Dec. 9, 2017
ALBANY, NY - UAlbany reclaimed the Albany Cup in a 78-63 victory over Siena Women's Basketball on Saturday at the Times Union Center. The Great Danes took an 11-10 series lead over the Saints with the victory.
Tiana Jo-Carter led UAlbany (7-2) with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Mackenzie Trpcic added 16 after hitting four from behind the arc. Jessica Fequiere and Patricia Conroy tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Aaliyah Jones led Siena (4-5) with 15 points, seven of which came in the first quarter. Deja Rawls added 12 on an impressive 5-7 (.714) shooting from the field. Emmanuella Edoka recorded 11 points, with seven off of free-throws, while Maddie Sims came off the bench and tallied 10 points.
It was a slow start for both squads, but early in the matchup UAlbany led 8-7, with Jones tallying all seven Siena points. At the end of the first quarter, the Great Danes would hold a slight 11-10 lead.
Both teams came to life in the second quarter, but the Great Danes began to run away with the Albany Cup. The Saints shot an impressive 80% (8-10) in the frame, but UAlbany would hit seven of nine (78%) from beyond the arc to lead 40-31 at the half. Siena's 21 points in the quarter would be the most points scored in the second frame this season.
UAlbany stepped away from the three-point line and shot 8-12 (67%) from the field in the third frame. The Saints were held to just 4-17 (24%), but hit seven of 10 (70%) from the charity stripe to keep the game within grasps. UAlbany took their largest lead of the game of 20 points, 60-40, with just over two minutes remaining. Siena trailed UAlbany 61-46 with 10 minutes left to play.
The Saints continued to battle for the Albany Cup in the final quarter, and bring it as close as 11, but UAlbany would push their lead back to 20,76-56, with just under four minutes to play. Siena hit eight of their 20 free throws during the frame, with Edoka hitting five of her seven free throws. Siena and the Great Danes both scored 17, but UAlbany would reclaim the Albany Cup 78-63.
Siena takes the week off from games before hosting Sacred Heart at the Alumni Recreation Center on Sunday, December 17, the Saints first game back in the ARC since November 20. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.