Late Spurt Not Enough As Great Danes Fall at Maine 76-65
Score: UAlbany 65, Maine 76
Location: Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, Maine
Records: UAlbany (4-12, 1-2 AE), Maine (11-6, 4-0 AE)
Short Story: The University at Albany women’s basketball team had its fourth quarter comeback thwarted at Maine on Saturday afternoon in America East action.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen
“Credit to Maine as they shot lights out today. They are a very talented team that can hit you in many ways offensively. We scored 65 points today but on the other end we let up 76 points."
“We shot the ball the best we have all year in the first quarter, but then again, so did they. We were down by 25 at one point in the second the half, but we found the energy and played tough in the fourth quarter and were able to fight back and make it a six-point game. Our lull in the third quarter and not being able to put those 40 minutes together was the difference in the game.”
Heather Forster matched a personal best in points with 13, for her third consecutive double-figure scoring game.
Khepera Stokes recorded a season-high 12 points.
Forster and Kantzy brought in a game-high six boards.
Maine had two 20+ pointer scorers in Blanca Millian (27) and Parise Rossignol (20).
UAlbany won the battle of the boards, 29-28.
Recap: After nearly erasing a 24-point third quarter deficit, the Great Danes saw their fourth quarter comeback fall short against Maine on Saturday afternoon. Maine, the 2018 America East reigning champions, used the home crowd to its advantage as the Black Bears held off UAlbany, 76-65, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Me.
UAlbany got its offense started earning, connecting on their first five shots of the contest. Maine countered with five buckets of their own but were able to grab a 13-10 lead after connecting on three buckets from behind the arc.
The home team used its 12 second chance points to extend their lead to as many as 10, and carry a 25-15 advantage into the second quarter.
The Great Danes shot a season-best 75.0 percent (6-8) in the opening frame but were overshadowed by their counterparts who retaliated with five three-pointers.
In the second quarter, a three-point play by Kyara Frames cut the difference to nine, 28-37, with 3:57 to play but a triple by Maine’s Parise Rossignol grew the Black Bear’s lead to double-digits.
Maine used a late 8-2 scoring run to extend their first half lead. The Black Bears picked up their final five points off turnovers to led 43-32 after 20 minutes of action.
Forster entered the break with a team-high 11 points and two rebounds. The senior was perfect from the floor, 5-for-5, and accounted for 10 of the team’s 18 points in the paint.
The Black Bears put together a 13-2 run to open the third quarter prior to outscoring the Great Danes 15-7 overall in the third quarter. Maine led by as many as 24 points but UAlbany ended the quarter strong with a 5-0 run, eventually cutting the difference to 16 point with 10 minutes to play.
Khepera Stokes scored all seven of the Great Danes points in the third frame. Stokes picked up all 12 of her points in the second half and set a new season best in field goals made with five.
A pair of triples from UAlbany helped it to an 11-2 run, ending on back-to-back treys from Kyara Frames and Amanda Kantzy. The run chipped the Maine lead back down to single-digits at 66-57 before Kantzy's second trey in a minute span brought UAlbany back within six.
Maine answered with a 4-0 run to extend the lead back to 10 with 1:21 remaining. The difference would sink back to seven but a pair of jumpers in the final minute gave the Black Bears the final boost they needed to hold the Great Danes off for the 76-65 victory.
Next Up: The Great Danes welcome UMass Lowell to the SEFCU Arena for an America East match up on Wednesday, January 16. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.