SCORE: UAlbany 64, Binghamton 60
LOCATION: Lee Court – Vestal, N.Y.
RECORDS: UAlbany 13-8, 7-0 America East | Binghamton 10-9, 3-3 America East
POST GAME QUOTES: “Tonight was a gutsy win and I am so proud of the fight our player showed down the stretch.”UAlbany Coach Colleen Mullen comments after her 64-60 victory over Binghamton
Post Game Coverage
Going into Wednesday this game was critical for both teams. The Great Danes were undefeated at 6-0 and coming off a victory over NJIT 73-54. Binghamton on the other hand was looking to continue and ride off their last win. The Bearcats were also looking to stay in the top four of the conference. The game started off as expected, the Great Danes started on a 5-0 run. Then Binghamton started to respond and started making their shots, taking a 10-9 lead.
The key was the Bearcats getting defensive stops and steals. Also Jayden Weltz hitting a three to take the lead for Binghamton. UAlbany did end up taking back the lead around the 3:44 mark 16-14. By the end of the first period Binghamton was in the lead 24-20. Once the second period started UAlbany defensive play took over the game. They went on a 5-0 run, holding the Bearcats scoreless until the 6:26 mark. Ella Wanzer ended their scoreless drought, by hitting a three on the next possession. That quick lead was exactly what it was. Once Binghamton took the lead UAlbany defense responded even more.
For the rest of the second period the great Danes defense held Binghamton to five points. While outscoring them 15-5, they also held Wanzer scoreless for the rest of the period. Bowman only had four points at halftime. Offensively they stepped up, outshooting the Bearcats 48 to their 30 percent. Holding them scoreless the whole period. The Great Danes outscored them 7-0, and Cooper was contributing with her team leading 10 points.
When the second half started, Albany had a 35-29 lead. With the way The Great Danes were controlling the game their lead was only going to get bigger. After Bowman scored, cutting the lead from six to four (35-31) UAlbany went on a 11-2 run. Creating 15 point lead (46-31) forcing Coach Ord to take a timeout midway through the third period.
The adjustments that coach Ord made during that time out worked to an extent. As Binghamton ended up scoring eleven points. When the period was over they were only trailing by 10 (52-42). When the fourth period started, Binghamton hit two three point shots. One from Wanzer and another by Coleman, cutting the 10 point deficit to four. Forcing UAlbany to call a timeout (52-48).
After the timeout UAlbany responded and created a nine point lead (61-52), making Binghamton call a timeout, to adjust. It seemed like even after the timeout UAlbany still had control of the game. As usual this is when Guard/Star Denai Bowman steps up, and that’s exactly what she did. Scoring nine points and two steals in the period.Also created the assist for Ella Wanzer to hit a three pointer with 35 seconds left.
It was looking like the Bearcats were going to take this into overtime. Especially when guard Morgan Haney missed two foul shots. The final play of the game ended with Lucia Descortes getting a crucial steal on Binghamton. The victory which was well earned leaves UAlbany sitting at the top of the American East conference.