Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Women's NCAA Tournament: Albany Upsets Florida

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Women's NCAA Tournament: Albany Upsets Florida

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No. 12 seeded Albany knocks off Florida

Imani Tate and the Albany Great Danes weren't going to have senior Shereesha Richards' record-setting career end while sitting on the bench.

Tate scored 28 points and Tiana-Jo Carter's put-back with 8 seconds left helped seal the Great Danes' 61-59 upset of the fifth- seeded Florida Gators in the first round of the Sioux Falls Region in the women's NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon in Syracuse, N.Y.

It's the first tournament win for the 12th-seeded Great Danes (28- 4), who were making their fifth appearance. Albany overcame a 17- point deficit and played most of the game without their top scorer, Richards, who was in foul trouble. Richards finished with 14 points in just 22 minutes, and fouled out with 6:18 remaining.

"'Rees' has done so much for us every game that she plays. We just knew that we had to finally do something for her," guard Erin Coughlin said. "We had to give her another game in a UAlbany uniform."

Richards was unhappy over fouling out, but then became enthralled in watching the Great Danes mount their comeback.

"There were a lot of emotions, I'm not going to lie," Richards said, who was the first off the bench to join the celebration at midcourt. "I felt like I wasn't there for my team at the end and I knew they needed me. They stepped up and did a great job."

Albany overcame a 17-point second-quarter deficit and trailed by 11 points with 7:49 remaining. The Great Danes responded by out- scoring Florida 15-2 down the stretch.

The Gators (22-9) unraveled down the stretch in being outscored 19-7 over the final quarter.

In other games:

sioux falls region

Syracuse 73, Army 56 * Alexis Peterson scored 24 points to help the No. 4 Orange coast to a win over No. 13 Army in Syracuse.

Ohio State 88, Buffalo 69 * Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points to help No. 3 Ohio State rout No. 14 Buffalo in Columbus, Ohio.

West Virginia 74, Princeton 65 * Bria Holmes scored 26 points as No. 6 West Virginia overcame a sluggish start to beat No. 11 Princeton in Columbus.

Kansas State 56, George Washington 51 * Megan Daines scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half including the go-ahead foul shot as No. …

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