Women's Basketball Defeats New Hampshire 66-53
Score: UAlbany 66, New Hampshire 53
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (12-3, 1-1 AE); New Hampshire (10-5, 1-1 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team notched their first America East victory of the season, defeating preseason conference favorite New Hampshire at SEFCU Arena 66-53.
Coach Mac: “I thought that was a great team win. I think what sparked us throughout the game was our defense. The way we went after them defensively was a big step for us, especially coming off a game where we weren’t like that defensively. All year I believe that is going to be out M.O., that we’re going to play really solid defense and let our offense build from there. I am proud of our team effort and I liked our intensity from the start to the end.”
- Bose Aiyalogbe scored eight of UAlbany’s 16 points in the first quarter
- Both teams scored 18 points in the paint in the first half
- Midway through the third quarter, three Great Danes had scored in double-figures
- UAlbany scored 24 points off of 19 New Hampshire turnovers
- UAlbany outscored New Hampshire 12-2 in fast break points, and 13-2 in bench points
- Aiyalogbe tied her career-high with 18 points
How it happened
- After trading baskets for the first five minutes, UAlbany took its first lead on a fast break layup from Bose Aiyalogbe with 4:44 left in the first quarter
- New Hampshire retook the lead with 7:02 left in the second
- Mackenzie Trpcic drew a foul and-one to put UAlbany up two with 1:51 left in the second
- Trpcic put UAlbany up three with a jumper with 45 seconds remaining in the half
- UAlbany opened the second half on an 8-0 run
- Following their run, UAlbany went without a field goal for the next 3:20, scoring just two points, but still led by seven
- New Hampshire brought the game within three by the end of the third quarter
- Aiyalogbe hit a three at the start of the fourth to put UAlbany up six
- Chyanna Canada put UAlbany up 10 with just over five minutes remaining
- Trpcic found a hole in the Wildcat press, setting Aiyalogbe up for an open layup to put UAlbany up 11 with 2:30 left
- Trpcic drew a charge on the ensuing New Hampshire possession
- Jessica Féquière hit two free throws to put UAlbany up 12 with 1:10 left
Coming off a conference-opening loss at Hartford, the University at Albany women’s basketball team returned to SEFCU Arena to host the preseason conference favorite New Hampshire Wildcats. The Great Danes earned their first America East win of the season, defeating the Wildcats 66-53.
SEFCU Arena is the site of the Wildcats’ lone conference loss last season, with the Great Danes claiming victory over New Hampshire following a loss in Durham earlier in the season. The Wildcats were the 2016-17 regular season champions in the America East behind their 15-1 record in-conference, but fell to Maine in the America East tournament semifinals, falling short of a rubber match with the Great Danes in the finals
UAlbany and New Hampshire traded baskets for most of the first half, with neither team holding a lead greater than four points. The Great Danes took their first lead midway through the first quarter, and led by three heading into the second. Bose Aiyalogbe was responsible for putting UAlbany ahead, scoring a fast break layup with 4:44 remaining in the first.
New Hampshire was able to wrest the lead back from UAlbany after three minutes had elapsed in the second quarter. Before halftime, UAlbany took back control of the game behind Mackenzie Trpcic, who put UAlbany up two after drawing and converting an and-one with just under two minutes remaining, and then up three with a jumper with 45 seconds on the clock. New Hampshire inched closer before halftime, trailing by one heading into the locker room.
UAlbany came out firing in the second half, opening with an 8-0 run over the first five minutes of the third quarter to take a 40-31 lead. Over the next three minutes of game time, New Hampshire held UAlbany without a field goal, but was unable to fully capitalize on the Danes’ drought, remaining in a seven-point hole. New Hampshire did eventually tighten the game, trailing by just three entering the fourth quarter.
Aiyalogbe extended the Danes’ lead to six with a three pointer early in the fourth, at which point UAlbany was starting to close off any chance of a comeback for the Wildcats. With five minutes remaining in the game, Chyanna Canada hit a layup to put UAlbany up by 10. Trpcic and Aiyalogbe combined to staunch any chance at a last-ditch run for New Hampshire when Trpcic found a seam in the Wildcat press defense, setting Aiyalogbe up for a layup to put UAlbany up 11 with just 2:30 to play. On the very next possession, Trpcic drew a charge against New Hampshire, essentially icing the game for the Danes. After Jessica Féquière hit two free throws with 1:10 left to put UAlbany up 12, the Danes ran out the clock to the tune of a 66-53 victory.
New Hampshire outscored UAlbany narrowly in the paint, 34-30. UAlbany, however, dominated New Hampshire 24-9 in points off of turnovers, 12-2 in fast break points, and 13-2 in bench points. Aiyalogbe tied her career-high 18 points, shooting 6-9 from the floor with seven rebounds. Trpcic also scored 18 points while dishing eight assists. Defensively, UAlbany held New Hampshire to 35.3% shooting, including 0-7 from three.
Next: The Great Danes hit the road for one game at Stony Brook on January 10 before hosting two in a row at home, starting with Maine on January 13 and then Binghamton on January 15.