Women's Basketball Falls at New Hampshire 74-68
Score: New Hampshire 74, UAlbany 68
Location: Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.
Records: UAlbany (19-4, 8-2 AE); New Hampshire (15-8, 6-4 AE)
Short Story: Mackenzie Trpcic records a career-high 13 assists but UAlbany sees its eight-game winning streak snapped at New Hampshire.
Coach Mac: “I think that we were a little bit grittier at our place. Home-court advantage in our conference does make a difference. I think we played with more confidence the first time we played New Hampshire, and that goes to how we even finished around the basket today. We had a real rough time finishing. I think that, coupled with our poor defensive execution, made for a rough day for us.”
- Emma List made her first career start
- New Hampshire shot 9-11 from the floor in the second quarter
- UAlbany outscored New Hampshire 21-9 off the bench
- Mackenzie Trpcic recorded a career-high 13 assists
- Chyanna Canada was 6-6 from the free throw line (combined with Trpcic to go 10-10)
- Three Great Danes and three Wildcats each scored in double-figures
- The game was tied eight times and the lead changed seven times
How it happened
- Jessica Féquière put UAlbany on the board with a three with 7:51 left in the first
- New Hampshire took a three point lead early in the second quarter
- Mackenzie Trpcic tied the game at 20 as the shot clock expired with 7:44 left in the second
- CeCe Mayo scored a layup with 2:24 in the third to put UAlbany up 51-50
- New Hampshire went the final 5:53 of the third without making a field goal, but led 56-53 heading into the fourth
- New Hampshire’s shooting drought extended more than six minutes into the fourth quarter
- Chyanna Canada brought UAlbany within one with six minutes remaining after hitting two free throws
- The Wildcats went on a 6-0 run out of the fourth quarter media timeout to take a 66-59 lead with 2:18 remaining
- New Hampshire led by as many as nine late, going on to win by six
The University at Albany women’s basketball team saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, falling on the road at New Hampshire 74-68. The result also snaps the Wildcats’ three-game losing streak.
After a scoreless first two minutes, Jessica Féquière hit a three to put the first points on the board. A layup from CeCe Mayo with 4:01 left in the first would put UAlbany up by four, and prove to be the Danes’ largest lead of the afternoon.
Trailing by two after one, New Hampshire earned back-to-back and-ones early in the second quarter and took a three point lead. UAlbany took back the lead with 7:09 remaining in the half, one possession after tying the game for the seventh time in the half. New Hampshire retook the lead 80 seconds of game time later, stretching the advantage to as many as nine before heading into halftime up seven. The Wildcats shot 9-11 from the floor in the second quarter, outscoring UAlbany by nine.
Midway through the third quarter, UAlbany had cut the lead to one and trailed 48-47. The Great Danes took the lead with 2:24 left in the quarter after Mayo drew a foul on a layup to put UAlbany up 51-50. It would be the final time the Great Danes led during the game. The Wildcats hit a pair of free throws to take a 52-50 lead, and began the fourth quarter leading by three.
New Hampshire suffered an extended scoring drought lasting the final 5:53 of the third quarter and the first 6:12 of the fourth. Chyanna Canada cut the lead to one with 6:01 left in the game with a pair of free throws, tying her career-high 12 points. Canada capped off a 6-0 UAlbany run during which time the Great Danes did not hit a shot.
A quick 6-0 run out of the fourth-quarter media timeout saw the Wildcats take a seven-point, 66-59 lead with 2:18 left in the game. UAlbany would cut the lead as close as five, but fell behind once more by as many as nine before ultimately losing by six, 74-68.
After 22 straight games featuring the same starting lineup, the Great Danes saw a new face among the starters today in Emma List, making her first career start. Mackenzie Trpcic recorded a career-high 13 assist, surpassing her previous best of 12 set against Wagner during her freshman year. Féquière scored 16 points through three quarters but was shut out in the fourth. Tiana-Jo Carter recorded one block, bringing her career total to 143, just one behind third place in program history. Trpcic and Canada combined to go a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line.
As a team, UAlbany outscored New Hampshire 42-36 in the paint, 11-10 in second chance points, 8-2 in fast break points, and 21-9 off the bench.
Next: UAlbany returns home on Monday, February 5 to host UMass Lowell at SEFCU Arena.