Great Danes Edged by Lafayette, 54-47
Score: Lafayette 54, UAlbany 47
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-5) | Lafayette (3-3)
- Kyara Frames and Alexi Schecter scored a team-best 12 points apiece, while Schecter brought down a team-high six boards.
- Khepera Stokes joined Schecter with six rebounds and added seven points.
- Amanda Kantzy totaled 10 points and five rebounds.
- Lucia Decortes scored her first points of the season. She finished the game with two points.
- UAlbany scored 26 points in the paint to Lafayette’s 18.
- The Great Danes turned the ball over 23 times. The Leopards turned the ball over just nine times.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen: “We had a tough time executing down the stretch today. Credit Lafayette, they took us out of some things and made us feel uncomfortable with their defensive pressure. Defensively, for the most part, I thought we played a good game until down the stretch. We gave up some offensive rebounds that led to some scores for them. Those are some things we will work on going forward. It’s growth as we prepare for America East play.”
A second-straight home game for the University at Albany women’s basketball team saw the Great Danes welcome Lafayette to SEFCU Arena, the team’s second-straight Patriot League opponent. After leading by four at halftime, Lafayette inched back and used a big fourth quarter to knock off UAlbany 54-47.
Alexi Schecter kicked off proceedings, hitting a jumper on the Danes’ first possession to take an early lead. Following a Leopard's turnover, Schecter scored once again, putting UAlbany up 4-0. Lafayette hit a three on the ensuing possession to cut the lead to one with 8:20 left in the first.
Three minutes later, following another 4-0 run, UAlbany led 8-3. Neither team scored for the next three minutes, when Lafayette hit a layup to bring the game within three with 2:17 in the first. The first quarter would see one more point, when Lafayette hit one of two free throws with 50 seconds remaining, and the quarter ended with UAlbany leading 8-6.
Lafayette quickly tied the game at eight at the start of the second quarter, before Kyara Frames responded immediately with a three-pointer on the Danes’ ensuing possession. Following one of two free throws from Amanda Kantzy and a put-back layup from Schecter, UAlbany built a six-point lead with 8:06 before halftime.
The Danes’ scoring run extended to 8-0, resulting in a 16-8 lead, before Lafayette scored again. With 4:56 to go before the break, UAlbany’s lead reached 10, doubling up Lafayette 20-10. The Leopards responded with a 6-0 run lasting 40 seconds, cutting UAlbany’s lead to four.
With 1:32 remaining, UAlbany’s lead grew back to eight, 24-16. Lafayette scored the final four points of the quarter to head into the locker room trailing 24-20.
Once again, Schecter scored first in the second half, putting UAlbany up 26-20 right away. Morgan Haney hit one of two free throws to put the Danes up seven with 8:42 left in the third before four-straight points from the Leopards.
A layup and-one from Kantzy put UAlbany ahead 30-24 with 7:35 to go in the quarter, giving way to another quick four points from the Leopards. With 4:27 left in the third, UAlbany led by eight, 36-28, following two free throws from Khepera Stokes. UAlbany still led by seven as last as 1:02 left in the third, before Lafayette ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, hitting back-to-back threes to cut the lead to one, 41-40, heading into the final quarter.
A layup from Kantzy on UAlbany’s first possession of the fourth gave the Danes some breathing room with a three-point lead. Lafayette took the lead, 44-43, with a three-pointer with 7:06 to go. A three-minute scoring drought for both teams was broken by the Leopards’ layup with 4:05 remaining, extending their lead to three. Another layup one minute later put Lafayette up by five. UAlbany would close within four several times during the remainder of the game, but would come no closer and ultimately fall by a final score of 54-47.
Three Great Danes, Frames, Schecter, and Kantzy, scored in double-figures. Lafayette dominated the offensive glass, coming away with 14 offensive rebounds to UAlbany’s five. Lafayette also forced 23 UAlbany turnovers, leading to 21 points. The Danes have now dropped their last five-straight games.
Up next: The Great Danes trek to Buffalo, N.Y. this Wednesday for a midweek match-up at Canisius. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.