Women's Basketball Rolls UMBC 79-45 on Senior Day
Score: UAlbany 79, UMBC 45
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (22-5, 11-3 AE); UMBC (3-24, 2-12 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team rode a big first quarter to defeat UMBC 79-44 on Senior Day.
Coach Mac: “I thought that was a fun game. One of the biggest things you saw from the jump was an inspired team. UMBC tried to come out and play a triangle-and-two, and Bose hit a couple of big shots. I think that confidence she came out with trickled out to everybody and I think you saw our younger players playing with a little more inspiration because they wanted to send these three ladies off with a good taste in their mouths going into our last couple of games away. These three have been incredible leaders all year and it shows by how our underclassmen act and play. They’re a good reflection of one another.”
Jessica Féquière: “Coming in it was just a game like any other. We’re going to prepare the same way, we’ll go out there the same way, and we’ll play hard the same way. At the end we’ll hopefully get the win, which we did today, so now we feel good, we’re seniors, but we’re not done yet. It’s nice now to celebrate the fact that we’re graduating but know we’re not done yet. We still have so much more to accomplish and hopefully at the end of the season we get the result that we want and we can actually celebrate.”
Tiana-Jo Carter: “At the end of the day we still had a game so we needed to focus. Coming in today that was our main goal, but afterward, getting the win is even better and now we get to celebrate with each other. We’ve been here with each other since the beginning. We’ve been through a lot. To have this moment to share with each other and with our families has been great for us.”
Bose Aiyalogbe: “It’s an important day. We’ve been here for five years, Jess and I. So it’s a step forward to seeing the end. Hopefully we come out good with a win and win the conference. We came out with the same intensity, not minding whether it was Senior Day or not. We’re going to approach every game the same way.”
- Jessica Féquière mader her 60th consecutive start
- Tiana-Jo Carter recorded her 151st career block with 7:28 left in the first quarter, tying the UAlbany program record of Gia Sanders
- UMBC shot 1-9 to end the first quarter
- UAlbany recorded 22 assists
- UAlbany recorded 16 steals and committed just five turnovers
- Mackenzie Trpcic recorded double-digit assists for the fourth time in her last five games
- All three seniors scored in double figures
How it happened
- Bose Aiyalogbe scored first for UAlbany, draining a three with 9:00 left in the first to put UAlbany up 3-2
- UAlbany followed UMBC’s game-opening score with a 7-0 run
- After hitting a three to end UAlbany’s run, UMBC missed their next five shots while UAlbany scored eight straight points
- Jessica Féquière hit a layup as time expired in the first quarter to put UAlbany up 24-7
- UAlbany took its first 20-point lead when Aiyalogbe hit a fastbreak layup with 4:40 left in the second
- Aiyalogbe hit a three right out of halftime to put UAlbany up 42-17
- Coach Mac subbed out the seniors with 3:10 left in the game with UAlbany leading 71-37
The University at Albany women’s basketball team played its final home game of the 2017-18 regular season Saturday, defeating visiting UMBC 79-45 and avenging the regular-season home loss to the Retrievers from last year. After the game, the Great Danes held a ceremony recognizing the three seniors on the roster, Bose Aiyalogbe, Tiana-Jo Carter, and Jessica Féquière.
After UMBC scored the first points of the game, Aiyalogbe hit a three to give UAlbany a 3-2 lead. The Great Danes went on to score the next five points before UMBC scored again, taking a 9-2 lead before UMBC hit a three to cut the lead to four. UAlbany scored the next eight straight while UMBC missed their next five shots and ended the quarter shooting 1-9.
The big first quarter proved insurmountable for UMBC, who never came within 15 points for the remainder of the game. Despite the deficit, the Retrievers played the Great Danes tough in the second and third quarters, being outscored by a total of 10 points in the middle 20 minutes. UAlbany pulled away more in the fourth, outscoring UMBC by seven.
All three seniors had scored in double-figures, with Aiyalogbe leading the way with 14, when Coach Mac subbed them out with 3:10 remaining in the game. Kumsal Aslan saw the scoring load shift to her, finishing with a career-high eight points in eight minutes on the floor. Mackenzie Trpcic recorded double-digit assists for the fourth time in her last five games, and freshman Kyara Frames finished with a career-high 10 points.
With 7:28 remaining in the first quarter, Carter recorded her 151st career block, moving into a tie with Gia Sanders for most in program history. With two regular-season games remaining, Féquière, who made her 60th consecutive start, is 16 points shy of 1,000 for her career, and Carter is 58 shy.
As a team, UAlbany shot nearly 53% in the fourth quarter, and recorded 22 assists and 16 steals while committing just five turnovers. The Great Danes outscored UMBC 36-26 in the paint, 28-6 off of turnovers, 20-8 in second chance opportunities, 13-0 in fast break points, and 37-19 off the bench.
Next: UAlbany will play its final two regular season games on the road starting Thursday, February 22 at Binghamton.