Albany, Maine Set to Clash for Women's #AETourney Title
ALBANY, N.Y. - For the second-straight year, the Albany Great Danes and the Maine Black Bears will decide the America East Women's Basketball title when the two teams meet at SEFCU Arena on Friday, March 10 at 4:30 PM. The game will be available live on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app with Eric Frede and Elise Woodward on the call.
- Albany is looking for its unprecedented 6th-straight title.
- The Great Danes earned a top-2 seed for the sixth-straight season.
- Albany has won 16-straight tournament games, the longest streak in conference history.
- Albany’s six-straight championship game appearances ties Maine (1995-2000) for the longest streak in conference history.
- The Great Danes 5-0 all-time in title games.
- Albany is the eighth-straight No. 2 seed to reach the tournament final.
- Associate head coach Amy Vachon has been serving as head coach as Richard Barron took a medical leave of absence from the team.
- Vachon has gone 11-6 since taking over the helm on Jan. 7.
- The Black Bears have an extremely young lineup that features 9 newcomers including 8 freshmen and one transfer.
- 7 of the team's top 9 scorers are freshmen and 8 of the top 9 had not played for the Black Bears until this season.
- Maine is in search of its first America East title since 2004.
- The Black Bears are the third No. 4 seed to reach the tournament final.
- Albany and Maine will meet for the fifth time in America East tournament history and the second time in the finals. The series is even at 2-2.
- The last time the two teams met was in last year's title game with No. 1 Albany defeating No. 2 Maine, 59-58.
- The teams also met in the 2006 first round when No. 8 Maine beat No. 9 Albany and in the 2004 semifinals as top seed Maine beat No. 4 Albany en route to the team's last title.
- Over the last two seasons, Maine and Albany are 3-3 vs. each other during the regular season.
- The Black Bears were just the 3rd No. 4 seed to defeat the No. 1 seed.
- Maine is 7-9 all-time in title games