Bill Ziskin

Women's Basketball Falls To St. John's, 71-66

UAlbany Sports Information   11-30-2017

Score: St. John’s 71, UAlbany 66

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y. 

Records: UAlbany (4-2); St. John’s (4-2)

Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team’s winning streak ends at four after falling in a tight match against St. John’s, 71-66.

Coach Mac: “I thought both teams played hard. I thought we did a good job executing defensively on some of the things we wanted to do. But we also had breakdowns, and it’s a disappointing game, for sure. I saw good fight in our players, which was exciting to see. I liked the way we were able to move the ball, which is a big difference from the game last year. Defensively, there are things we’re going to work on from this game to get better but I liked to see the way we distributed the ball and shared the scoring.”

Key Stats

  • UAlbany scored nine points off of six turnovers in the first quarter
  • In the second quarter, Tiana-Jo Carter moved into a tie for fifth place in program history (Julie Forster) with 126 blocked shots
  • UAlbany held St. John’s scoreless on 0-5 shooting over a 5:02 stretch in the third quarter
  • Jessica Féquière hit 20 points for the fourth time this season
  • In the fourth quarter, Carter moved into a tie for fourth place in program history (Danielle Hutcheson) with 127 blocked shots
  • UAlbany scored 29 points off of 22 St. John’s turnovers
  • Mackenzie Trpcic recorded eight assists for the third straight game

How it happened

  • After forcing turnovers on St. John’s’ first two possessions, Tiana-Jo Carter scored the game’s first basket
  • A third straight St. John’s turnover to start the game let to a three-pointer from Jessica Féquière
  • UAlbany opened the game on a 7-0 run
  • St. John’s tied the game at 12 with two quick three-pointers on consecutive possessions
  • Mackenzie Trpcic hit a three to regain the lead after St. John’s tied the game at 22
  • St. John’s took their first lead with 5:26 left in the second
  • After St. John’s hit a three to start the third, UAlbany tied the game at 38 on a 7-0 run
  • Chyanna Canada gave UAlbany back the lead with 4:56 left in the third
  • St. John’s regained the lead with 3:48 left in the third
  • Féquière hit her sixth free throw of the night to give UAlbany a one-point lead with 47 seconds remaining in the third
  • With just over three minutes remaining, St. John’s had built a six-point lead
  • Carter twice brought the game within four points in the final minute on free throws

Recap

The University at Albany women’s basketball team returned to SEFCU Arena Thursday night to host St. John’s for a quick, one-game home stand before beginning their three-game road trip. The Great Danes saw their four-game winning streak snapped by the Red Storm, falling 71-66. It was the team’s second loss in their last 34 games at SEFCU Arena. 

UAlbany got off to a quick start, opening the game on a 7-0 run, forcing turnovers on St. John’s first three possessions. Despite the early run, St. John’s clawed its way back, soon tying the game at 12 after three-pointers on consecutive possessions.

UAlbany managed to build another small lead over the Red Storm, before St. John’s tied the game once again at 22. The Great Danes responded immediately when Mackenzie Trpcic hit a three to put UAlbany back on top. It wasn’t until 5:26 remaining in the first half that St. John’s held its first lead in the game. By halftime, St. John’s had opened up a four-point lead.

St. John’s hit its first shot of the third quarter, a three-pointer, to extend the lead to seven. UAlbany responded right away with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 38. During their run, UAlbany held St. John’s to 0-5 shooting over a five-minute stretch. Chyanna Canada gave UAlbany ta 40-38 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the third.

The Red Storm fought back, retaking the lead a minute later. The back-and-forth affair continued when Jessica Féquière gave UAlbany a one-point lead with 47 seconds left in the third quarter.

By the fourth quarter, St. John’s started securing their advantage. The Red Storm took the lead for good with 4:37 left in the game, extending their lead as high as eight. UAlbany would get no closer than four points behind, ultimately falling by five, 71-66.

UAlbany outscored St. John’s 29-13 in points off of turnovers and 8-0 in second chance points. The Great Dane defense forced St. John’s into 22 turnovers. Féquière scored 20 points or more for the fourth time in six games this season. Trpcic had eight assists for the third consecutive game. Tiana-Jo Carter recorded two blocks, moving up two spots in the program’s all-time record book into a tie for fourth with Danielle Hutcheson with 127. 

Next: The Great Danes begin a three-game road trip Sunday at Holy Cross, followed by games at Manhattan on December 6 and Siena on December 9.

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