ITHACA — Helene Haegerstrand made a go-ahead shot, a clutch 3-pointer, for the UAlbany women’s basketball team with less than 10 seconds to play in Wednesday’s non-conference game at Cornell.
Shannon Mulroy, though, provided a game-winning answer for the home team at Newman Arena, as Cornell prevailed 47-46.
After Haegerstrand’s made 3 and a Cornell timeout, Cornell inbounded in its frontcourt with 5.6 seconds left. UAlbany’s Grace Heeps deflected the inbounds pass, causing the time to start ticking away, and Mulroy to head into the backcourt to retrieve the ball. Mulroy — with UAlbany’s Ellen Hahne defending her — had just enough time to make it back to the 3-point line and let fly a shot, which rattled around the rim before falling through for the buzzer-beating, game-winning basket.
The defeat dropped UAlbany to 1-2 on the season, while Cornell improved to 3-3.
The final seconds provided a fitting end to the game, which included five ties and 11 different leads for each team. After UAlbany started the game with an 11-0 run, Cornell answered with an 11-0 run of its own. From there, the teams stayed within two possessions of each other.
Cornell led 36-34 to start the fourth quarter, which included six lead changes. The final four baskets of the game all resulted in a lead change.
Haegerstrand led UAlbany with a game-high 16 points, while Lucia Decortes added a dozen points and eight rebounds. No other UAlbany players recorded double-digit scoring in the game. While Decortes and Haegerstrand combined to make 11 of 19 shots, the rest of the Great Danes made 6 of 29 from the field.
For Cornell, Olivia Snyder scored a team-high 14 points and collected 10 rebounds. Theresa Grace Mbanefo scored 12 points and Mulroy had seven.
UAlbany next plays Sunday at Boston College, which is coached by former UAlbany head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.