Strong Second Half Propels Great Danes to 61-56 Win Against Binghamton
Score: UAlbany 61, Binghamton 56
Location: Albany, N.Y. – SEFCU Arena
Records: UAlbany (4-10, 1-0 AE), Binghamton (5-9, 0-1 AE)
Short Story: The University at Albany women’s basketball team erased a 16-point deficit on its way to a thrilling 61-56 victory against Binghamton on Wednesday night to improve to 1-0 in conference action.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen
“Our big three played so tough tonight. To have four players in double figures, with out one of them being our leading scorer, really speaks to the toughness of this team. We had some trouble executing in the first half, but we had a talk at halftime about how we can play better in the second half, and we did, we played much better. I’m just so proud of this team. We keep talking about it one day at a time and one game at a time and this is our new season. We are getting better every day.
- Heather Forster earned a new career-high of 13 points to lead all Great Danes in scoring.
- Patricia Conroy finished the night with a season-high 10 points, shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc.
- Chyanna Canada and Alexi Schecter totaled 11 points apiece.
- Rebecca Carmody posted a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.
- UAlbany has won three of its last four games.
- The Great Dane’s bench accounted for 23 of their points, a season high.
- UAlbany held Binghamton to a season-best six points in the third quarter.
Recap: A strong second half performance by the Great Danes lifted the squad to a come-from-behind 61-56 win against the Bearcats in the team’s 2018-19 conference opener.
UAlbany has now won the last 18 meetings against Binghamton and improves to 35-24 in the all-time series.
Wednesday’s win marked the first double-digit come back for the Great Danes this season. It was also the first time UAlbany had four players score in double-figures – Forster (13), Schecter (10), Canada (11), Conroy (10).
Finding themselves down by seven, 35-28, in the second half, the Great Danes outscored the 33-21 in the final 20 minutes of action.
Binghamton jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in the first three minutes of the contest. UAlbany was forced to call a timeout with 5:15 remaining after a pair of three-pointers put the Bearcats ahead, 13-3.
After trailing 27-12 to start the second half, the home team began to chip away at the Bearcats’ lead. Canada led all players with five points in the second quarter, as the Great Danes outscored their counterparts 16-8 before the break. Forster added to the offense with four points and the once 16-point deficit was cut to seven, 35-28.
Binghamton continued to keep UAlbany at arm’s length to begin the third quarter. The home team scored the first four points in the frame but the Bearcats would continue to hold a seven point edge at the five minute mark.
A lay up by Canada ad a three pointer from Conroy would spark a 9-2 scoring run across the final 4:33. Down by three with two seconds on the clock, Kantzy would hit a pull back triple to tie the game at 41-41.
In the fourth, the home team went on an 8-0 run and earn their biggest lead of the game, 57-54 with 1:05 remaining.
Binghamton would have a chance to tie it at the line, but the visitors were unsuccessful in both free throw attempts.
Later, Hayley Moore brought her team within three, 59-56, after connecting on a pair of free throws but a jump shot by Frames in the final seconds secured the 61-56 win.
Next Up: A trip to Vermont is next on the docket as the Great Danes visit the Catamounts on Saturday, January 5 for a 2 p.m. matinee.