Carter's Perfect Game Leads Women's Basketball Over UMass Lowell
Score: UAlbany 93, UMass Lowell 60
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (20-4, 9-2 AE); UMass Lowell (3-20, 0-10 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany women’s basketball earns 20th win of the season, defeating UMass Lowell 93-60 behind Tiana-Jo Carter’s perfect night.
Coach Mac: “That was a fun game. I think it was great to see everybody rotate in and out, and for the most part not miss a beat offensively. Defensively, of course, we had a little bit to work on depending on our lineups that were in. I love the way T-Jo came out aggressively from the start. This is the first game where we started out the game making layups, finishing shots, and really looking like we were a very confident team out there. I like to see our chemistry hitting on both ends of the floor and I love the idea of getting everybody some playing time at this time of year.”
Tiana-Jo Carter: “I didn’t realize I hadn’t missed a shot. I thought I had missed some, so it wasn’t the first thing on my mind. Coming off our last game I didn’t feel like I performed very well for my team, so coming into practice we worked really hard on trying to be together and work together so tonight I really wanted to help our team and make up for what I didn’t do before.”
- Mackenzie Trpcic assisted on the first three UAlbany field goals, the first of which was her 250th as a Great Dane
- Tiana-Jo Carter scored 10 points in the first quarter, and shot 7-7 from the floor in the first half
- Trpcic recorded seven of UAlbany’s 16 first-half assists
- UAlbany shot 61.8% in the first half
- UAlbany outscored UMass Lowell 31-0 in points off of turnovers in the first half
- Carter shot a perfect 11-11 from the floor and 4-4 from the line to finish with a career-high 26 points
- UAlbany recorded 26 assists as a team with just 13 turnovers, and forced 33 UMass Lowell turnovers
- Bose Aiyalogbe made her 50th career start
- Trpcic made her 50th career appearance
How it happened
- After UMass Lowell scored the first two points of the game, UAlbany followed with a 12-0 run
- UAlbany made five straight field goals after missing their first of the game
- Tiana-Jo Carter scored 10 straight points to put UAlbany up 14-2
- UAlbany went on an 8-0 run mid-way through the second quarter, holding UMass Lowell to 0-5 shooting
- Mackenzie Trpcic scored five straight points to put UAlbany up 40-14 with 3:05 left in the second
- UMass Lowell went on a 5-0 run early in the third quarter before succumbing to an 8-0 UAlbany run
- UAlbany took led by 40+ for the first time late in the third after a three-pointer from Patricia Conroy
- Kumsal Aslan put UAlbany above the 90-point mark with a jumper with 1:11 left in the game
After seeing their eight-game winning streak snapped at New Hampshire, the University at Albany women’s basketball team righted the ship Monday night, defeating visiting UMass Lowell 93-60.
The last time the Great Danes played the Riverhawks, UAlbany trailed by nine points at halftime before rallying to win by nine. This time around, UAlbany stormed out to a big lead and never looked back.
UMass Lowell scored the first basket of the game, briefly holding a 2-0 lead. UAlbany scored the next 12, including 10 straight from senior Tiana-Jo Carter. UMass Lowell scored to bring the game within eight before UAlbany scored the next four. By the end of the first quarter, UAlbany was up 22-8.
The scoring barrage continued into the second quarter when Kyara Frames hit a three to put UAlbany up 17. Mid-way through the quarter, UAlbany used an 8-0 run to take a 35-11 lead. The gap hit 30 with 2:14 left in the first half after Bose Aiyalogbe hit a three. UAlbany went into halftime leading 52-18.
Carter shot 7-7 from the floor in the first half and led all scorers with 15 points. Mackenzie Trpcic, who had assisted on each of UAlbany’s first three field goals, finished the first half with seven assists, including the 250th of her career. CeCe Mayo scored eight points in the first half, tying her career high set two days ago against New Hampshire. As a team, UAlbany outscored UMass Lowell 34-6 in the paint, 31-0 off of turnovers, and 12-0 in fast break points. The Riverhawks ended the first have with five more turnovers than they had scored points.
Carter hit her eighth straight field goal to start the game immediately after the third quarter started to give UAlbany a 54-18 lead. With 6:36 left in the third, Carter recorded her first block of the game, and the 144th of her career, putting her in a tie for third place in program history with Melissa Schoonover (1996-00).
Trpcic recorded her 10th assist of the game with 5:24 left in the third, setting up Jessica Féquière for a layup to put UAlbany up 64-25. Carter tied her career high 22 points with a pair of free throws with 4:44 left in the third. At this point, Carter was 9-9 from the floor and 4-4 from the line.
UAlbany opened up a 40-point advantage late in the third off a three-pointer from Patricia Conroy. The Great Danes ended the quarter leading 75-37.
Carter hit her 10th-straight field goal with 7:48 left in the fourth, and her 11th just 10 seconds later. She finished the game with a career-high 26 points, shooting a perfect 11-11 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line.
The Great Danes eclipsed 90 points for the second time this season after Kumsal Aslan hit a jumper with just one minute remaining in the game. Previously, the Danes had scored 97 in overtime against Northern Illinois in Puerto Rico.
Trpcic ended the game with 11 assists, her second consecutive game in double-digits. UAlbany shot 57.1% from the floor in the game, and outscored UMass Lowell 54-20 n the paint, 40-7 off of turnovers, 10-5 in second chance points, 14-2 in fast break points, and 33-31 off the bench. The Danes recorded 16 steals, and 26 assists with just 13 turnovers, and forced UMass Lowell into committing 33 turnovers.
Next: UAlbany returns to the road to face Vermont on Thursday, February 8 in Burlington.