The Ulbani women’s basketball team caused a panic at the ACC’s Boston College, but the Great Danes fell 77-65 on Sunday to take on the former coach of their program.
UAlbany led a portion of the third quarter and went 66-62 with only less than four minutes to follow a basket from Lucia Decortes. After that basket, however, Boston College scored the next 10 points to ensure victory.
The defeat saw head coach Colleen Mullen’s ULBani program drop 1–3 in the season, while Joanna Bernabei-McNamee’s Boston College team improved to 5–1.
Burnaby-McNamee coached Ulbani during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, leading the program to the NCAA Tournament and WNIT berths before taking a job at Boston College in April 2018. Mullen was hired to replace Barnaby-McNamee.
Ulbani led Boston College 19-16 after one quarter, but struggled in the second and went 41-31 at halftime. The Great Dane were within three points in the fourth quarter and reached within a point in the first minute of the final period after a bucket from Grace Heaps.
Boston College responded with a 6–0 run, and the teams traded the score until the home team’s decider 10–0. After pulling UAlbany to within 66-62, the Great Dane had five of the worst 25 turnovers of his season.
For Boston College, Makayla Dickens had 21 points and Taylor Soul had 17. Grace Heaps of Ulbany had a team-high 17 points and Helen Hagerstrand added 15 points.
UAlbany will play next Wednesday versus Bryant at the SEFCU Arena.
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