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UAlbany Notches 10th Win, Defeats Northern Illinois In Overtime

UAlbany Sports Information   12-21-2017

Score: UAlbany 97, Northern Illinois 91 (OT)

Location: Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montañez in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Records: UAlbany (10-2); Northern Illinois (8-3)

Short Story: UAlbany sweeps both games in Puerto Rico and earns its 10th win of the season, defeating Northern Illinois in overtime 97-91.

Coach Mac: "It's been a really exciting trip and it's great to send everybody back for the holiday break with two wins and a lot of confidence.  I think it sets us up well for one more game after the break and then for conference play after the New Year.  In the first quarter today I was frustrated with the way we defended.  As the game went on I think that first quarter allowed Northern Illinois to get hot from the perimeter.  But then we did all the little things once again, from offensive rebounding and the gritty work on the inside, to give ourselves a lot of opportunities.  To have two kids in Jess and T-Jo record a double-double in the game is really exciting.  We may not be shooting the ball well right now but we're finding other ways to win, which is exciting."

Key Stats

  • Both teams combined for 42 shots in the first quarter
  • After starting the game shooting 2-10, the Huskies shot 6-8 to close the first quarter
  • Jessica Féquière, Tiana-Jo Carter, and Patricia Conroy each scored in double figures in the first half
  • UAlbany shot 8-8 from the line in the first half
  • Northern Illinois’ Mikayla Voigt scored 17 in the first half
  • Five Great Danes scored in double figures
  • Conroy scored a career-high 16 points
  • Chyanna Canada scored a career-high 12 points
  • Carter tied her career high with 18 points
  • UAlbany grabbed 61 rebounds in the game
  • UAlbany shot 17-19 from the free throw line
  • UAlbany attempted 94 shots; Nothern Illinois attempted 73

How it happened

  • UAlbany opened the game on a 7-0 run over the first 1:37
  • Northern Illinois cut the lead to one after an 8-2 run
  • Northern Illinios took its first lead, 16-13, with 2:08 left in the first
  • Jessica Féquière hits two free throws to cut the lead to two midway through the second
  • Féquière hit back to back threes to give UAlbany a one-point lead with 4:07 left in the second
  • Tiana-Jo Carter’s two free throws with 2:47 left in the second gives her 10 points for the half
  • A personal 5-0 run for Patricia Conroy put UAlbany up 45-40 with 1:31 left in the second
  • Northern Illinois opened the second half on a 10-2 run, taking the lead 50-49
  • Trpcic hit a three to tie the game at 52 with 4:36 left in the third
  • Bose Aiyalogbe hit a three with 4:17 in the third to put UAlbany up 55-52
  • Chyanna Canda’s layup with 2:09 left in the third put UAlbany up 10
  • Northern Illinois cut the lead to four with 3:38 left in the fourth, and two with 2:00 left
  • Féquière hit two free throws to put UAlbany up four with 10 seconds left
  • Emma List hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to put UAlbany up three
  • Northern Illinois hit a three at the buzzer to force overtime
  • UAlbany started overtime on a 4-0 run
  • Féquière hit two free throws with 13.8 left in overtime to put UAlbany up four
  • Féquière ices the game with a layup with 1.7 remaining

Recap

The University at Albany women's basketball team won its 10th game of the season Thursday, defeating Northern Illinois in overtime 97-91.  It was the Great Danes' sixth consecutive victory, and the completion of a sweep of their opponents in Puerto Rico.

The game against Northern Illinois proved to be the highest-tempo of the Great Danes' season to this point.  A whirlwind first quarter produced a combined 42 shots between the teams.  Jessica Féquière kicked off a 7-0 game-opening run for UAlbany with a three-pointer, but Northern Illinois stormed right back with an 8-2 run of their own.  UAlbany led for most of the first quarter, until 2:08 left when the Huskies took their first lead of the eveing.  The quarter ended with Northern Illinois up 22-18.

UAlbany started to pull away slightly from Northern Illinois in the second quarter, thanks to shooting 10-18 from the floor while holding the Huskies to 5-14 shooting.  Féquière retook the lead for UAlbany after drawing the game close with two free throws and then putting the Danes over the top with back-to-back threes with just over four minutes remainin in the first half.  Northern Illinois kept the game close momentarily, until Patricia Conory went on a personal 5-0 run to put UAlbany up 45-40 with 90 seconds reamaining.  UAlbany entered halftime holding a 47-40 lead.

Féquière, Conroy, and Tiana-Jo Carter each scored in double figures in the first half.  Féquière also grabbed nine rebounds to lead all players.

Norhtern Illinois took command of the third quarter, opening on a 10-2 run.  The Huskies did not relinquish the lead until Mackenzie Tprcic hit a three to tie the game at 52 with 4:36 left in the quarter.  Bose Aiyalogbe, on the very next possession, hit a three to put UAlbany up 55-52.  With just over two minutes remaining in the third, UAlbany led by 10.

The Huskies slowly chipped away at UAlbany's lead in the fourth quarter, cutting the game to four with 3:38 left, and to two with 2:00 left.  With 10 seconds remaining, Féquière hit two free throws to put UAlbany up by four.  Northern Illinios didn't give up, even after Emma List hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to give UAlbany a three-point advantage.  The Huskies had other ideas, hitting a three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime tied at 85.

UAlbany pulled away for good in overtime, opening the extra period on a 4-0 run.  Northern Illinois kept the game close until the end when Féquière's two free throws put UAlbany up by four with 13.8 remaining.  Féquière put the game away for good with a final layup with 1.7 left, giving UAlbany a 97-91 lead.

Féquière and Carter each recorded double-doubles in points and rebounds.  Conroy and Chyanna Canada each recorded career-highs with 16 and 12 points, respectively, and Carter tied her career-high 18 points.  Trpcic also scored in double figures, bringing the Danes' total for the game to five.  Féquière set a career-high with 15 rebounds.  Carter's two blocks for the game give her 135 for her career, just 16 behind all-time program leader Gia Sanders.

As a team, UAlbany outscored Northern Illinois 43-8 in bench points, 38-22 in points in the paint, and 18-9 in second chance points.  The Great Danes grabbed 61 rebounds and hit 17 of 19 free throws, while committing just 12 turnovers.

Next: The Great Danes will play once more in 2017, on Saturday, December 30 against Dartmouth at SEFCU Arena.

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