Women's Basketball Falls At #15 Maryland
Score: #15 Maryland 91, UAlbany 58
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, Md.
Records: UAlbany (0-1); Maryland (1-0)
Short Story: A career night for reshirt-senior captain Jessica Féquière from behind the arc is not enough as UAlbany falls at #15 Maryland 91-58 to open the 2017-18 season.
Coach Mac: “We play this really tough early opponent because we hope to face an opponent like this at the end of the year. What we learned is we have to be a little bit grittier and tougher. We’re known for rebounding, but I think there is a lot we can learn from the way Maryland rebounds the ball. All-in-all I thought Maryland played really hard. We played hard in the first and fourth quarters, but lapsed a little bit in the second and third.”
- Jessica Féquière hit a career high five three pointers
- Féquière led all scorers with 21 points
- Tiana-Jo Carter recorded three blocks in the first half
- Nine of 12 Great Danes in the game scored at least three points
- Maryland out-rebounded UAlbany 60-42
- Maryland grabbed 29 offensive rebounds
- Maryland scored 31 points off turnovers
How it happened
- Maryland scored the first basket of the game but UAlbany scored the next five points
- Jessica Féquière hit two three pointers in the first two minutes, putting UAlbany up 8-6
- Freshmen Emma List and Kyara Frames made their career debuts with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter
- Freshman Cece Mayo made her career debut with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter
- Maryland tied the game at 12 after trailing by as many as four with 3:20 left in the first quarter
- Maryland took the lead with 2:29 left in the first, their first lead since 9:46
- Maryland held a 30-4 advantage in the second quarter
- Freshman Patricia Conroy made her career debut with 4:49 left in the second quarter
- UAlbany opened the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run
The University at Albany women’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season at #15 Maryland Friday night. The Great Danes fell to the Terrapins 91-58.
The game was a homecoming for head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee, who spend four seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland under Brenda Frese, winning one national title. Coach Mac was recognized at midcourt with Coach Frese in a short ceremony before tipoff.
UAlbany played Maryland tough through the first quarter, earning a 14-14 tie after the first 10 minutes. Maryland scored the first basket of the game, but UAlbany rolled off the next five points and held the lead until Maryland tied the game at 12 with 3:20 remaining in the first. In a sign of things to come, redshirt-senior Jessica Féquière hit two quick three pointers in the first two minutes of the game to help build the Danes’ early lead.
Maryland stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring UAlbany 30-4 to take a 44-18 lead at halftime. The Terrapins capitalized on offensive rebound and turnover opportunities, scoring 13 second chance points and 19 points off of turnovers in the first half. For UAlbany, Féquière hit three shots from behind the arc, one make shy of her career best. Senior Tiana-Jo Carter recorded three blocked shots in the first half.
Maryland kept up the offensive intensity through the third quarter, outscoring UAlbany 30-19. In the fourth quarter, UAlbany rediscovered its first-quarter rhythm, winning the final 10 minutes 21-17, but ultimately falling 91-58.
Maryland held full-game advantages in points in the paint (32-26), points off of turnovers (31-15), second chance points (25-12), fast break points (14-9), and bench points (33-22). Nine UAlbany players scored three or more points. Féquière hit a career best five three-pointers, and her 21 points led all scorers in the game.
Next: The Great Danes will play a second consecutive road game to open the season on Thursday, November 16 at Monmouth. The 2017 home opener is Sunday, November 19 against Fordham.