Albany, Boston U. Stay Unbeaten in Conference Play With Wins Saturday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Albany and Boston University both stayed unbeaten in conference play with wins on Saturday, while Vermont and Hartford also picked up victories as part of a full day of America East play.
Vermont (5-11, 2-1) improved to 2-1 in league play by edging UMBC (5-12, 1-3), 63-60, at Patrick Gymnasium. The Catamounts moved to 5-1 at home this season while the Retrievers are still in search of their first road win.
After leading by just one at halftime, Vermont built an 11-point lead midway through the second half after a Niki Taylor free throw made it 49-38 with 10:30 left. Taylor led the Catamounts with 15 points while Lauren Buschmann pulled down 14 rebounds.
UMBC slowly chipped away at the Catamount lead, using an 11-2 run to come within one at 54-53 after a Brittany Crowell 3-pointer with 3:20 left. Crowell had 17 points while Raven Harris had 22 points and eight assists. Vermont responded with four straight to make it 58-53. The Retrievers had a chance to tie it down three with 4.1 seconds left, but could not get a shot off.
Boston U. (14-3, 4-0) won its 11th-straight game, holding on for a 57-52 win over Binghamton (2-15, 1-3). Chantell Alford led the Terriers with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Sherae Swinson led the Bearcats with 16 points.
After leading by two at halftime, Boston U. took a double-digit lead on a Molly McKendrick layup with 14:58 left. After the Bearcats closed within four, the Terriers extended the lead to 10 once again after an Alford jumper with just over eight minutes remaining. Binghamton continued to fight, coming as close as three with a minute remaining, but a Danielle Callahan jumper with 52 seconds left sealed it for Boston U.
Hartford (11-6, 2-2) won its second-straight conference game, defeating Stony Brook (10-7, 2-2), 59-43. The game was knotted at 24 at halftime, but a strong second half by the Hawks on both ends of the floor propelled them to the win. Stony Brook held a 33-30 lead with 13:54 left following a free throw by Sabre Proctor, but a 21-4 run by the Hawks opened up a 51-37 lead for the home side after a layup by Ruthanne Doherty at the 5:04 mark. Daphne Elliott led Hartford with 19 points in the contest.
Preseason favorite Albany (12-3, 3-0) continued to impress, topping Maine (1-15, 0-3), 71-39, on Saturday. The Great Danes have won their first three games by an average of 37 points per game. Four Albany players were in double figures, as Lindsay Lowrie, Ebone Henry and Megan Craig each had a team-high 12, while Shereesha Richards added 10. Maine was led by Courtney Anderson's 11 points.
Results, January 12
Vermont 63, UMBC 60 - Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Boston U 57, Binghamton 52 - Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Hartford 59, Stony Brook 43 - Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Albany 71, Maine 39 -