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from the Times Union



Danes fall again to BC


By Abigail Rubel

Joe Sullivan / Boston College Athletics

Boston College’s Dontavia Waggoner shoots in front of UAlbany’s Helene Haegerstrand.

Jim Franco / Times Union archive

UAlbany sophomore Lilly Phillips scored nine of her 12 points in the first half against Boston College.

For the second year in a row, the University at Albany women’s basketball team lost at Boston College. But for the second year in a row, it was a competitive game as the Eagles beat the Great Danes 74-62 Saturday afternoon.

“It was a loss, obviously, so that’s always a bummer, but we executed what we wanted to and we felt like we played tough, so tough loss but good game,” said senior forward Helene Haegerstrand.

The Great Danes (5-6) led by 10 points halfway through the first quarter but were outscored by 22 points the rest of the way and couldn’t get closer than six points in the fourth quarter.

“It was a game of who was really going to be able to, at that fourth quarter, dig in and execute. And we had that great comeback, we just didn’t have enough in the gas tank at the end,” UAlbany coach Colleen Mullen said.

“We felt like we were able to control the tempo of the game and get what we wanted, so it’s definitely frustrating that we weren’t able to get it all the way and come away with the win,” Ellen Hahne said.

Fifth-year forward Lucia Decortes, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing the first nine games, was called for two fouls in the first 75 seconds and played just nine minutes. UAlbany was also missing another post presence in sophomore forward Freja Werth, who recovered from an injury sustained Tuesday only to fall ill just before the game.

“We weren’t deep at all in the post position, and they have some really tall players. So certainly our strategy was to protect the paint and make every catch that (forward/ center Maria) Gakdeng caught difficult, double-team her, and certainly wanted to keep them off the boards, so that was a little bit of a struggle,” Mullen said.

The Eagles (8-4) outrebounded the Great Danes 35-19 and scored 40 points in the paint.

“We had a few lapses where we weren’t able to box out and get the rebound, some small lapses from the scout,” Hahne said. “And for the most part, I think we executed the scout really well, but when you play a really good team, those small lapses really matter.”

Hahne had another big outing for UAlbany, leading all scorers with 22 points and adding five rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Sophomore guard Lilly Phillips scored nine of her 12 points in the first half, and Haegerstrand went nearly 18 minutes without a basket in the first half but had eight points in the fourth quarter to finish with 11.

Dontavia Waggoner and Gakdeng led the Eagles with 17 points each, and Andrea Daley added 16 and nine rebounds.

Boston College got out to a 3-0 advantage before UAlbany took over early, going on a 15-2 run to lead 15-5 with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Then UAlbany’s post defense started to struggle, giving Boston College two three-point plays in a row as the Eagles ended the quarter on a 14-2 run to take a two-point lead that they expanded to 34-28 at the half.

“We knew we needed to keep them off the boards, but the foul line — credit BC, they did a really good job capitalizing at the line. But I think we bailed them out, and just on ticky-tack fouls, just reaching in at that last second,” Mullen said.

The Eagles shot 16-for-19 from the foul line and 50 percent from the field; UAlbany shot 48.9 percent from the field.

Grace Heeps got UAlbany within three, 40-37, on a layup with 6:25 to go in the third, but Daley hit a 3 — Boston College’s first of the game — and Waggoner got to the line for another three-point play as the Eagles pushed the lead to 11 points at the end of the quarter.

The Great Danes cut the deficit to six points three times in the fourth as the Eagles went more than five minutes without a field goal, but Boston College was able to keep getting to the line to stay ahead.

After Taniya Hanner hit a layup to make it 65-59 with 2:25 remaining, Gakdeng made a layup of her own off a traveling violation on Phillips, starting a 9-0 run for Boston College that put away the game.

“They got really aggressive. We had some down-the-stretch turnovers that we maybe shouldn’t have,” Haegerstrand said.

The Great Danes head to Stonehill next before finishing the nonconference schedule with trips to Ohio State and Syracuse.

▶› Abigail.Rubel@- timesunion.com A @abigail_rubel

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