Albany Breaks Record, Wins Regular-Season Title
The University at Albany Great Danes claimed their second-straight outright America East regular-season title as part of four women's basketball games Wednesday night, doing so in record-breaking fashion.
Albany (25-3, 15-0) set a new league record with its 38th-straight America East Conference regular-season victory, breaking the mark of 37-straight set by Maine from 1995-97. The Great Danes defeated New Hampshire, 60-47, on the road behind 16 points from Shereesha Richards. Albany led from start-to-finish, but the Wildcats were within a single possession for much of the game. Albany used a late 9-0 run to stretch a two point lead to 11 at 48-37 with 6:10 to play.
Stony Brook (21-7, 12-3) pulled into a tie for second with New Hampshire and broke a program Division I record with its 21st win, beating Vermont, 66-57, on ESPN3. The Seawolves would win head-to-head tiebreaks if both SBU and UNH lose or win on Saturday and would take the No. 2 seed. Vermont (7-21, 4-11) will be the No, 6 seed. Jessica Ogunnorin led the Seawolves with 12 points and 16 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.
Maine (15-13, 9-6) reached the 15-win plateau for the first time since 2004-05 and currently have had an 11-win turnaround from a year ago with a, 84-65, win over UMass Lowell. The Black Bears hold a one-game lead for the No. 4 seed in the America East Championship over Hartford and will face the Hawks in the first round no matter what the results are on Saturday. Maine will be the No. 4 seed with a win and the No. 5 seed with a loss and a win by Hartford. Liz Wood led the Black Bears with 20 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.
Binghamton (5-23, 2-13) snapped a 12-game losing streak and earned its first home win of the season, beating Hartford (11-17, 8-7), 55-51. The Bearcats are now 3-3 in their last six games with the Hawks. Vaneeshia Paulk led the Bearcats to victory with 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 4:24 left that gave Binghamton a 49-48 lead. After Hartford pulled even with a free throw, Kristin Ross hit a jumper and Paulk hit a layup with 19 seconds left to put the game away.
Hartford will sits as the No. 5 seed in the America East tournament and will play Maine in th first round. The Hawks can move up to No. 4 with a win and loss by Maine by virtue of tiebreak scenarios.
Binghamton and UMBC will battle on Saturday with the winner taking the No. 7 seed and the loser with the No. 8 seed.