Women's Basketball Pulls Off Comeback at Binghamton; Carter Sets Blocks Record
Score: UAlbany 57, Binghamton 53
Location: Events Center in Binghamton, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (23-5, 12-3 AE); Binghamton (19-9, 10-5 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany women’s basketball team kicked off their two-game road trip to finish the regular season with a come-from-behind victory at Binghamton.
Coach Mac: "I think out team showed perserverence. They played with a lot of heart. I thought Mackenzie really took over in the second half and really put the team on her shoulders. Not just with her play but with her attitude and leadership during the timeouts. That's the leader I've been looking for. Jess played great, she might not have scored as much but she played with a lot of heart. Beteween Mack and CeCe, they sparked the turning point in that game. CeCe did things that won't show up on a stat sheet, but she really was a difference-maker tonight."
Tiana-Jo Carter: It's a milestone that I've never really thought about, but I'm really excited to have the record. It's a cool feeling to think my name will go down in UAlbany women's basketball history, and its a testament to the teammates I've played with in my career that I've had this opportunity."
- UAlbany recorded six steals in the first quarter
- Binghamton’s Imani Watkins scored 18 points in the first half
- The Bearcats shot 57% from the floor in the second quarter
- Binghamton shot 6-11 from three in the first half and 7-8 from the line; UAlbany was 1-5 and 1-3, respectively
- Binghamton outrebounded UAlbany 22-14 in the first half
- The 17-point halftime deficit was UAlbany’s third-largest of the season
- Watkins scored just one point in the second half
- UAlbany recorded 18 steals in the game
- Tiana-Jo Carter set a new program record with her 152nd career block
How it happened
- After two scoreless minutes to start the game, Binghamton got on the scoreboard first
- UAlbany took a 5-4 lead with a three from Jessica Féquière with 6:07 left in the first
- Tiana-Jo Carter recorded her 152nd career block with 9:44 left in the second quarter, breaking the program record of 151 held by Gia Sanders
- Binghamton opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run
- The Bearcats took a double-digit lead with 2:11 left in the second
- Binghamton went on a 12-5 run to end the second quarter, taking a 17-point lead into halftime
- UAlbany opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run
- Mackenzie Trpcic cut the lead to single digits with a pair of free throws with 2:35 left in the third
- Mayo cut the lead to five with a layup with 1:16 left in the third
- Trpcic cut the lead to four with 22 seconds left in the third
- Trpcic tied the game at 50 with a three with 5:00 remaining in the fourth
- Féquière hit a three to give UAlbany a 53-50 lead, its first since the first quarter
- With 10 second remaining, Féquière hit one of two free throws to put UAlbany up four
After celebrating the 2017-18 seniors and closing the regular season home schedule with a big victory over UMBC, the University at Albany women’s basketball team hit the road to start a two-game road trip to finish the regular season. Visiting Binghamton on Thursday, the Great Danes fell behind by 17 at the half before mounting a comeback to defeat the Bearcats 57-53.
UAlbany entered the game tied for first place with Maine in the conference standings and holding a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Black Bears with one meeting remaining. Binghamton entered in third place, just one game behind UAlbany and Maine with two games to play.
Binghamton scored first to take a 2-0 lead after more than two minutes of scoreless play. Tiana-Jo Carter tied the game immediately at two with a layup on the other end during UAlbany’s ensuing possession. The Great Danes took their first lead, 5-4, after Jessica Féquière hit a three with 6:07 left in the first. Binghamton quickly retook the lead, going up by as many as four before the quarter ended with the Bearcats holding a two-point, 11-9 advantage.
With 9:44 left in the second quarter, Carter recorded her 152nd career block, breaking a tie for first in program history with Gia Sanders, whose 151 blocks in her career from 2004-08 stood as the program record for a decade.
Leading by two, Binghamton opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run that lasted nearly the first three minutes. CeCe Mayo’s layup with 7:02 left in the quarter snapped Binghamton’s early run. UAlbany closed within six before Binghamton took a double-digit lead for the first time with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
Over the final four and a half minutes of the second quarter, Binghamton went on a 12-5 run, extending their lead to 17, taking a 39-22 advantage into halftime. The Bearcats’ Imani Watkins led all scorers through the first half with 18 points. For UAlbany, Mayo led in scoring with six points on 3-4 shooting. After committing eight turnovers in the first quarter, Binghamton committed just three in the second. On the glass, Binghamton held a 22-14 advantage through the first 20 minutes.
Coming out of halftime, facing their third-largest halftime deficit of the season, UAlbany scored six straight points in just over one minute, cutting the deficit to 11 and forcing a Binghamton timeout. Mackenzie Trpcic, after drawing a hard foul on a fast break, cut the deficit to single-digits, and with 22 seconds left in the quarter, cut the deficit to four. UAlbany’s defense held Binghamton to just five points in the third.
Trpcic cut the lead to one with 7:49 left in the fourth. She tied the game at 50 with 5:00 left with a three from the top of the arc. Féquière hit a three with 2:47 left to give UAlbany its first lead since the first quarter, 53-50. With 10.4 left in the game, Féquière hit one of two free throws to give UAlbany a four-point lead.
UAlbany held Watkins to just one point in the second half, and the Bearcats to 14 points, and outscored Binghamton 32-20 in the paint. Binghamton shot 18% and 13% from the floor in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.
Trpcic finished with 19 points and six assists. Féquière finished with 13 points, and stands at 997 for her career.
Next: UAlbany will play at Maine to close the regular season on Sunday, February 25. The America East Tournament begins Saturday, March 3 in Portland, Maine.