Tuesday, November 23, 2010

University of Albany's Julie Forster Leads Basketball to 65-48 Win & Best Start Since 1986-87 - UAlbany Sports 2010

Albany, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Julie Forster scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in leading UAlbany to its fourth straight win in a 65-48 victory over St. Peter's on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in the first game of a doubleheader at SEFCU Arena. The Great Danes have started a season with four victories for the first time since 1986-87.

After St. Peter's Khadijah Young made a three-point field goal from the right wing to close the gap to 36-30 in the second half, UAlbany (4-0) exploded with 16 of the game's next 18 points. Forster, who recorded her third double-double of the season, had nine in that run, including a left-baseline jumper and a 17-footer that extended the lead to twin figures. Ebone Henry later converted a fastbreak layup, before Forster scored a pair of baskets. She converted in transition off a feed from Felicia Johnson that gave her club a 52-32 margin.

"Felicia did a great job," said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. "She is like a coach out on the floor and she is such a great leader."

St. Peter's (0-4) was held to 34.1-percent shooting, including 6-of-24 in the final period, and was never able to get back into the contest. Jynae Judson, a 5-foot-10 junior, was the lone Peahen in double digits with 10 points and nine rebounds. UAlbany's Henry finished with 15, while Johnson had 12.

The Great Danes leaped to a 9-2 lead at the start, as Henry drilled a three-pointer from the left corner and Forster hit a short bank shot in the lane. UAlbany increased that advantage to double figures when Cassandra Callaway, who netted 10, sank a three-point field goal from the top of the arc. Callaway made another 3-pointer as her team pushed out to a 22-8 lead.

The Peahens closed within five on three occasions before the intermission. Charlene Riddick made two free throws and scored on an offensive rebound to cut the deficit to 25-20. UAlbany was still ahead by five in the final minutes of the period when Johnson nailed a long-range jumper from the right corner. The Great Danes settled for a 35-27 lead at the break.

"I am very excited for our players," stated Abrahamson-Henderson, who will lead the Great Danes against Wagner on Saturday. "They believe in us as coaches and they have worked very hard to get these wins."

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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