Schecter Leads Great Danes In Season-Opening Win Against Columbia
Score: UAlbany 82, Columbia 78 (OT)
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-0) | Columbia (1-0)
Short story: Behind a career-high 31 points from Alexi Schecter and 17 from Kyara Frames the University at Albany women’s basketball team will start the 2019-20 season with a win, following an 82-78 overtime victory against Columbia on Tuesday night.
- Alexi Schecter totaled 31 points and 11 rebounds for her second career double-double. The senior finished the night 13-15 from the field with two assists, one steal and one block.
- Kyara Frames added 17 points, marking her 21st game scoring in double-figures.
- Freshman Morgan Haney put up 14 points in her collegiate debut. She finished the contest with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
- Amanda Kantzy recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Great Danes are now 6-3 in season openers at SEFCU Arena.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen: “Tonight was a complete team effort. It was a back-and-forth game and we fought hard and continued to fight back throughout the entirety of the game. It was a really exciting game and I am proud of the resiliency of this team. They answered every challenge and we were able to come out with the win.”
Senior Alexi Schecter: “Tonight felt great. My teammates and coaches have the confidence to get me the ball down low which not only gives me an opportunity to score but also gets my teammates open on the perimeter. I’m glad I could do my part to help the team win.”
The UAlbany women’s basketball team started the 2019-20 season with a 82-78 overtime win against Columbia in non-conference action at SEFCU Arena on Tuesday night.
Senior Alexi Schecter led the Great Danes with a career-high 31 points. Schecter’s 30-point performance was the first by a Great Dane since Jessica Féquière put up 35 points against Maine during the 2017-18 season.
Three other Great Danes recorded double-digits in junior Kyara Frames (17), freshman Morgan Haney (14) and redshirt-junior Amanda Kantzy who posted her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UAlbany opened the game on a 12-5 run behind two three pointers from Kantzy. UAlbany’s lead was 21-14 at the end of the first quarter as the defense forced the Lions into four turnovers.
Frames and Schecter combined for all 13 of the team’s points in the second quarter as the Great Danes took a 34-28 lead at the half. UAlbany shot 36.1 percent from the floor in the half.
Columbia began to claw its way back in the third quarter, scoring six straight points to earn its first lead of the game, 47-46, in the final three minutes. Columbia shot 48.0 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from behind the arc, and held a 54-49 advantage after three frames.
UAlbany opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to regain the lead. The Lions stayed within striking distance and got their chance. Leading by two with 17 seconds left in regulation, Haney missed her second free throw in which Columbia came down with the rebound. Janiya Clemmons dished the rock to Hannah Pratt in the lane, who drove left and scored to force overtime.
Schecter broke a 76-all tie with a three-point play midway through overtime and UAlbany took a four-point advantage into the final minute. Again, the Lions fought back, slicing the lead in half on a bucket inside. Columbia had a shot to force double overtime, but a couple of looks in traffic from underneath did not fall.
Up next: The Great Danes return to action on Friday, Nov. 8 against Ivy League foe Cornell. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena.