UAlbany women’s basketball succumbs to fourth-quarter run from UMBC

UAlbany women's basketball head coach Colleen Mullen during their Jan. 5 game against Binghamton at SEFCU Arena in Albany.
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UAlbany women's basketball head coach Colleen Mullen during their Jan. 5 game against Binghamton at SEFCU Arena in Albany.

A fourth-quarter run lifted UMBC to a 61-52 win Sunday, as the visiting UAlbany women’s basketball team needed to settle for a split series during its opening weekend of America East Conference play.

UAlbany led 43-38 after a free throw from Helene Haegerstrand early in the fourth quarter, but the Great Danes didn’t register their first made field goal of the period until Grace Heeps made a 3-pointer in the game’s final minute. In between Haegerstrand’s free throw and Heeps’ make, UMBC put together a decisive 19-2 run that helped it avenge Saturday’s 66-56 defeat.

UAlbany had taken control heading into the fourth quarter on the strength of a third quarter during which it outscored UMBC 14-5. In the fourth quarter, though, UMBC outscored UAlbany 23-10 as the Great Danes made 3 of 14 shots in the period.

For UMBC (1-1, 1-3), Juliet Esadah, Alexia Nelson and Janee’a Summers each scored a dozen points to lead the way in a game that saw the teams combine to make 41 of 102 shots from the field. Haegerstrand, with 13 points, was the only UAlbany (1-1, 2-3) player to contribute double-digit scoring.

UAlbany will be back on the road Tuesday at 1 p.m. against Fordham, then is off until its Jan. 2-3 home series against Vermont. The Great Danes have played their first five games away from SEFCU Arena.

While Hartford and Maine are scheduled to play their opening conference series against each other on Tuesday and Wednesday, the league’s other eight teams have each completed one series. Only Stony Brook emerged with a sweep, taking both its games against Binghamton.

UALBANY

Decortes 2-4 0-0 4, Haegerstrand 5-12 3-4 13, Frames 3-6 0-0 7, Hahne 2-9 2-2 6, Heeps 1-7 0-0 3, Om 2-3 0-0 5, Hayes 3-6 2-2 9, Cooper 1-3 1-4 3, Hanner 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Thayne 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-51 8-12 52.

UMBC

Esadah 4-6 4-6 12, Clowers 0-2 1-2 1, Moye 3-8 2-2 9, Nelson 4-5 4-7 12, Swann 1-6 0-0 2, Summers 4-15 4-5 12, Gagan 0-2 0-0 0, Gast 2-2 1-2 5, Anumgba 3-5 2-2 8, Braswell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 18-26 61.

UALBANY 19 9 14 10 — 52

UMBC 15 18 5 23 — 61

3-pointers: UALBANY 4-15 (Haegerstrand 0-1, Frames 1-3, Hahne 0-2, Heeps 1-4, Om 1-1, Hayes 1-3, Cooper 0-1). UMBC 1-5 (Moye 1-1, Swann 0-2, Summers 0-1, Gagan 0-1). Rebounds: UAlbany 25 (Heeps 5). UMBC 41 (Summers 10). Assists: UAlbany 11 (Haegerstrand, Heeps 3). UMBC 4 (Moye, Nelson 2). Turnovers: UAlbany 17. UMBC 16. Total fouls: UAlbany 25. UMBC 15. Technical fouls: None. Fouled out: Haegerstrand. Attendance: 0.

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