Great Danes Come Up Short at Vermont, 52-39
Score: UAlbany 39, Vermont 52
Location: Patrick Gymnasium – Burlington, Vt.
Records: UAlbany (4-11, 1-1 AE), Vermont (5-9, 1-1 AE)
Short Story: Senior Heather Forster totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season but the Great Danes ultimately fell, 52-49, at Vermont in American East action.
Heather Forster earned a team-best 12 points, for her second-consecutive double-figure scoring game. The forward paced all players with 12 boards.
Vermont’s Josie Larking totaled a game-high 13 points.
UAlbany held the edge in rebounds, 49-36.
The Great Danes scored 24 points in the paint, while their counterpart accounted for 16 points of their own.
The Catamounts held the Great Danes to just 2-of-19 shooting from behind the arc.
Recap: The University at Albany women’s basketball team suffered its first America East loss of the season, falling on the road to Vermont 52-39 on Saturday afternoon.
The Great Danes held the advantage after three quarters but a late fourth quarter surg by the Catamounts was all Vermont needed to garner its first conference win of the season.
Both teams own a 1-1 clip in the America East. With the loss, UAlbany falls to 4-11 on the year, while Vermont improves to 5-9.
Consenting just 12 points in the first half, UAlbany established a new season low for points allowed in the first half.
The home team scored the first seven points of the game before Forster got her squad on the board with a left-handed layup.
Entering the second quarter down 12-8, the Great Danes quickly tied the contest with a pair of jump shots. Kyara Frames picked the pocket of a Catamount guard before feeding Forster and knotting the game 12-12.
On the next possession, UAlbany took its first lead of the game, 14-12, with 4:47 to play. The squad finishing the quarter on an 8-0 scoring run providing the visitors with a 16-12 edge at the break. Amanda Kantzy, Khepera Stokes and Frames each found their way to the score sheet in the second frame, contributing to the Great Danes lead.
The Catamounts were held scoreless in the second quarter. The Great Danes held Vermont to 0-8 shooting from the field and 0-5 shooting from the behind the arc. It is the first since the NCAA switched the women’s basketball format from halves to quarters (2016-17 season), that UAlbany has shut an opponent out in a single quarter.
UAlbany held a comfortable lead throughout the first half of the third quarter, leading 24-18 at the 4:33 mark. After a missed free throw put the ball back into the hands of the Catamounts, the home team scored on their next three possessions and took a 28-27 lead.
Kantzy gave the lead back to the Great Danes with a lay up in the final 30 seconds.
Vermont would regain the lead once and for all in the fourth quarter. A baseline three by Rose Caverly put her team ahead 33-31 with 7:20 left to play. The Catamounts used a 12-2 scoring run over the next five minutes to put their counterparts out of reach.
Next Up: The Great Danes continue their road trip with a 1 p.m. contest at Maine on Saturday, January 12. The game will broadcast on ESPN3.