Fourth Quarter Decides Great Danes' 66-51 Semifinal Loss at Maine
Women’s Basketball Score: Maine 66, UAlbany 51
Location: Memorial Gym – Orono, Maine
Records: UAlbany (13-18), Maine (24-7)
Short Story: Kyara Frames scored 20 points and Heather Forster added 19, but the No. 4 University at Albany women’s basketball team was defeated, 66-51, by No.1 Maine in the America East Championship semifinal game on Sunday afternoon.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen
“I’m beyond proud of this team and how far we have come this season. I told them in the locker room that I was proud of how locked in they were defensively, especially in the first half, and throughout the whole game. They played so tough. Give Maine credit, they have a lot of threats and extremely good guard play. We weren’t able to keep them off the glass and they grabbed a few key offensive rebounds that turned into baskets for them. We knew it was going to be a battle and we had great momentum in the first half but we just couldn’t pull it off.”
- Kyara Frames paced the Great Danes with 20 points.
- Heather Forster chipped in with 19 points.
- Maine won the battle of the boards, 41-35.
- UAlbany recorded 30 points in the paint.
- The Black Bears were 24-of-26 from the free throw line.
Recap: The fourth quarter proved to be the difference in a hard-fought, 66-51 America East Championship semifinal setback for the No. 4 UAlbany women’s basketball team at No. 1 Maine on Sunday afternoon.
The Great Danes trailed by seven points with 4:46 left to play, but Maine would use a 13-5 fourth quarter run to extend their lead to double digits. Maine hit their final eight free throws down the stretch to keep UAlbany at bay, as the top-seeded Black Bears solidified the victory.
Senior Heather Forster finished the contest with 19 points and seven rebounds in her final game as a Great Dane. Kyara Frames posted a team-high 20 points. Maine’s Tanesha Sutton paced all players with 21 points and four assists.
UAlbany jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the first quarter. The Great Danes got points from four different players, as the team shot 50 percent (7-14) from the floor. Maine, the top scoring team in the conference, was held to 25 percent (4-16) shooting in the opening frame.
The visitors would extend their lead to as many as 11 in the second quarter, but five straight points by Sutton would cut the difference to 23-17. Maine’s offense continued to build momentum as Dor Saar hit a triple to give her team its first lead of the game, 30-28, at 3:13.
Forster would tie the game at 32-32 with a layup but Maine retaliate with a basket of their own to take a two-point advantage heading into the break.
Frames scored the first four points of the second half as the lead shifted back in favor of the Great Danes, 36-34. Maine used a 13-4 run to pull ahead, 49-38, with 10 minutes left to go. However, Forster snapped four scoreless minutes for the Great Danes with consecutive layups, and Khepera Stokes followed with a steal and a pair of free throws to bring the team within seven points, 53-46, at 4:46.
The Black Bears would later hit a triple before knocking down four consecutive free throws, as the lead grew to double-digits for good.
Maine now leads the all-time series 23-19.