Bill Ziskin

Women's Basketball Hosts UMass Lowell

UAlbany Sports Information   02-04-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany saw their eight-game winning streak snapped Saturday at New Hampshire, but there will be no time to dwell on the loss as the Great Danes face a quick turnaround before hosting UMass Lowell on Monday at SEFCU Arena.

Against New Hampshire, UAlbany (19-4, 8-2 AE) suffered its first loss since January 3 at Hartford.  In between the two losses, UAlbany won eight straight, including over the Wildcats at SEFCU Arena.  New Hampshire, which was selected as the preseason conference favorite after a 15-1 conference record last year, defeated UAlbany by six points in Durham after leading by as many as nine.  It is the second consecutive season in which the teams have split their regular-season meetings, with the home team winning each of the last four games on their home floor.  A rubber match was denied last season after Maine defeated New Hampshire in the America East semifinals.

During the game, Mackenzie Trpcic recorded a career-high 13 assists and six rebounds, while CeCe Mayo recorded a career-high eight points, Chyanna Canada tied her career-high 12 points, and Emma List made her first career start.  Tiana-Jo Carter recorded her 143rd career block, placing her just one behind Melissa Schoonover’s 144 for third place in program history.  Trpcic, who recently overtook Zakiya Saunders’ sophomore class single-season assists record, fell just one assist shy of tying Saunders’ mark of 14 assists in a single game.

UMass Lowell last hosted Maine, falling to the Black Bears 69-51.  The Riverhawks have lost their last 13 straight.  In the meeting earlier this season, played on January 18, UAlbany trailed UMass Lowell by nine at halftime before mounting a comeback to defeat the Riverhawks 61-52.

Despite the loss, UAlbany remains in first place in the America East.  Maine has a matching 8-2 conference record, but trails UAlbany by four games overall while UAlbany holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Black Bears with one more regular-season meeting left to play.  Behind UAlbany and Maine, Binghamton, New Hampshire, and Hartford make up a three-way tie with conference records of 6-4 and overall records of 15-8.  UMass Lowell is in ninth place, one game in the loss column behind UMBC in conference play.

Following the game against the Riverhawks, the Great Danes will hit the road to play Vermont on Thursday, February 8 before hosting the final two home games of the regular season on Sunday, February 11 against Hartford and Saturday, February 17 against UMBC.

THE OUTLOOK: UMASS LOWELL (3-19, 0-9 AE) │ Monday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. │ Albany, N.Y.

Last we met: W, 61-52, January 18, 2018, Lowell, Mass.
Tale of the Tape

  • UMass Lowell is 1-11 on the road this season
  • UAlbany is 9-1 at home
  • Against common opponents, UAlbany is 8-2 and UMass Lowell is 0-9
  • UAlbany leads the America East in scoring offense (69.1 ppg) and assists (15.3 apg)
  • Mackenzie Trpcic leads in assists (6.3 apg)
  • UMass Lowell’s Kayla Gibbs leads in FG% (.596)
  • UAlbany has won the last nine games against UMass Lowell

KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):

  • Home Court Advantage: UAlbany has won 39 of its last 41 games at SEFCU Arena
  • Course Correction: UAlbany is 3-0 this season following a loss
  • Frontrunning: UAlbany is 15-0 when holding a halftime lead, but 4-4 when trailing at the half

Series History: UAlbany leads 11-8
2016-17 Record: 3-26, (0-16 AE); ninth place America East
Top Offensive Player: Kayla Gibbs, Sr., F, (12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 0.9 apg)



To remove your e-mail address from our mailing list, please click on Customer Care and select Remove From Mailing List from the Area of Interest list and specify your e-mail address. Note: This does not apply to opt-in e-mail. To modify your opt-in e-mail deliveries, log in to the site and modify your preferences. Customer Care