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Nice win for the Lady Danes

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Northeastern hit a 3 at the buzzer to make this look a little closer than it was. Back in the driver's seat for the fifth seed with an outside shot at 4th or even 3rd. Hartford is one game ahead but has games against Maine and goes to second place Bing. Danes have the tie breaker against Hartford as they swept them. Danes are two games behind BU with a game against them Tuesday. They'd need help but BU hasn't been playing well the past few games and the third seed would help us avoid Maine for another round.


Game story from the UA site:




Boston, Mass. – Alicia Learn had 16 points and Danielle Hutcheson added 11 points and 12 rebounds, as Albany held off Northeastern, 58-56, in America East Conference action on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Solomon Court.


Northeastern (11-14, AE 5-11) took a 31-29 lead with 12:11 remaining on a three-point field goal by Melissa Kowalski, who finished with 11 points. Albany (11-14, AE 8-8) responded with 12 of the game’s next 15 points. Hutcheson, a 6-foot-4 junior who recorded her ninth double-double of the season, canned a pair of free throws to put her team ahead for good at 33-31. Hutcheson would later find a wide-open Jen Schumacher, who drilled a 3-pointer, and hit a jump hook in the lane for a seven-point advantage.


The Great Danes, who have won six of their last eight outings to remain in fifth place in the conference standings, increased the margin to 50-38 with 4:44 left. Schumacher drained another long-range jumper, before Maree Jones converted a layup.


However, the Huskies, who dropped their fifth straight, would make a run at the lead in the final two minutes. Joi Jefferson, who scored 12 points, fueled the outburst with a three-pointer from the top of the arc. Francesca Vanin, who had a team-high 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, made two free throws to close the gap to 55-51 with one minute remaining.


Jefferson, a 5-foot-9 senior, sank two more foul shots 20 seconds later to bring her club within one possession at 56-53. But Hutcheson, who did all of her scoring in the final period, made two of four free throw attempts in the stretch, before Northeastern’s Jody Burrows banked in a 3-point shot with one second left that produced the final score.


"Today we used our three C’s, courage, character and confidence," said Albany coach Trina Patterson, whose team held Northeastern to 25.5-percent shooting, a season-low by an opponent. "These are the things that helped us win. I am proud of their ability to bounce back after a bad first half."


Both teams struggled on offense in the opening stanza, as Northeastern led 16-15 at halftime. The Great Danes, who committed a season-high 29 turnovers overall, shot 26.3 percent in the period, while the home team was just 3-of-21 from the field.


Sophomore guard Becky Ayers was the third player in double figures with 12 points for the Great Danes, who avenged a 73-52 home loss to Northeastern on Jan 10. Learn, a 6-foot-1 junior who produced her highest scoring total in conference play this season on 7-of-12 shooting, added nine rebounds.


"I thought rebounding was the difference," commented Hutcheson, whose team held a 44-35 edge on the glass. "Everyone contributed on the offensive and defensive end, and we kept them off balance by switching defenses. We also kept our composure in the final minutes. We told ourselves we are not leaving here without the win."

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