Albany Claims 6th-Straight Women's Basketball Title
ALBANY, N.Y. – For the sixth-straight season, the Great Danes are the America East women’s basketball champions. Second-seeded Albany added to their record-setting streak of titles with a, 66-50, win over No. 4 seed Maine at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y. on Friday evening.
History was the theme of the game for the Great Danes, who are the only America East women’s basketball team ever to win six-straight titles and just the 10th team in any America East sport to accomplish the feat. Albany also added on to their record-setting tournament winning streak with their 17th-straight America East tournament win. Head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee became the first-ever, first-year head coach to win the America East title.
Senior guard Imani Tate was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, scoring 21 points in the title game. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammate Makenzie Trpcic, who had 15 points and six assists in the final.
The Great Danes will make their sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They will discover their fate during the selection show on Monday at 7 PM on ESPN.
Senior Sigi Koizar led the Black Bears with 14 points, earning her spot on the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Blanca Millan. Hartford’s Deanna Mayza rounded out the selections after averaging 17.5 points in her two tournament games.
- Maine got off to a hot start, hitting 5 of their first 7 shots to take a 16-6 lead after the first quarter.
- Albany responded by outscoring Maine, 19-6, in the second quarter. The Great Danes held the Black Bears without a field goal for a six-minute stretch.
- Albany exploded for 24 points in the third quarter, going 11-for-18 from the field during the period. The Great Danes led 49-34 after three quarters.
- Albany took advantage of Maine miscues, turning 24 turnovers into 26 points.
- The Great Danes also recorded 15 steals.
- After shooting 3-for-17 in the first quarter, Albany shot 26-for-48 (54.2%) the rest of the game.
Imani Tate, Albany – Most Outstanding Player
Makenzie Trpcic, Albany
Sigi Koizar, Maine
Blanca Millan, Maine
Deanna Mayza, Hartford