Holy Cross Slips Past UAlbany, 56-50
Score: Holy Cross 56, UAlbany 50
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-4), Holy Cross (2-2)
Short Story: Despite outscoring the visitors in the second half, the UAlbany women’s basketball team was handed a 56-50 loss against Holy Cross of the Patriot League on Sunday afternoon.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen:
“I think we started off a little slow in the first half. It was a game of runs where we were down 12 then cut it back to two before they were able to open it up again. We knew at half time we had to make some adjustments. In the second half we really upped our defensive intensity. We out rebounded and outscored Holy Cross in the second half. Now we just need to put together a complete 40-minute game.”
- For the first time this season the Great Danes had three players score in double-figures – Chyanna Canada (13), Kyara Frames (12) and Heather Forster (10). The 12 points from Frames marked a personal-best for the sophomore.
- The Crusader’s Lauren Manis notched a game-best 16 points as the squad shot 42.3% from the field on the night.
- UAlbany shot just 30.8% (4-13) from the free throw line.
- The Great Danes own a 1-1 mark in the SEFCU Arena this season.
Recap: Despite outscoring the visitors in the second half, the UAlbany women’s basketball team was handed a 56-50 loss against Holy Cross of the Patriot League on Sunday afternoon.
The Great Danes, who trailed by as many as 14 in the outing, closed the gap back to just three inside of the last two minutes, but were unable to come any closer.
“We were happy about the way we pounded the ball inside with our post players," said Mullen. "Our bigs got a couple of their players in foul trouble which allowed us to get our inside-out attack going.”
The senior duo of Heather Forster and Chyanna Canada combined for 23 points and 22 rebounds. Forster, a forward, brought down a career-high 14 boards one her way to a double-double in which she tacked on 10 points. Canada paced all Great Danes with 13 points and added eight boards to the stat sheet. As a team, UAlbany outscored Holy Cross, 28-26, in the paint.
Holy Cross was off to a fast start as it earned an early 9-4 edge at the first media time out. Manis had the hot hand for the Crusaders, accounting for all nine of her team’s points. The Great Danes were outscored across the final five minutes, trailing 17-7 at the end of the quarter.
Canada floated one in to kick off the second quarter, and although the team traded baskets, UAlbany used a jumper by Alexi Schecter and back-to-back threes from Frames to bring the Great Danes within two, 24-22, with 3:43 remaining.
The Crusaders answered with a 10-0, creating a double-digit margin, 34-22, at the half.
The Great Danes would cut the difference to six or less points eight different time across the following 20 minutes, outscoring its opponents 28-22 in the second half.
Canada took advantage of a Holy Cross turnover before the Great Danes would outscore the Crusaders, 8-3, to bring themselves within three with 1:41 to play. The Crusaders scored their final five points from the line, finishing the game with 71% shooting from the charity stripe, to secure the 56-50 decision.
Next Up: Holy Cross now owns a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. UAlbany is back home again on Wednesday, November 28 when they host Canisius for a 7 p.m. tilt.