SCORE: UAlbany 59, UMass Lowell 51
LOCATION: McDonough Sports Complex (HVCC) – Troy, N.Y.
RECORDS: 2 UAlbany 21-10, 14-2 America East | #7 UMass Lowell 5-22, 4-12 America East
POST GAME QUOTES: “What we did the past few weeks to get into the tournament…. I wish we could have done that all season. It means a lot to me, and I am just upset that we did not get the results we wanted. Trust me next year we will be good”Umass Lowell forward Amaya Dowdy speaking on how she felt about her team after the early exit loss to UAlbany
Game Recap: The story line going into the first round game was the #2 seed UAlbany Great Danes going against a #7 seed UMass Lowell. A team who won their last three games to just get into the tournament. Even though their record was 5-21 it was not going to be an easy game for the Great Danes. Not only because of their record it took the Great Danes until the fourth period to beat them. UAlbany on the other hand is looking to pick up where they left off. Which is winning an American East title and continuing their winning streak from five to six.
UMass Lowell started the game off on a 5-2 run before the Great Danes responded. By the end of the first period UMass Lowell was leading 10-8. What was more impressive than the lead they had, defensively they had kept leading scorers Hahne and Cooper to a combined two points. The Riverhawks were spreading them out on the floor, in transition runs. The one factor that stood out on the Great Danes side was their post production. They scored all eight points in the middle and kept UMass Lowell scoreless.
By midway through the second period the Great Danes had picked up the momentum. They had taken the lead 19-18. Ellen Hahne, and Haney scored a combined 10 of 11 points to take that lead. Still with the momentum and the lead UMass Lowell was only trailing by one. The three point shooting was the key for the Riverhawks. Every time UAlbany was looking to go on a run UMass Lowell would hit a three pointer.
When the first half was over the game was tied at 25. Ellen Hahne, Morgan Haney and Kayla Cooper all lead the team with five points. The Great Danes had won the period 17-15. With that said Umass Lowell were hanging right in there. One of the keys going into the half that had changed was that they were starting to score in the paint and also finished the half with two scorers with six points and Finley led the team with seven.
By midway through the second period the Great Danes had picked up the momentum. They had taken the lead 19-18. Ellen Hahne and Morgan Haney scored a combined 10 of 11 points to take that lead. Still with the momentum and the lead Umass Lowell was only trailing by one. The three point shooting was the key for the Riverhawks. Every time UAlbany was looking to go on a run Umass Lowell would hit a three pointer. When the first half was over, the game was tied at 25, Hahne, Haney and Cooper all lead the team with five points and the Great Danes had won the period 17-15.
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Coming out of the half the Great Danes came out aggressive. Going on a 5-0 run and taking a 30-25 lead. As previously in the first half Umass Lowell responded and ended up tying the game. Specifically with the three point shot which was killing the Great Danes. When a timeout was called by UAlbany Umass Lowell had taken the lead 33-30. After this timeout was the turning point in the game. UAlbany was playing on another level. The Great Danes went on a 5-0 run, taking a 35-33 lead. Kayla Cooper, their force in the paint now had nine points. The momentum from the run forced Umass Lowell to call a timeout.
This run was the beginning of the end. The Great Danes had finished the period with a 43-39 lead, and most notably had scored 26 points in the paint. By the fourth period Albany was keeping their consistency defensively and offensively. The Riverhawks were still in the game late in the fourth period until Ellen Hahne hit two key three point shots.
With the 59-51 win over the Riverhawks, the Great Danes now have a rematch in the semifinals with the Maine Black Bears. Whom they defeated last season to advance to the NCAA tournament. In their last match up the Great Danes pulled it out 53-50, but that was without Anne Simon. As coach Mullen stated, just like we have to be aware of Simon and guard her, they also have to be aware of and guard us also!
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