Great Danes Edged by Maine, 67-61
Score: UAlbany 61, UMass Lowell 67
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (11-14, 8-4 AE), Maine (19-7, 12-1 AE)
Short Story: The University at Albany women's basketball team held its annual "Pink Game" on Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes partnered with the Kay Yow Fund and the America Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.
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- Heather Forster fell one rebound short of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
- UAlbany suffers its first loss at home since December 8.
- The Great Danes shot 53.8 percent (7-13) from behind the arc.
Recap: The University at Albany women’s basketball team erased a 17-point deficit, rallying to make it a four-point game with 2:15 remaining in the series final against top-ranked Maine. The Black Bears would use a late rally to halt the Great Danes offense and earn the six-point victory, 67-61.
Kyara Frames notched her fourth 20-point performance of the season, finishing with 23 points. Heather Forster chipped in with 13 points and pulled in a team-best nine boards. Alexi Schecter set a new career-high in assists with seven.
UAlbany controlled the glass, holding a 40-35 advantage on the boards, including a 12-9 edge on the offensive end.
The Great Danes shot well early, trailing the league’s top offense by one point, 13-12, with 3:25 to play. Maine finished the opening frame on a 7-0 run, creating a 20-12 buffer at the end of the first quarter.
Maine took its first 10-point lead at 6:24 in the second. A jumper by Schecter brought her team within seven, but Blanca Millan would score the final eight points for the Black Bears, sending Maine into the break with a 32-21 edge.
After Maine took its largest lead of the game, a 17-point lead midway through the third, UAlbany responded with a 13-5 run. Back-to-back triples from Patricia Conroy and Amanda Kantzy initiated the comeback before a jumper by Frames cut the difference to nine, 48-39.
The Black Bears rebuilt their lead to double digits in the fourth but the Great Danes once again had an answer. A 5-0 run brought the Great Danes with in five, as Forster converted the and-1 after being fouled on a made lay up.
Maine turned offense into defense when they converted a pair of steals into five points. Frames would connect from downtown to make it a six-point game with 11 seconds on the clock, but the Black Bears would hold on to win 67-61.
Up Next: The Great Danes wrap up a two-game home stint with a Wednesday night contest against Stony Brook. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena.
Highlights | 23 from Kyara Frames wasn't enough to push @UAlbanyWBB past the top team in women's #AEHoops Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes fell to Maine, 67-61. They're back in SEFCU Arena next Wed, Feb. 20, at 7pm vs. Stony Brook pic.twitter.com/jGF9YOQNHH— UAlbany Sports (@UAlbanySports) February 16, 2019