a sophomore class record in assists from Mackenzie Trpcic, whose 207 were just 20 shy of the all-time single-season record.  In the final regular-season game, Féquière became the 14th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

Next: UAlbany’s season ends after qualifying for its seventh-consecutive postseason.  Penn moves on to play St. John’s in the WNIT Second Round.

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