Sunday, November 27, 2011

University of Albany W Basketball Overhauls Saint Francis in Second Half for 50-34 Non-League Win at SEFCU Arena - UAlbany Sports 2011

Albany, N.Y. - Ebone Henry had 11 points and nine rebounds as UAlbany overcame a second-half deficit en route to a 50-34 non-conference victory over Saint Francis, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 27 at SEFCU Arena. The Great Danes snapped a three-game skid.

Saint Francis (1-4) took a 34-32 when Jessica Kaufman, who had 10 points, made a jumper in the lane with 8:45 remaining. But the Great Danes held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way and in the process ran off 18 consecutive points. Henry connected on a three-point play that put her team ahead for good after she was fouled making a steal and a layup. The junior guard finished with a career-best eight steals.

The Great Danes' decisive run was fueled by the first appearance of the season by Megan Craig, a 6-foot-8 freshman from New Zealand. Craig canned a turnaround bank shot from left of the lane, before Cassandra Callaway made an elbow jumper and Julie Forester sank a 14-footer from the right. Adrienne Jones' free throw pushed the lead to double figures at 44-34 with 2:25 to play.

"It was an overall team effort," said UAlbany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, whose team improved to 3-3. "We played a lot of people, we knew we had to keep everyone fresh. Megan (Craig) is such a presence defensively. Once they got inside, she is there to block the shot, so that forced them to the outside."

Saint Francis took a 23-21 lead to the intermission despite missing their opening nine field goal attempts. The Great Danes ran off nine straight points during the drought. Keyana Williams made two free throws and hit a jumper in the lane.

Jasmin Robinson, who had all 11 of her points in the first half, led the comeback. Her conventional three-point play sliced the deficit to 13-12, before Kaufman made a fadeaway from right of the lane to put her team ahead. UAlbany later drew even at 21 apiece on Jones' two foul shots. Kim Snauwaert connected on a jump hook while moving across the lane to give her team a halftime lead.

"We knew we had to go hard, and that we had Megan to help in the back,' Henry offered. "She made us go harder defensivelyt on the outside. We wanted to break our losing streak, so we were ready to do whatever it took."

Callaway scored nine points for the Great Danes, who held Saint Francis to 4-of-18 from the floor in the final period. The Terriers shot 30.8 percent overall. Forster, a 6-foot junior, added six points and nine rebounds, while Craig tallied six points in 10 minutes of action.

Paw Prints: The Great Danes held St. Francis, N.Y. to the lowest point total by an opponent this season ... Adrienne Jones totaled seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in her third starting assignment of the year ... Keyana Williams had six points off bench, one of six players to reach that total ... Megan Craig was one of seven to play double-figure minutes.

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