Women's Basketball Visits Maine For Conference Tournament Top Seed
ALBANY, N.Y. – Fresh off their 17-point come-from-behind victory at Binghamton, the University at Albany women’s basketball team will conclude the 2017-18 regular season at Maine in the second of two scheduled rematches of the 2016-17 and 2015-16 America East title games.
Against Binghamton, UAlbany (23-5, 12-3 AE) fell behind by 17 points at halftime, the third-largest halftime deficit the Great Danes had faced all season. Behind efforts from Mackenzie Trpcic and CeCe Mayo to spark the comeback, the Great Danes stormed back to tie the game at 50 late in the fourth quarter before going on to win by four. During the game, senior Tiana-Jo Carter recorded her 152nd career block to take sole possession of first place in program history.
Maine most recently played at Vermont, defeating the Catamounts 79-47. Since losing at Stony Brook following an eight-game winning streak, the Black Bears have won their last two. Maine is 10-1 since losing to UAlbany earlier this season.
UAlbany and Maine share the lead atop the America East standings with matching 12-3 conference records. At the moment, UAlbany holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Maine, having won at SEFCU Arena in this season’s previous meeting. At stake on Sunday is the top seed in the America East Tournament and potential home-court advantage in the America East final. Neither team can fall below the two-seed.
Since Maine’s victory at UAlbany on Februray 11, 2015, the home team in this series has won each of the ensuing seven games, including the last two America East championship games. UAlbany last won at Maine on January 3, 2015.
The regular season concludes on Sunday and the America East Tournament will begin in Portland, Maine, on Saturday, March 3.
THE OUTLOOK: MAINE (19-9, 12-3 AE) │ Sunday, February 25, 1:00 p.m. │ Bangor, Maine
Last we met: W, 68-54, January 6, 2018, Albany, N.Y.
Tale of the Tape
- Maine is 10-2 at home this season
- UAlbany is 9-4 on the road
- Against common opponents, UAlbany is 12-3 and Maine is 13-2
- UAlbany is on a three-game winning streak against Maine
- UAlbany leads the America East in scoring offense (69.3 ppg); Maine ranks second (65.4 ppg)
- Maine leads in scoring defense (55.7 ppg), FG% (.419), 3FG% (.332), and rebounding defense (33.2 rpg)
- UAlbany leads in assists (15.5 apg)
- Mackenzie Trpcic leads in assists (6.8 apg)
- Maine’s Blanca Millan leads in steals (3.1 spg)
- Millan ranks second in scoring (17.9 ppg); Jessica Féquière ranks third (17.6 ppg)
- Féquière needs three points to hit 1,000 for her career
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
- Halftime Lead: UAlbany is 17-0 when leading at the half; Maine is 1-5 when trailing
- Early Start: UAlbany is 14-1 in day games; Maine is 8-6
- Momentum: UAlbany is 18-4 following a victory
Series History: Tied 19-19
2016-17 Record: 18-16, (9-7 AE); fourth place America East, AE finalist
Top Offensive Player: Blanca Millan So., G, (17.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg)