Women's Basketball Hosts Maine For 2017 Championship Rematch
ALBANY, N.Y. – Winners of their last two straight, the University at Albany women’s basketball team returns to SEFCU Arena Saturday to start a two-game home stand. First, the Great Danes will host Maine in the first of two regular-season rematches with their opponent from the last two America East championship games.
After stumbling on the road at Hartford to open America East play, the Great Danes (13-3, 2-1 AE) have won their last two straight, at home against preseason favorite New Hampshire and on the road against Stony Brook in overtime. The Seawolves gave UAlbany a close game, with neither team holding a lead greater than six points through its duration. UAlbany trailed at halftime for just the fifth time this season, but opened the second half on a 6-0 run to quickly tie the game. From there, neither team was able to wrest control for the other.
UAlbany’s defense prevented a buzzer-beating effort from Stony Brook at the end of regulation, and took control quickly after the overtime period began. Though Stony Brook kept within striking distance, senior Jessica Féquière, who spent the majority of the first half in foul trouble, hit three of four free throws late to clinch the Danes’ four-point victory. Féquière scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Tiana-Jo Carter led the way for the Great Danes, scoring a career-high 22 points on 9-16 shooting from the floor. She also recorded one block, bringing her career total to 138, 13 behind all-time program leader Gia Sanders’ 151.
Maine most recently played at UMBC, defeating the Retrievers 64-50. The Black Bears won their conference opener at home against Stony Brook but fell in their next game against Binghamton in overtime.
In the last three seasons, UAlbany and Maine have split the regular season series with each team winning on their home floor. UAlbany’s consecutive victories over the Black Bear’s in the last two championship games also came at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany was the last road team in the rivalry to win on the others’ home floor, on February 16, 2014.
UAlbany currently sits in third place in the America East, ahead of New Hampshire and Maine, each of whom share the Danes’ 2-1 conference record. Hartford remains in first place and undefeated at 3-0. Vermont is also unbeaten in second place at 2-0.
After Maine, the Great Danes have a quick turnaround before hosting Binghamton on Monday, January 15.
For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.
THE OUTLOOK: MAINE (9-7, 2-1 AE) │ Saturday, January 13, 2:00 p.m. │ Albany, N.Y.
Last we met: W, 66-50, March 10, 2017, Albany, N.Y.
Tale of the Tape:
- Maine is 3-5 on the road this season
- UAlbany is 5-1 at home
- Maine defeated Dartmouth 64-51;
- Maine defeated Stony Brook 64-56;
- Maine is 0-3 against ranked opponents this season
- UAlbany leads the America East in scoring offense (70.0 ppg); Maine ranks third in scoring defense (58.3 ppg)
- Maine leads the America East in assists; UAlbany ranks second
- Mackenzie Trpcic leads the America East in assists (5.8 apg)
- UAlbany is on a two-game winning streak against Maine
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
- Home Court Advantage: UAlbany has won 35 of its last 37 games at SEFCU Arena
- Crash the Glass: UAlbany is 9-2 when matching or exceeding an opponent’s rebounding
- 70: UAlbany is 11-0 when holding an opponent under 70 points
Series History: Maine leads 19-18
2016-17 Record: 18-16, (9-7 AE); fourth place America East, AE finalist
Top Offensive Player: Blanca Millan So., G, (17.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg)