Women's Basketball Notches 21st Win In 66-53 Victory Over Hartford
Score: UAlbany 66, Hartford 53
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (21-5, 10-3 AE); Hartford (14-11, 6-6 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany pulls away from Hartford in the second half, defeating the Hawks 66-53 to match last season’s win total of 21.
Coach Mac: “This was a great win to bounce back from our last game. Our crowd was really spectacular. I think the way we handled their press from the first half to the second half was a big change and that’s why you saw us score 20 points in a half to finding our offensive peak and moving the ball a little bit better in the second half. I think the players played hard and played with that refuse-to-lose mentality which is what we need to do every night.”
- Hartford started the game shooting 0-10
- In the first quarter, Tiana-Jo Carter moved into second place in program history in career blocks with her 147th
- The teams combined for 12 turnovers in the first quarter
- Five of the seven Hawks to see playing time had two or more fouls by halftime
- UAlbany shot 7-9 from the floor in the third quarter
- Hartford shot 1-9 to end the third quarter
- Carter finished with five blocks and recorded her fourth double-double of the season
How it happened
- Jessica Féquière scored first, putting the game’s first two points on the board with 7:43 left in the first
- Hartford finally scored with 4:19 left in the first after making one of two free throws
- Back-to-back threes for Hartford brought the game to 8-7 with just over two minutes left in the first
- Hartford took a 9-8 lead with 1:37 left in the first on a fast break layup
- Hartford closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run
- CeCe Mayo tied the game at 20 with two free throws with 1:57 left in the second
- Hartford hit an elbow jumper at the buzzer to take a 22-20 halftime lead
- Féquière hit back-to-back threes early in the third to give UAlbany a 26-22 lead
- UAlbany built a six-point lead before Hartford went on a 7-0 run to take a 31-30 lead with 6:00 left in the third
- Mackenzie Trpcic scored five straight points to put UAlbany up 39-35 with 2:24 left in the third
- Leading by two, UAlbany scored four points in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter to take a six-point lead
- Féquière hit a three to put UAlbany up nine with 7:28 left in the fourth
- Féquière gave UAlbany a double-digit lead with a jumper with 6:37 left
- Trpcic drew a foul on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to put UAlbany up 64-49 with 3:08 left
After losing for the first time since January 3 last time out against Vermont, the University at Albany women’s basketball team returned to SEFCU Arena Sunday for a rematch with Hartford, the team that gave them that January 3 loss. After a tight first half, the Great Danes pulled away convincingly in the second, defeating the Hawks 66-53.
The last time UAlbany played Hartford, the Hawks won by 15 points and started the game on a 7-0 run that lasted less than two minutes of game time. Sunday’s game began dramatically differently. After more than two minutes of game time had elapsed, UAlbany got on the board first behind a layup from Jessica Féquière. The Danes took a four-point lead before Hartford finally scored more than three minutes of game time later.
The Great Danes built up a seven-point lead with three minutes left in the first before Hartford went on a 10-0 run, helping the Hawks take an 11-3 lead entering the second quarter. The teams traded points for most of the second quarter before CeCe Mayo hit two free throws to tie the game at 20 to cap off a four-point mini-run for the Great Danes. Hartford, however, hit a jumper as time expired to take a two-point, 22-20 lead into halftime. UAlbany did not hit a field goal in the last 4:55 of the second quarter.
Tiana-Jo Carter recorded three blocks in the first quarter, bringing her career total to 148. She passed Erica Witham’s 146 to take sole possession of second place in program history, trailing only Gia Sanders’ 151.
At halftime, Hartford found itself in some foul trouble, with five of the seven players to see game action recording two or more fouls. UAlbany had outscored Hartford 12-4 in the paint and 7-3 off the bench in the first half. Both teams shot 28% through the first 20 minutes, and were essentially even in rebounds, turnovers, blocks, and steals.
UAlbany began pulling away in the second half. The Danes quickly took the lead behind back-to-back threes from Féquière. Their lead stretched to six points before Hartford went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead by one. The Great Danes took the lead for good during a personal 5-0 run for Mackenzie Trpcic, putting UAlbany up 39-35 with two and a half minutes left in the third. Hartford closed the gap to two but UAlbany pulled away again with four points in the final 30 seconds of the quarter to enter the fourth leading by six. For the quarter, UAlbany shot nearly 78% from the floor while holding Hartford to under 22%.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Féquière gave UAlbany its first double-digit lead of the night, hitting a jumper to put UAlbany up 11. With 2:20 left in the fourth, the Danes led by 17, their largest advantage of the afternoon. They would go on to win by 13, 66-53.
Féquière led all scorers with 20 points. Carter finished with five blocks, bringing her career total to 150, just one behind Sanders’ record. She also recorded her fourth double-double of the season, with 14 points and 11 assists. Trpcic finished with 12 assists, her third game in the last four in which she has hit double digits.
Next: UAlbany will host its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, February 17 against UMBC for Senior Day.