Women's Basketball Defeats UMBC 78-75
Score: UAlbany 78, UMBC 75
Location: RAC Arena in Baltimore, Md.
Records: UAlbany (17-3, 6-1 AE); UMBC (2-17, 1-5 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team avenged two regular-season losses to UMBC a year ago with a 78-75 victory in Baltimore.
Coach Mac: “We’ll chalk this one up as a win. We didn’t play very well on either end of the floor but at the end of the game we did enough to win.”
- Bose Aiyalogbe scored five of UAlbany’s first 10 points
- UAlbany shot 1-8 to end the first quarter
- UAlbany outscored UMBC 16-5 off the bench in the first half
- UMBC shot 12-14 from the line in the fourth quarter
- UAlbany outscored UMBC 38-20 in the paint
- Five Great Danes scored in double-figures
- Jessica Féquière hit her 100th career three-pointer
- Mackenzie Trpcic recorded her 100th career rebound
- Aiyalogbe recorded her 150th career defensive rebound
How it happened
- Jessica Féquière gave UAlbany a quick lead hitting a three-pointer 26 seconds into the game
- UMBC ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run and trailed 14-12
- Kyara Frames hits two free throws win 5:25 left in the second to give UAlbany a 10-point lead
- UAlbany led by as many as 13 in the second following an 17-5 run midway through the second quarter
- UMBC cut the lead to one 43 seconds into the second half
- Mackenzie Trpcic put UAlbany up four with a three at the nine-minute mark of the third
- Five consecutive points from Bose Aiyalogbe put UAlbany up nine with 6:41 left in the third
- Tiana-Jo Carter put UAlbany back up 13 late in the third
- UMBC closed within four with 3:01 left in the fourth
- Féquière hit two free throws with 25.9 left to put UAlbany up seven
- UMBC hit a three with 16.3 left to close back within four
- Trpcic hit two free throws with 15.0 left to put UAlbany up six
- UMBC hit a three with 11.4 to close within three
- Féquière intercepted a pass as UMBC drove up the court with a chance to tie to seal the game
The University at Albany women’s basketball team visited UMBC for the second of two straight road games on Sunday after playing at UMass Lowell on Thursday. Leading wire-to-wire, the Great Danes defeated UMBC 78-75 in a game that tightened up in the final seconds. UAlbany snapped a two-game losing streak to the Retrievers, who were the only team the Danes did not beat last season during conference play.
Against the Riverhawks, UAlbany shot 0-12 to start the game and found themselves trailing by nine at halftime. Sunday, against UMBC, the Great Danes got off to a quick start when Jessica Féquière hit a three pointer just 26 seconds into the game to give UAlbany a 3-0 lead.
Baltimore native Kyara Frames entered the game for the first time following the first quarter media timeout with UAlbany leading by six. The Retrievers went on a 6-0 run to end the first and trailed UAlbany by just two.
The Great Danes used a 17-5 run midway through the second quarter to open a 13-point lead. During the run, Frames hit two free throws to give UAlbany its first 10-point lead of the afternoon with 5:25 before halftime. By the time the horn sounded, UMBC had nearly cut the lead in half and trailed 36-29.
In the first half, UAlbany leaned heavily on its bench, which outscored UMBC’s 16-5 through the first 20 minutes. Frames led the Great Danes with seven points.
UMBC quickly brought the game within one after a quick 6-0 run in the first 43 seconds of the third quarter. Mackenzie Tprcic next hit a three to extend UAlbany’s lead back to four. Bose Aiyalogbe hit another three to put UAlbany up seven, and then a layup to put UAlbany up nine with 6:41 remaining in the quarter.
The Great Danes regained a 10-point lead after Chyanna Canada hit one of two free throws with 5:59 left in the third. UAlbany matched its largested lead of the game with 1:28 left in the third after Tiana-Jo Carter hit a layup to put UAlbany up 58-45.
Midway through the fourth, UMBC brought the game back within eight before Carter hit a layup immediately following the media timeout to put UAlbany back up by double-digits. UMBC rallied to come within four with 3:01 remaining in the game. The Retrievers hit a three with 16.3 left to close within four again. With 15.0 left, Trpcic hit two free throws putting UAlbany back up six. On the ensuing inbounds play, UMBC hit a three, cutting the lead to three with 11.4 remaining.
After Féquière missed two free throws with 9.0 left, UMBC grabbed the rebound and pushed up the floor, only for Féquière to intercept a pass, ending the game with UAlbany up 78-75.
Next: UAlbany returns to SEFCU Arena on January 24 to host Vermont on Commitment to Education Day. On January 27, UAlbany hosts Stony Brook to start the second round through the America East.