Great Danes Clipped by No. 20 Syracuse, 75-53
Photo Credit: Syracuse Athletics
Score: No. 20 Syracuse 75, UAlbany 53
Location: Carrier Dome – Syracuse, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (1-3) | No. 20 Syracuse (3-0)
Short story: The University at Albany women’s basketball team took the 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange into the fourth quarter of a hard-fought battle between two New York universities. The Great Danes were led by 12 points from Kyara Frames but it was not enough to top the Orange who defended their home court with a 75-53 victory.
- Kyara Frames led the team in both points (12) and rebounds (9). The nine boards are a season-high for the junior. She also totaled six assists.
- Morgan Haney, Amanda Kantzy and Alexi Schecter totaled nine points apiece.
- Helene Haegerstrand matched a personal best in points with eight.
- Syracuse out rebounded UAlbany, 43-31.
- Syracuse leads the all-time series 5-0.
Head Coach Colleen Mullen: “The team did a great job at executing the game plan today. In the end, it came down to us needing to hit a few more shots. Syracuse came out strong in the third quarter but we never got down and the team never got frustrated or gave up. We continued to battle throughout the entirety of the game and played some great defense against the 20th-ranked team in the nation.”
After Khepera Stokes scored the first two points of the night, Syracuse scored the next seven to pull ahead 7-2. Kyara Frames drained a three coming off a screen to tie the game 11-11 and with less than two minutes to play, Frames hit her second three of the game to give UAlbany their first lead of the day, 14-13.
Stokes then increased the lead to 16-13 but a late three-pointer by Taleah Washington would tie the game, 16-16, at the horn.
Held scoreless for two minutes, Haney knocked down a free throw to break up an Orange 8-0 scoring run. Syracuse would get one final shot off in the quarter as they carried a 34-24 advantage at the break.
The Orange began to roll after the intermission and a pair of Syracuse free throws gave the home team a 43-28 lead with 6:01 on the clock. UAlbany fought back and a triple by Frames cut the difference to eight at 45-37 at the 2:14 mark, but the Orange responded with a 9-5 run to extend their lead to 12, 54-42 after three.
Syracuse continued to pull away in the fourth quarter and a traditional three-point play by Brooke Alexander in the final 30 seconds gave the Orange a 75-53 victory.
Up next: The Great Danes return to SEFCU Arena for their next two games, beginning with Boston University on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.