Great Danes' Comeback Against The Terriers Falls Short, 60-58
Score: Boston University: 60 | UAlbany: 58
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-4) | Boston University (3-1)
Short story: In a game that featured three lead changes in the final quarter, redshirt-senior Amanda Kantzy totaled a team-high 14 points, as the UAlbany women’s basketball team dropped a 60-58 heartbreaker against Boston University on Wednesday evening.
- Morgan Haney finished the game with 10 points. She has scored in double-figures in three of UAlbany’s first five games.
- Two other Great Danes scored in double-figures on the night, including Amanda Kantzy who led the team with 14 points. Kyara Frames finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
- Frames matched a personal best in assists with eight as UAlbany assisted on 15 of its 23 field goals.
- Alexi Schecter brought down a team-best eight rebounds and totaled eight points on the night.
- UAlbany won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Boston University, 30-27.
- The Great Danes shot 46% from the three-point line and held the Terriers to just 21% shooting from behind the arc.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen: “We came out strong in the third after a slow second quarter. That momentum carried into the fourth and we were able to build a nice lead thanks to a few big shots by Amanda. Credit to a strong BU team though, they switched up its defense late in the fourth and was able to make a few key defensive stops. I am happy with how the team reasoned tonight. I challenged them at halftime to pick up the energy and they did. They showed great fight in the second half but we couldn’t close the deal.”
A Frames triple would knot the game 11-11 and Patricia Conroy would connect to made it 13-all but the Terriers would pour in a late jumper to pull ahead, 15-13, after one.
The Great Danes kept it to a one possession game midway through the second quarter thanks to back-to-back baskets from Morgan Haney. Alexi Schecter would score her first points of the game to cut the deficit to one, 25-24, but a few offensive miscues by UAlbany allowed Boston University to carry a 37-28 advantage at the half.
The Great Danes stormed back to open the third, using a 13-4 streak to tie the game at 41-all. Haney and Khepera Stokes led the charge with a combined seven points on 5-5 shooting.
Boston University got back on the scoreboard following a defensive steal and fast break layup for a 45-41 cushion. Haney brought the Great Danes back within one after a pair of free throws, though the Terriers would get the final shot off, giving the squad a 47-44 lead heading into the fourth.
Once again, the Great Danes caught fire to open a quarter as Kantzy drained a pair of three-pointers to spark a 10-0 run and a 54-47 lead. The lead was the first for UAlbany since leading 3-2 back at 8:56 in the first quarter
The Terrier’s Nia Irving scored from the post twice to tie it up twice in the final three minutes before knocking down a free throw to give Boston University a two-point lead with 18 seconds left.
The Great Danes went 0-7 from the floor in the final 6:06 of play.
Up next: The Great Danes jump back into action this Saturday, November 23 when they take on Lafayette at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and will broadcast on ESPN3.