Féquière's 35 Leads UAlbany Over Maine 68-54
Score: UAlbany 68, Maine 54
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (14-3, 3-1 AE); Maine (9-8, 2-2 AE)
Short Story: Playing against Maine for the first time since the 2017 America East title game, the UAlbany women’s basketball team overcame a halftime deficit to pull away from the Black Bears behind Jessica Féquière’s career day.
Coach Mac: “I thought Jessica’s play was outstanding in this game, and I thought the way we turned it on in the second half with our defensive lockdown really helped. Now we don’t have a lot of time to prepare for the next game so we have to get ready and not think about this game any longer and move onto the next.”
- Jessica Féquière made her 50th career start
- Mackenzie Trpcic hit her 100th career field goal in the first quarter
- Féquière scored 16 points in the first half
- Maine shot just under 60% in the first half
- UAlbany shot 44.4% from three in the first half
- UAlbany trailed at halftime for just the sixth time this season
- Féquière became UAlbany’s first 30-point scorer since Imani Tate on February 23, 2017 against Vermont
- Féquière finished with 35 points
- Maine shot 30.8% in the second half
- UAlbany shot 53.8% from three
How it happened
- Trpcic and Féquière hit back-to-back threes midway through the first to put UAlbany up three
- Féquière’s third three-pointer of the game put UAlbany up five with 5:42 left in the second
- Maine used a 9-3 run in the second quarter to tie the game at 30
- Maine’s run extended to 13-5 to close the half
- Maine scored four points in the first 80 seconds of the second half, building a seven-point lead
- Féquière hit a three with 6:34 remaining in the third to bring UAlbany within two
- Féquière’s layup and-one with 2:50 left in the third put UAlbany up two
- Maine suffered a scoring drought of 4:34 during which they shot 0-5 late in the third
- UAlbany opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run
- With 6:52 remaining, Féquière scored her 29th point, a new career high
Winners of two straight, the University at Albany women’s basketball team welcomed Maine to SEFCU Arena on Saturday in the first meeting between the two teams since the 2017 America East championship game. UAlbany defeated the Black Bears for the third straight time 68-54.
Jessica Féquière led the way for UAlbany, scoring a career-high 35 points in her 50th career start. Féquière became the first UAlbany player since Imani Tate on February 23, 2017 at Vermont to score 30 or more in a game. Additionally, the 35 total points rank in a tie for the seventh-highest individual scoring game in Great Danes history with Shereesha Richards' 35-point performance against Binghamton on February 11, 2015. Finally, Féquière’s 35 points are the highest in a game for a UAlbany player since Richards scored 41 against UMass Lowell on February 25, 2016.
UAlbany had struggled from behind the arc for the last several games, but that slump was broken this afternoon with the Danes shooting 7-13 from three for the game. Féquière herself shot 5-6 from deep.
The game was played tightly through the first two quarters, with Maine holding a one-point advantage after the first 10 minutes and a three-point advantage at halftime. The lead changed 10 times in the first half alone. UAlbany led by as many as five points in the first half, after Féquière hit her third three-pointer with 5:42 left in the second, but Maine used a 9-3 run to tie the game at 30. Maine’s run grew to 13-5 before halftime, giving the Black Bears their halftime lead.
Maine came out hot in the second half, scoring four quick points, forcing UAlbany to call a timeout with their deficit now at seven. UAlbany would take the lead for good after Féquière hit a layup and-one with 2:50 remaining in the third to put UAlbany up 44-42. During UAlbany’s comeback, Maine shot 0-5 and scored zero points for 4:34 of game time.
The Great Danes pulled away even further behind a 7-2 run to start the fourth quarter. Maine would pull within 10 but came no closer as UAlbany went on to win 68-54.
Tiana-Jo Carter added 12 points behind Féquière’s career day, while also recording four steals and two blocks. Carter now has 140 career blocks, just 11 behind all-time program leader Gia Sanders’ 151. As a team, UAlbany shot 50% from the floor and outscored Maine 34-26 in the paint and 9-3 in second chance opportunities.
Next: UAlbany will play a second consecutive game at home on Monday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. against Binghamton.