Bill Ziskin

Great Danes Win Overtime Thriller Against UMass Lowell, 63-56

UAlbany Sports Information   01-16-2019

Score: UAlbany 63, UMass Lowell 56

Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (5-12, 2-2 AE), UMass Lowell (6-12, 2-3 AE)

Short Story: The University at Albany women’s basketball team took down UMass Lowell in an overtime thriller to remain undefeated at home in America East action.

Highlights:

  • Alexi Schecter, Kyara Frames and Chyanna Canada each turned in a team-high 11 points.
  • Heather Forster was two points shy of recording a double-double (10 points, 8 rebounds)
  • Brianna Rudolph recorded a game-high 13 points for UMass Lowell
  • UAlbany improves to 13-8 in the all-time series. The Great Danes have won all 11 match ups against UMass Lowell since the River Hawks joined the America East conference in 2013.
  • The Great Danes won the battle of the boards, 40-30, and outscored their counterparts 30-16 in the paint.
  • The game saw nine lead changes, seven of which occurred in the final 15 minutes.

Recap: In their first game at SEFCU Arena since early January, the Great Danes earned their second America East win in exciting fashion, tripping up UMass Lowell in an overtime thriller.

Trailing for most of the game, UAlbany fought back to tie the contest in the fourth quarter, erasing multiple double-figure deficits and force overtime. The home squad carried their second half momentum into the extra period where they outscored their counterparts 11-4 on their way to a 63-56 victory.

Despite shooting 1-for-6 from the free throw line in the first three quarters, the Great Danes turned it around when it mattered most, connecting on six of their final eight free throws.

Heather Forster gave the Great Danes their first lead of the night, 8-6, with a put back lay up for her first points of the game. The lead was quickly erased after a 10-0 scoring run put the River Hawks ahead 16-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Alexi Schecter began the second quarter with a jump shot that brought her team back with in six. UMass Lowell regained the double-digit lead following a pair of defensive stops and a triple from Brianna Rudolph.

The visitors carried their lead into the break, holding a 29-19 advantage at the half.

The Great Danes began the third quarter with a Frame triple to cut the difference to single digits once again. The River Hawks would counter with a jumper shot before Amanda Kantzy and Schecter connected on a pair of jumpers of their own to spark a 6-0 scoring run.

A basket by Schecter cut the difference to three but a pair of late baskets by the River Hawks provided them with a 43-36 advantage heading into the fourth.

A deep three-pointer by Frames at 6:35 gave the game its first tied score since the first quarter. Kantzy followed suit, hitting a three to give her squad a 47-44 advantage on the next possession. Canada built on the lead with a pair of free throws, but the score would lock once again at 50-50.

UMass Lowell had a chance to win the game as a foul sent Katie McKie to the line with 0.2 clicks on the clock. McKie missed both free throws, sending the game to overtime.

UAlbany won the tip-off in the extra frame, leading to a Stokes layup. The squad went on to hold their opponents to just four points in the final frame. The Great Danes scored their last six points from the charity stripe on their way to a 63-56 victory.

Next Up: The Great Danes are back in action this Saturday , taking on UMBC in America East play. Tip-off is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

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