Purdue Squeaks by UAlbany, 53-41
Score: UAlbany 41, Purdue 53
Location: Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, Ind.
Records: UAlbany (2-10), Purdue (8-4)
Short Story: The University of Albany women’s basketball team took BIG TEN foe Purdue late into the fourth quarter but ultimately fell, 53-41, to the Boilermakers on Wednesday morning at the Mackey Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
- UAlbany held Purdue to a season-low 53 points.
- Junior Alexi Schecter grabbed a game-high six rebounds and three assists. The forward chipped in with 10 points, on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor.
- Sophomore Kyara Frames led the team in scoring for the fifth time this season with 15 points, marking her sixth consecutive double-figure game.
Recap: The Great Danes slipped away late in their toughest non-conference contest of the year, as Purdue squeaked out a 53-41 victory against UAlbany on Wednesday morning.
Trailing by as little as one point, 40-39, with 5:57 left to play in the game, the Great Danes saw their potential upset thwarted by a late Purdue scoring run.
The Boilermakers went on to outscore their opponents 13-1 across the final five minutes to improve to 8-4 this season. The Great Danes fall to 2-10, with one game remaining before the start of the new year.
Frames led UAlbany’s efforts with 15 points, while Schecter added 10 points, six rebounds and three helpers.
After trailing for most of the second quarter and seeing the deficit grow as high as 10 in the third, 27-17, the Great Danes rallied a 16-6 run to cut the difference to 36-33, heading into the final frame.
The team’s traded points early to make it 40-39 and UAlbany had the ball with a chance to pull ahead. Seconds later, Karissa McLaughlin would pick the pocket of Amanda Kantzy before Dominque Oden would lay the ball in, sparking a late Purdue run. Schecter would score the final basket for the Great Danes with 1:41 remaining on the clock but the home team’s lead grew to as many as 10 points, 51-41, at that point.
Ae’Rianna Harris turned in a game-high 23-point performance. The Boilermakers were able to outscore the Great Danes 24-16 in the paint, while scoring 19 of their points off turnovers.
Next Up: The Great Danes visit Columbia on December 29, for their final game in 2018. Tip-off is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and will broadcast on SNY.