Women's Basketball Falls At Maine In Overtime, Clinches Two-Seed; Féquière Hits 1,000 Points
Score: Maine 74, UAlbany 69 (OT)
Location: Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine
Records: UAlbany (23-6, 12-4 AE); Maine (20-9, 13-3 AE)
Short Story: Leading by double-digits at halftime, the UAlbany women’s basketball team fell in overtime at Maine behind a big fourth quarter for the Black Bears.
Coach Mac: “That was a heartbreaker. I thought that Maine really played well in that fourth quarter and hit some big shots. Again, I thought the crowd was spectacular and really was a good sixth man for them.”
Jessica Féquière: “It’s a huge milestone but I wish we came out with the victory instead. I could care less how many points I score, right? But it is a huge accomplishment to be the 14th player to ever score 1,000.”
- Jessica Féquière scored her 1,000th career point, the 14th player in UAlbany women’s basketball history to reach the milestone
- UAlbany shot 6-10 from three in the first quarter
- UAlbany and Maine combined for 18 three point attempts in the first quarter
- Féquière scored 15 points in the first half
- Féquière recorded her third double-double of the season, finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds
- Maine shot 71.4% in the fourth quarter; UAlbany shot 18.2%
- UAlbany clinches the two-seed in the America East Tournament
- UAlbany falls to 3-1 in overtime games this season
- The home team in this series has won each of the last eight games
How it happened
- Jessica Féquière hit a three-pointer to give UAlbany a 3-0 lead with 8:47 left in the first, her 1,000th career point
- UAlbany opened the game shooting 4-5 from three, taking a 12-3 lead
- Maine went on a 10-3 run to cut UAlbany’s lead to 15-13
- UAlbany closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run before Maine hit two free throws in the final three seconds to cut the lead to 22-15
- Maine cut the lead to three with 5:32 left in the second half, and to one with 2:41 left
- Mackenzie Trpcic hit a three from the sideline logo with just under a minute remaining in the half to put UAlbany up six
- UAlbany scored the first five points of the third quarter to take a 13-point lead
- The Great Danes led by 16 with 4:11 left in the third
- By the end of the third, Maine had cut the lead to 12
- Maine cut the lead to single digits with 6:42 remaining in the fourth
- Maine came within four with three minutes remaining
- With 1:34 remaining, Maine took a 65-64 lead with a corner three, its first of the game
- Féquière hit two free throws with 1:22 remaining to put UAlbany up one
- Made made one of two free throws with 39 seconds remaining to tie the game
- Maine’s buzzer-beater from three didn’t fall and regulation ended tied at 66
- Emma List hit one of two free throws with 4:22 left in overtime to put UAlbany up 67-66
- Maine took the lead for good behind two free throws with 4:05 left, and extended the lead to four with 2:33 remaining with a three pointer
Arriving in Maine for the regular-season finale tied with the Black Bears for the conference lead, the University at Albany women’s basketball team saw a double-digit lead evaporate in the fourth quarter and fell to the Black Bears in overtime, 74-69. Maine earns the 2017-18 regular season title and will be the top overall seed in the America East Tournament with the inside track for home court advantage in the title game. UAlbany will be the two-seed for the second consecutve season.
UAlbany shot 4-5 from three to open the first quarter, taking a 12-3 lead. The first of those threes came from Jessica Féquière, making her the 14th player in UAlbany women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points in her career.
Maine followed the three-point barrage with a 10-3 run to cut UAlbany’s lead to three, before UAlbany went on a 7-0 run to close the quarter. Maine staunched the bleeding right before the first quarter ended, hitting two free throws with three seconds remaining to cut the Great Dane lead to seven.
Maine cut the lead back to three with five and a half minutes remaining in the second quarter, and further to one with 2:41 left in the half. Leading 30-29, UAlbany closed the quarter in a 7-0 run over the final two plus minutes to take a 37-29 lead into halftime.
Last season at Maine, UAlbany led the Black Bears 43-32 at the half, but Maine stormed back to win 84-71, outscoring UAlbany by 12 both the third and fourth quarters.
UAlbany scored the first five points coming out of the halftime break to take a 13-point lead over the Black Bears. The Great Danes extended their lead to as many as 16 late in the third quarter, and took a 12-point lead into the fourth.
Early in the fourth, UAlbany extended its lead to 14 before Maine brought the game within single digits with 6:42 remaining. For the next two minutes, the teams traded baskets with UAlbany leading between eight and ten points. With just under five minutes to go, Maine sparked a furious comeback, bringing the game within six points with 3:51 remaining, four points with 3:07 remaining, two points with 2:14 remaining, and then taking the lead with 1:32 to go. UAlbany took the lead once more before Maine tied the game at 66 with 39 seconds left. The Black Bears had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer but their three-point attempt missed the mark.
In overtime, UAlbany briefly took a one-point lead after Emma List hit one of two free throws early, but Maine came back right away with a pair of free throws to permanently take the lead. Maine would go on to win by five, 74-69.
UAlbany lost a game when leading at the half for the first time this season, having held its previous 17 halftime leads. Féquière ended the game with her third double-double of the season, while Mackenzie Trpcic added 14 points and seven assists.
Maine outscored UAlbany 34-18 in the paint, 27-21 off of turnovers, and 6-0 in fast break points. Three Black Bears scored in double-figures, including Tanesha Sutton who scored 27 points on 11-13 shooting.
Next: The America East Tournament starts Saturday, March 3 in Portland, Maine. With the two-seed, UAlbany will play seven-seed Vermont in a rematch of last season’s quarterfinal meeting. UAlbany went 1-1 against Vermont this season.