Women's Basketball Edges Holy Cross 65-56 In Carter's 100th Appearance
Score: UAlbany 65, Holy Cross 56
Location: Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.
Records: UAlbany (5-2); Holy Cross (3-4)
Short Story: In senior Tiana-Jo Carter’s 100th career appearance as a Great Dane, the UAlbany women’s basketball team defeated Holy Cross in the first of three straight road games, 65-56.
Coach Mac: "A road win is a good win. I was really happy that we were able to make up how poorly we shot the ball with our rebounding. But I think our offensive consistency was poor today, and that's something we're going to work hard on the next couple of days to fix. I thought we crashed the boards hard, but we did miss a lot of shots in this game. One of the keys for us winning was outsizing their bigs to get in posistion for rebounds and that was something we really wanted to do heading into the game. At the end when it got tight I thought our initial response was too lackadaisical, but once we focused we were fine and were able to close out the game."
- Tiana-Jo Carter made her 100th career appearance as a Great Dane Emma List scored five of UAlbany’s 11 first-quarter points
- Jessica Féquière eclipsed 1,500 career minutes in the first quarter
- Heather Forster scored her 250th career point in the second quarter and matched her career best with 11 rebounds
- UAlbany shot 1-14 from three in the first half
- UAlbany grabbed 45 rebounds and forced 25 turnovers
How it happened
- Holy Cross scored the first basket of the game with 8:45 remaining in the first half
- Emma List gave UAlbany its first lead with 3:23 left in the first quarter with her first career three-pointer List and Kyara Frames earned back-to-back and-ones with 2:28 and 2:25 left in the first half, respectively to extend UAlbany’s lead to nine
- UAlbany ended the third quarter on a X-X run
- Patricia Conroy hit a three with 5:15 left in the fourth to end the Great Danes’ drought behind the arc
- Holy Cross forced consecutive UAlbany turnovers with one minute remaining in the fourth, cutting the lead to six
- Holy Cross drew a blocking foul with 33.4 left, and hit one of two free throws to bring the score within five
- Frames hit one of two free throws with 23.0 seconds left to extend the lead back to six
- Féquière hit two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining to ice the game
The University at Albany women’s basketball team played the first of three consecutive road games Sunday morning, kicking off the road trip at Holy Cross. In Tiana-Jo Carter’s 100th career appearance in a UAlbany uniform, the Great Danes
In a tight first quarter, freshman Emma List scored five of UAlbany’s 11 points, eclipsing her previous single-game high of four points. List also hit UAlbany’s only three-pointer of the first half, with the team going 0-13 from behind the arc following her first career three.
After building a two-point advantage through the first 10 minutes, the Danes started to pull away midway through the second, leading by as many as 11 as the first half came to a close. When the halftime horn sounded, UAlbany held a 27-19 lead.
UAlbany had buzzer beaters disallowed upon review at both the end of the first and second quarters. Heather Forster hit a layup at the end of the first quarter and CeCe Mayo hit a three-quarter court shot right before halftime, with both shots just late. The Danes scored seven points off of 14 first-half Crusader turnovers, and outscored Holy Cross 14-0 in bench points through the first 20 minutes.
Both offenses came alive in the third quarter, with the teams combining for 26 points in the first 6:02. Each team had scored 13 points during that stretch, but UAlbany outscored Holy Cross 9-5 for the remainder of the quarter. By the end of the third, both Féquière and Carter had scored in double figures and UAlbany led by 12.
After List’s first three-pointer of the game, the Great Danes missed their next 20 from behind the arc until Patricia Conroy ended the drought with a three midway through the fourth to put UAlbany up 54-43.
With 1:17 left in the fourth, Holy Cross’ press defense forced a turnover, setting up a three to cut the Dane lead to six. The Crusaders forced another turnover in their defensive half, taking over possession with less than a minute remaining. After drawing a blocking foul, Holy Cross hit one of two free throws and trailed by five with 33.4 seconds remaining.
With 31.4 seconds left, Holy Cross started fouling. Kyara Frames went to the line with 23.0 seconds remaining, and hit one of two to put UAlbany back up by six. UAlbany forced a five-second violation on the ensuing in-bounds play. After List knocked down two free throws, Holy Cross scored a layup with 14.5 seconds left. List was sent back to the line and hit one of two shots to put UAlbany up seven. An out of bounds on the ensuing rebound gave UAlbany back the ball. Féquière received the in-bounds play, got fouled, and hit both free throws to finally ice the game for the Great Danes, 65-56.
By the end of the game, four Great Danes scored in double figures, including List, who scored a career-best 12. Forster recorded a double-double and matched her career-high with 11 rebounds. As a team, UAlbany recorded 45 rebounds and forced 25 turnovers.
Next: The Great Danes will continue their three-game road trip when they visit Manhattan on December 6.