Danes lose season finale in heartbreak fashion
BANGOR, M.A. — The women’s basketball team had an opportunity to seize the number one seed in the American East Conference Tournament, but fell just short losing in overtime 74-69 to the University of Maine Sunday night.
“That was a heartbreaker,” said UAlbany Head Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.
The game was a regular season showdown between two teams knotted up in first place atop the America East in the final regular season game of the season. Seeming like the game was drawn up in a movie script, UAlbany senior guard Jessica Féquière added to the drama and notched her 1,000 point as a Great Dane.
“It’s a huge milestone but I wish we came out with the victory instead,” said Féquière. “I could care less how many points I score, right? But it is a huge accomplishment to be the 14th player to ever score 1,000.”
Féquière finished with 25 points on the night and recorded a double double with 12 rebounds, but is wasn’t enough as the Black Bears proved to be the better team down the stretch.
The Danes were outscored 22-10 in the fourth quarter by a Maine team that played from behind the entire game. The Black Bears were red hot down the stretch and shot over 71-percent from the floor for the duration of the fourth quarter, compared to their Dane counterpart who only were 2-for-11 from the field in the last period. Maine sent the game into OT and that’s where the crowd came into play to seal the deal.
Besides Féquière, only one other Dane recorded double digits. That was Mackenzie Trpcic, who had 14 points on 11 shots including four 3-pointers. Trpcic also dished out seven assists. An eighth might have given the Danes a regular season title.
Féquière, Trpcic and their Danes have won six conference tournament championships in a row and if they want to do so again they might have to travel back up to Maine to play in front of the same hostile crowd that helped win the America East regular season title for the Black Bears.
“I thought the crowd was spectacular and really was a good sixth man for them,” said coach Mac.
The first two rounds of the America East Conference Tournament will be played in Portland, Maine and the Danes would only meet Maine in the championship game pending both teams win two games. The conference tournament tips off next weekend on Mar. 3 and concludes with the championship game on Mar. 9.