UNH, Albany, Maine and Hartford Advance to #AETourney Semifinals
PORTLAND, MAINE - The first neutral site tournament in America East women’s basketball history tipped-off at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine on Saturday, and the best crowd since 2012 took in the opening session with 1,896 fans in attendance. The day saw No. 1 New Hampshire, No. 2 Albany, No. 4 Maine and No. 6 Hartford advance to the semifinals.
Top-seed New Hampshire got past No. 8 Stony Brook, 58-49, while No. 4 Maine beat No. 5 Binghamton, 59-40. The Wildcats and Black Bears will meet in the first semifinal on Sunday at 2 p.m. In the second session, No. 2 Albany took down No. 7 Vermont, 65-45, and No. 6 Hartford upended No. 3 UMBC, 75-40. The Great Danes and Hawks will battle at 4:30 p.m. in the second semifinal on Sunday.
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- New Hampshire (26-4) used an 11-4 run bridging the third and fourth quarters and outscored Stony Brook by seven in the final frame to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2014.
- It’s just the Wildcats third trip to the conference’s final four since 2005.
- The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the floor and did the bulk of their damage in the paint, outscoring the Seawolves, 34-24.
- America East Player of the Year Carlie Pogue led all scorers with 23 points and grabbed six rebounds.
- Kat Fogarty broke the America East quarterfinal record with 5 blocks.
- Elizabeth Manner led Stony Brook (12-18) with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
- The No. 1 seed has now advanced to the semifinals in 12-straight years and in 24 of the 26 years since the tournament expanded beyond six teams.
- Maine (17-15) trailed Binghamton by five with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter, but outscored the Bearcats by 22 the rest of the way to advance to the semifinals for the third-straight season.
- The Black Bears trailed 25-20 early in the third quarter but used a 21-9 run to take a seven-point lead into the fourth and opened the period by scoring eight straight points to pull away.
- Maine, which shot 56 percent from the floor in the second half, turned 24 Binghamton turnovers in 19 points.
- First-team All-Conference selection and Academic All-American Sigi Koizar paced Maine with 16 points.
- Alyssa James had eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Binghamton (13-17)
- Maine advances to the semifinals for the third-straight season. The Black Bears will look to become the 3rd No. 4 seed to advance to the final in tournament history.
- It was the first win in the quarterfinal round for the No. 4 seed since 2011.
- After scoring just seven first quarter points, Albany (19-11) poured in 58 over the next three frames to pull away from Vermont (9-20) and reach the semifinals for the sixth-straight season.
- The Great Danes trailed 10-7 after 10 minutes of play, but outscored Vermont, 58-35, over the next three quarters.
- Albany’s defense held Vermont to 28 percent shooting and forced 26 Catamount turnovers, 17 of which came via steals.
- The win was Albany’s 15th-consecutive championship victory, breaking a tie with Maine (1995-99) for the most all-time.
- First-team All-Conference selection Imani Tate paced the Great Danes with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists while second-teamer Jessica Fequiere had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
- Kylie Butler had 13 points and four rebounds to lead Vermont.
- Albany has advanced to the semifinals in six-straight seasons.
- The No. 2 seed has advanced to 10-straight semifinals.
- Hartford (17-13) jumped out to a 17-5 lead on UMBC and never looked back en route to advancing to the semifinals for the 11th time in the last 13 years.
- The Hawks, who shot 49 percent from the field while holding the Retrievers to just 23 percent, led by 12 at halftime and opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run to extend their lead to 23.
- UMBC (15-15) closed to within 15 with 1:01 left in the third, but a 19-0 Hartford run pushed the advantage to 70-36, its largest of the game.
- Hartford’s 12 three pointers tied for the second most in a tournament game and are the most ever in a quarterfinal contest.
- Second-team All-Conference selection Deanna Mayza had 21 points and added seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Hawks.
- Darby Lee had double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds and shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the field, a tournament record for best shooting percentage.
- Third-teamer Laura Castaldo paced the Retrievers with 10 points and five boards.
- This marks the fourth time in the last six seasons the No. 6 seed has upset the No. 3 seed.