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Danes Prove to be Tougher Than Seawolves

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The University at Albany women’s basketball team defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves 64-58 Saturday afternoon at the SEFCU Arena. The win, Albany’s 8th in a row, brings the team to 19-3 on the season, including 7-1 in conference play.

The Danes, who are ranked #17 in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25, sweep the season series against Stony Brook following their 72-68 overtime win earlier this month.

Tiano-Jo Carter’s double-double was the Danes’ top performance in the victory, putting up 14 points and 10 rebounds despite fouling out with 2:39 left in the game.

“My teammates did a good job of getting the ball down low,” said Carter of her performance. “I just try to go up strong and finish.”

Senior Jessica Féquière, the Dane’s leading scorer this season, had an off game, going just 2-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-5 from three.

Salvaging her game by drawing fouls and going 7-for-9 from the free throw line, Féquière ended the game with 12 points, her second-lowest total of the season.

Mackenzie Trpcic scored 13 points along with four rebounds while adding six more assists to her sophomore record which now sits at 133.

The free throw line was a big factor in the game, with the Danes going 20-for-29 from the charity stripe.

Stony Brook avoided the line during the game, going 10-for-14 on the day and shooting their first free throws with 1:23 left in the 3rd quarter.

Stony Brooks’ lone bright spot was from Shania Johnson, who had a game-high 29 points.

The junior finished 12-for-31 from the field and 3-for-16 from three, while UAlbany seemingly planned for her high output.

“She took a lot of shots. We expect her to put up the big numbers,” said coach McNamee. “We did a better job securing their other players. Nobody else was in double digits.”

While not referring to them specifically, McNamee pointed out the team’s foul trouble was due to some questionable calls from the referees.

“We were playing with bad odds,” said McNamee, referring to the referee’s calls against her team. “They really were taking away the flow of the game.”

With Carter and Heather Forester in foul trouble late, the Dane’s bench was key to maintaining the lead, which McNamee later praised.

“I think we have the best bench in the America East division, hands down. It’s great to have that depth,” said McNamee. She also specifically pointed to Chyanna Canada, saying she is “starting to get more disciplined. She’s made some good adjustments.”

After playing a hectic schedule the month of January, the Danes have a week before their next game Feb. 3 at New Hampshire.

“I think for our players we can really use this break,” said McNamee. “We deserve a bye week right now.”

Justin Berlund is a sports writer for the Albany Student Press.

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