Women's Basketball Rallies Over UMass Lowell 61-52
Score: UAlbany 61, UMass Lowell 52
Location: Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.
Records: UAlbany (16-3, 5-1 AE); UMass Lowell (3-15, 0-5 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team overcame a slow start at UMass Lowell, coming from behind to defeat the Riverhawks 61-52.
Coach Mac: “I thought that UMass Lowell came out and played really hard. In the first half we really didn’t match their intensity, especially on the rebounding front. But we came back and had a really good third quarter and I’m glad to come out of here with a win.”
- Tiana-Jo Carter made her 50th career start
- UAlbany shot 0-12 to start the game
- UAlbany forced nine turnovers in the first quarter
- UMass Lowell’s Kayla Gibbs had a double-double in the first half
- UAlbany was outrebounded in the first half 28-11
- UAlbany started the second half shooting 1-8
- UAlbany out-rebounded UMass Lowell 24-17 in the second half
- Mackenzie Trpcic scored her 300th career point and recorded her 50th career steal
How it happened
- UMass Lowell opened the game on a 6-0 run over the first 5:56
- Jessica Féquière hit a three-pointer with 4:04 left in the first to put UAlbany on the board
- Tiana-Jo Carter scored six straight UAlbany points, cutting the deficit to 15-9
- Féquière hit a layup and-one with 22.1 left in the first to cut the deficit to 15-12
- After Chyanna Canada brought the game within one, UMass Lowell went on an 8-0 run to lead 27-18
- Féquière cut the lead to one with a layup with 2:04 left in the third
- Emma List tied the game at 36 after hitting one of two free throws with 32.9 left in the third
- Kyara Frames hit a three with five seconds left in the third to put UAlbany up 39-36, its first lead of the night
- UMass Lowell came within two early in the fourth, but no closer for the remainder of the game
Riding a four-game winning streak after dropping the conference opener, the University at Albany women’s basketball team fell behind early at UMass Lowell but came back in the second half to defeat the Riverhawks 61-52.
The Great Danes (16-3, 5-1 AE) started the game ice cold, missing their first 12 shots over the game’s opening 5:56. It wasn’t until 4:04 left in the first quarter that UAlbany got on the board with a three-pointer from Jessica Féquière. UMass Lowell had scored just six points to that point, and their lead had been cut in half.
Later in the quarter, Tiana-Jo Carter scored six consecutive points for UAlbany, but UAlbany still trailed 15-9. With 22.1 left in the opening quarter, Féquière hit a layup and-one to cut the Danes’ deficit to three. Carter and Féquière scored six points in the first quarter each, accounting for all of UAlbany’s scoring.
Lowell native Alexi Schecter entered the game for the first time at the start of the second quarter. Midway through, UAlbany came within one after Chyanna Canada hit a layup to cut the lead to 19-18. UMass Lowell immediately went on a 6-0 run, and closed out the half leading 32-23. The Riverhawks Kayla Gibbs had a double-double in points (10) and rebounds (12) in the first half in just 13 minutes of play.
In the first half, UAlbany forced 13 turnovers, nine of which came in the first quarter. Mackenzie Trpcic had five assists in the first 20 minutes and Carter led UAlbany with eight points. However, UAlbany shot just 8-30 and was outrebounded 28-11 in the first half and trailed by nine
UAlbany’s defense locked down in the third quarter, holding the Riverhawks to just four points. After the Great Danes chpped away at the lead, Féquière brought UAlbany within one with 2:04 left in the third. Emma List tied the game at 36 with just over 30 seconds remaining, and then Kyara Frames gave UAlbany its first lead of the night with a three with five seconds before the buzzer.
Midway through the fourth quarter, UAlbany opened up a nine-point lead. With four minutes remaining, UMass Lowell hit a three to cut the lead to four. With 2:58 left the Riverhawks had come within three. Féquière hit jumper to extend the lead to five. Heather Forster drew a foul on a layup with 1:47 left to put UAlbany up seven. After forcing a turnover on the Riverhawks’ ensuing possession, List hit a layup and drew a foul, putting UAlbany up 60-48 after the free throw. The Great Danes went on to win 61-52.
Féquière led all scorers with 20 points, and led UAlbany with 10 rebounds. Trpcic recorded nine assists. As a team, UAlbany scored 25 points off of 28 UMass Lowell turnovers, and outscored the Riverhawks 19-2 in fast break points. UMass Lowell out-rebounded UAlbany 45-35 for the game.
Next: UAlbany continues its road trip at UMBC on January 21. The Great Danes will return to SEFCU Arena on January 24 to host Vermont for Commitment to Education Day.