Friday, December 28, 2012

University of Albany Men's Basketball & Jacob Iati's Career Night Sinks Navy, 71-61, On Friday - UAlbany Sports 2012

Annapolis, Md.- Senior guard Jacob Iati goes off for a career high 26 points to lead UAlbany over Navy, 71-61, on Friday, Dec. 28 at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. The 10th non-conference win for the Great Danes is the most wins before conference play in the Division I era. "I knew he would play well because he is from York, Pa. and anytime we play in the state of Maryland, it seems like half of York Pa. shows up in support for the Iatis," said head coach Will Brown on Iati's career night. The Great Danes were paced by Iati's 26 points on 6-of-11 shooting from behind the arc. Junior forward Luke Devlin, who has had a rough start to the season, found his rhythm tonight with 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor and Sam Rowley complimented with seven points and seven rebounds. With the score tied 11 all, UAlbany got its offense going with a 12-0 run that was sparked by three three-pointers, two by Iati and one Hooley. The Great Danes led 23-11 with 7:00 minutes remaining in the half. Navy put UAlbany in foul trouble and hit three of four free throws cut the deficit to six, 25-19, with 3:05 left in the first. Then a Chris Page three pointer followed by a Iati three and two made free throws along with a Luke Devlin jumper, put UAlbany back up to a double-digit lead of 11, 35-24, with 41 seconds left. Page, on the defensive side, swatted a shot then stole pass to hold the Midshipmen to 24 at their final possession. The Great Danes opened up the second half on a 14-7 run to extend their lead to the largest of the game (19), 50-31, with 15:04 remaining. Rowley capped the run with a three-point play. However, Navy did not let up, going on a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to six, 51-45, with 7:29 left in the game. The Midshipmen's Brandon Venturini hit two threes during the run to cut the deficit to the closest that Navy came during the remainder of the contest. UAlbany put its foot on the gas to put Navy away by going on a 20-8 run in a seven minute stretch, 71-53. Devlin sparked the run, scoring 11 of his 13 total points. The Great Danes shot 41.7 percent (10-24) from behind the arc and out rebounded Navy, 33-29. "We did a great job defensively in the first half but got in foul trouble as a team early and gave 18 free-throw attempts that kept Navy in the game. Then in the second we got a little lazy and they made shots, but we weathered the storm and finished strong to win the game," mentioned Coach Brown about the Great Danes 10th win of the season. The Great Danes head back to Albany for its final non-conference game before America East play against Brown on Monday, Dec. 31. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Henry and Richards combine for 35 points as UAlbany Defeats Canisius in Beach Classic Win

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- California native Ebone Henry continued her strong homecoming as the University at Albany women's basketball team triumphed over Canisius in the third place game of the Long Beach Classic, 67-47. Coming off a career-high 29 points the night before, the senior guard led all scorers with 20 points. The Great Danes finished the tournament 1-1 and defeated the Griffs for the second time this season. After a 6-6 start, UAlbany went on a 14-3 run, holding Canisius scoreless for nearly five minutes. Three straight buckets by freshman Shreesha Richards gave the Great Danes an early double-digit lead, 20-9, with 9:58 remaining in the first half. The Great Danes continued to add to their lead. With 4:13 to go in the first, UAlbany extended their advantage to 17, 30-13. As Canisius attempted to chip away with a five-point run of their own, back-to-back three's by Henry and guard Margarita Rosario put the margin back to 16, 38-22, at half. UAlbany controlled both the boards and ball through 20 minutes. They outrebounded the Griffs 23-14 and had nine steals to Canisius' 0. Henry continued on her scoring spree, ending the first half with a game-high 13 points. Another early run by the Great Danes built their lead into the second half. UAlbany went on a 12-2 run, blowing the game open, 53-31 with 14:04 to go. Richards continued to add to her point total with six points over the span. Richards and Henry led UAlbany to the final buzzer as they rolled over Canisius down the stretch, winning 67-47. The two combined for 35 points. Richards scored 15 points with a career-high seven steals. The Great Danes dominated nearly every statistical category. These included steals: 14-3, turnovers: 19-12, and rebounds: 46-36. They shot 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free throw line and 39.1 percent from the field (25-64). "This was a great tournament for Ebone, coming home to California," said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who has guided the Great Danes to their best-ever Division I start. "She played hard. I thought Ebone, Shereesha [Richards] and Julie [Forster] took over this game. Overall, we leave Long Beach feeling strong." Tonight concluded the Great Danes non-conference schedule for 2012-13. They will enjoy the holiday break before getting back to action Jan. 2 against America East opponent UMBC. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at RAC Arena.

Friday, December 21, 2012

University of Albany's Men's Basketball's Mike Black Nominated For 2012-13 Bob Cousy Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- Senior guard Mike Black has been nominated by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award nominee on Thursday, Dec. 20. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. Over 80 candidates have been nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award. Black has had successful career through his first three seasons at the University at Albany. He has been honored as a member of the America East Conference All-Rookie Team in 2009-10, All-Conference Third Team in 2010-11, and an All-Conference Second Team in 2011-12. This season, the Chicago Ill. native was picked as a 2012-13 Preseason All-Conference nominee by the America East and has proven as a worthy candidate through the first 11 games. The senior captain guard is averaging his highest point total (17.5 points per game) to begin the season and has helped lead the Great Danes to their best 11-game start (9-2) since entering Division I. Currently, Black is among the best in scoring nationally with a ranking of 76th. This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around January 1st, final 10 near February 1st, and final five by approximately March 1st. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend. Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year's recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy, log onto

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

University of Albany Football Announces Inaugural CAA Season Schedule -- Season Tickets On Sale Now

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany football program has announced its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule for 2013. After wrapping up a 14-year tenure in the Northeast Conference with six championships, including a share of the title in 2012, the Great Danes will play their first season in the CAA next fall. Along with the Great Danes, Stony Brook will also be an addition to CAA Football for next season, joining current members Delaware, James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Richmond, Towson, Villanova, and William & Mary. The CAA has proven to be one of the strongest and well respected conferences at the FCS level, as nine of the 11 teams competing in 2013 were ranked in the nation's top-25 last fall. In addition, CAA Football has produced two national championship teams, four national championship game appearances, eight semifinal appearances and more than 30 postseason wins since 2007. In the past, UAlbany has had success over CAA members, having tallied a 7-5 all-time record. The Great Danes have previously faced Delaware (1-1), Maine (4-2), Towson (2-1) and New Hampshire (0-1). UAlbany will also have an opportunity to expand on its rivalry with Stony Brook, having played the Seawolves 15 times in the past, accruing a record of 10-5 all-time. UAlbany will clash with eight of the conferences' 11 teams next fall, kicking off the league slate Saturday, Sept. 14th against Rhode Island. The home-opener will also mark the program's first game at Bob Ford Field, a brand new 8,500 seat stadium. The Danes will travel to James Madison on Oct. 5th and Delaware on Oct. 12th, before returning home Oct. 19th to host Towson. UAlbany will then hit the road to battle Richmond, the reigning CAA co-champions, on Nov. 2nd. The following two weekends, the Great Danes will have the home field advantage, welcoming Maine Nov. 9th and 2012 NCAA Tournament participant New Hampshire Nov. 16th to the Capital Region. UAlbany will close the 2013 regular season Nov. 23rd at rival Stony Brook, who has made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the last two seasons. Football season tickets for 2013 are on sale now! Season tickets are available in three price options, beginning with the premium Gold Club seating. Gold Club is offered to UAlbany Athletic Department donors of $1,000 or more. Those seats are located on the lower level of the stadium between the 30-yard lines and can be purchased for $140 per season ticket plus a deposit on the donation. The second option is the lower level reserved seating, located from the 10- to the 30-yard lines and can be purchased for $100 per season ticket. Lastly, upper level reserved seats are available for $75 per season ticket. Individual game tickets will go on sale August 1, 2013. Ticket prices for individual games will start at $15. Student tickets will remain free to all enrolled UAlbany students, with seating in both the lower and upper levels. Student tickets will be available at the start of the Fall 2013 semester. For more information or to order season tickets, call the UAlbany Athletics Box Office at (518) 442-DANE. UALBANY FOOTBALL 2013 CAA SCHEDULE Sept. 14 Home vs. Rhode Island Oct. 5 Away at James Madison Oct. 12 Away at Delaware Oct. 19 Home vs. Towson Nov. 2 Away at Richmond Nov. 9 Home vs. Maine Nov. 16 Home vs. New Hampshire Nov. 23 Away at Stony Brook UAlbany’s non-conference schedule will be announced at a later date.

University of Albany's Sean Kenny has been selected to compete in the 17th Annual All American Bowl

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany senior kicker Sean Kenny has been selected to compete in the 17th Annual All American Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 22nd at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The All American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give college seniors and semi-pro free agents the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all-star game setting. The participants in the All American Bowls have been nominated for their outstanding performances throughout the season, their accomplished career, and for a chance to be noticed. This fall, Kenny appeared in all 11 of UAlbany’s contests en route to a share of the Northeast Conference title, while leading the NEC with 79 points on the season. Kenny made 11-of-17 field goals, including a perfect 3-for-3 night at No. 23 Maine (9/22), tying a program record for field goals in a game. The performance earned him the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The Ghent, N.Y. native also made the second-longest field goal in program history, doing so against Monmouth (9/29) with his career-long 49-yarder. Kenny was successful in 46-of-49 point-after kicks and set a single-game record, making 9-of-9 PAT’s versus Central Connecticut State (11/17). On kickoffs, the senior averaged 60.2 yards per kickoff with two touchbacks on the season.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

UAlbany Women’s Basketball Defeats Delaware State, 79-57; Extends Win Streak to Six

DOVER, DEL. - With four players in double-digit scoring figures, led by Shereesha Richards with 16 points, UAlbany extended its win streak to six games, defeating Delaware State, 79-57, in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday evening at Memorial Hall. The Great Danes improve to 8-2 on the season, while the Hornets fall to 2-6. Delaware State scored the first six points of the game before UAlbany broke onto the scoreboard with a 3-pointer from Ebone Henry from the left side of the arc. The Great Danes tied the game at 17:20 as Julie Forster dished the ball to Keyana Williams under the hoop. However, the Hornets built up a 14-7 advantage with 14:39 to play on three consecutive baskets. UAlbany ended the second 6-0 run with a layup by Forster at 14:12. The teams exchanged baskets, before Megan Craig and Richards sparked the Great Danes with back-to-back buckets. UAlbany's Sarah Royals then tied the game at 20-20 with a 3-pointer from the right side. The Great Danes took their first lead of the game on the next possession, getting a trey from Lindsey Lowrie at 10:45. Lowrie nailed her second long-range shot of the night at 7:10 to push the UAlbany lead to 30-24, before Craig got a put-back to fall to put the Great Danes ahead by eight. UAlbany continued to roll through the half, using the usual stifling defense to induce several Delaware State fouls and turnovers. The Great Danes used five good free throws to end the half - two from Forster and three from Margarita Rosario - to hold a 40-32 advantage at the break. The Great Danes scored the first points of the second half to hold their biggest lead of the game, and followed a single free throw by DSU's Tierra Hawkins with a 3-pointer by Lowrie to extend the advantage to 45-33 after less than a minute of action. Lowrie then recorded a steal and passed ahead to Henry, who converted the layup to spur the Hornets to take an early timeout. UAlbany outscored the Hornets, 24-5, to start the second half before Kianna D'Oliveira nailed two free throws and then hit a layup to pull Delaware State back within 68-41. The Great Danes did not slow down, however, and built up a 75-54 lead before the final media timeout of the game. Richards then scored the final points of the game, and recorded a steal in the waning seconds to seal up the win. "The first half was sluggish," said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, whose team has won its last six games by an average of 24.7 points. "In the second half, we adjusted, changed our press, and got into the flow of what we needed to do offensively. Shereesha [Richards] had another great game - she is a great spark off the bench." Delaware State got 10 points from Jade Washington, while Tierra Hawkins and Uchechi Ahaiwe added nine apiece. The Hornets shot 45.5 percent (20-44) from the field, while committing 28 turnovers. After Richards, who also recorded a team-high eight rebounds the Great Danes got 15 points from Lowrie, all from beyond the 3-point line. Megan Craig finished with 13 points and seven boards, while Ebone Henry netted 10 points. UAlbany shot 47.5 percent (28-59) from the floor, and hit eight 3-pointers, while also recording 13 steals.

Monday, December 10, 2012

University of Albany Men's Basketball Jumps Three Spots To 22nd In Mid-Major Poll

ALBANY, N.Y. - Going 2-0 this past week and stringing along five straight wins up to this point, the University at Albany men's basketball team jumped up three spots in the Top-25 College Insider Mid-Major poll to No. 22. This is the highest ranking in-season the Great Danes have received since entering Division I in 1999-2000.

Leading the Great Danes are the senior guard duo of Mike Black and Jacob Iati. The tandem have combined for 33.2 points per game, which is the highest scoring combo in the America East Conference. Iati's success has come from behind the arc, tallying 34 three-pointers in 10 games which is 5th best in the nation. Black has a team-best 17.4 points per game and shooting 47.0 percent (55-117).

As a team, UAlbany has been one of the nation's best shooting teams. Through 10 games this season, the Great Danes are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor (85th in the nation), 73.4 percent from the free-throw line (62nd in the nation) and 40.0 percent from behind the arc (21st in the nation).

UAlbany's five-game winning streak are its best streak since the 2008-09 season. The Great Danes will shoot for their best streak of eight-straight games against non-conference foes South Carolina State (Wed. Dec.,8), Quinnipiac (Fri. Dec. 21), and Navy (Fri. Dec. 28).

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

UAlbany Men's Lacrosse Announces 2013 Schedule

ALBANY, N.Y. -- University at Albany head coach Scott Marr released the men's lacrosse schedule for the 2013 season on Tuesday afternoon. The Great Danes, who are pursuing their fifth America East Conference Championship, will play a 15-game schedule, including five home games and five America East contests. UAlbany will prep for the upcoming season with two scrimmages against Colgate (Feb. 2) and Cornell (Feb. 9), before kicking off the regular season. "Once again we have challenged our players with a tremendous schedule," said Marr, who is entering his 13th season at the helm of the UAlbany program. "We are looking forward to competing against some of the most storied programs in the game as well as competing against a very balanced conference." UAlbany, which advanced to the America East Championship game last season, will start 2013 with two road games, kicking off the schedule with the annual matchup against Syracuse (Feb. 16) at the Carrier Dome. The Great Danes will then visit Drexel (Feb. 23), before coming home for back-to-back games at John Fallon Field. Yale will visit the Capital Region on March 2, while UAlbany will host Massachusetts on March 5. The Great Danes, who play six teams who made an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, will head back on the road to Canisius (March 9) and Bryant (March 16) before hosting Patriot League opponent Bucknell (March 23). UAlbany will wrap up the month of March on the road, playing Harvard (March 26) in Cambridge, and starting conference play at Binghamton (March 30). The Great Danes will play their annual matchup with powerhouse Johns Hopkins (April 5) in Baltimore, televised on ESPNU. UAlbany will then face three straight America East foes, hosting Hartford (April 7), and UMBC (April 20), while also visiting Vermont on April 13. At the home finale on April 20, the Great Danes will honor the 2013 seniors, as well as the 10-year anniversary of the first America East Championship team. The 2003 squad was the first UAlbany team to make an NCAA appearance at the Division I level. The crosstown rivalry with Siena continues in Loudonville on April 23, before the team visits Stony Brook to close out the regular season on April 27. The America East Men's Lacrosse Championship will be hosted by Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium in 2013. The Semifinals will take place on Thursday, May 2, while the Championship will be on Sunday, May 5. Selections for the 2013 NCAA Tournament will follow on Sunday, May 5 with first round competition in the tournament opening on Saturday, May 11. 2013 University at Albany Men's Lacrosse Schedule February: 2 (Sat.) Colgate (Scrimmage), 1 pm 9 (Sat.) @ Cornell (Scrimmage), 1 pm 16 (Sat.) @ Syracuse, 2 pm 23 (Sat.) @ Drexel, 1 pm March: 2 (Sat.) Yale, 12 pm 5 (Tues.) Massachusetts, 3 pm 9 (Sat.) @ Canisius,1 pm 16 (Sat.) @ Bryant, 1 pm 23 (Sat.) Bucknell, 1 pm 26 (Tues.) @ Harvard, 7 pm 30 (Sat.) @ Binghamton*, 3 pm April: 5 (Fri.) @ Johns Hopkins, 7 pm (ESPNU) 7 (Sun.) Hartford*, 2 pm 13 (Sat.) @ Vermont*, 1 pm 20 (Sat.) UMBC*, 1 pm 23 (Tues.) @ Siena, 4 pm 27 (Sat.) @ Stony Brook*, 7 pm May: 2 (Thurs.) America East Semifinals, TBA 5 (Sun.) America East Championship, TBA *America East Conference opponent

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball program, led by head coach Jon Mueller in his 13th year at the helm, has announced a 54-game slate for the 2013 season. The Great Danes will play 13 games against teams that made NCAA Tournament appearances a year ago, including SEC powerhouse South Carolina, who won the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in 2010 and 2011, and finished 2012 as the nation’s runner-up. “This schedule will prepare our team for the very challenging America East Conference,” said Coach Mueller. “It is our hope and primary goal to challenge our team early and establish roles before we enter our conference slate.” UAlbany will play its first 18 games on the road, kicking off the season February 15-17th in Cary, N.C. at Wright State’s USA Baseball Complex Classic. The Great Danes will play single games against Canisius, last year’s MAAC runner-up, Mid-American Conference’s Toledo, Wright State of the Horizon League, and 2012 CAA runner-up Delaware. From there, UAlbany will meet the Gamecocks for the first time in program history in a three-game series at Carolina Stadium (Feb. 22-24). Moving from one premier venue to another, the Great Danes will face UNC Greensboro, playing three games versus the Southern Conference’s Spartans (March 1-3). A trip to Hofstra (March 6) for a single contest and then to NYIT (March 9-10) for a pair of doubleheaders will mark the Danes’ final exams before opening America East Conference play at Hartford on March 16th. The league-opening series against the Hawks will represent the first three clashes in a 30-game league schedule. The six America East schools will play a six-game series against each other in a pair of three-game home-and-home series. The Great Danes open their 19-game home schedule at Varsity Field March 19th versus Marist. UAlbany will also go to the Red Foxes’ home diamond on April 9th. Sandwiched between two conference series at UMBC (March 23-24) and vs. Maine (March 30-31), UAlbany will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. for a doubleheader against the reigning Ivy League champions and 2012 NCAA Tournament competitors, Cornell, on March 26th. Also out of conference, the Danes will host the winningest baseball program in NCAA history in the Atlantic 10’s Fordham, on April 2nd, before welcoming Stony Brook, the reigning America East champions and 2012 World Series participants, to Varsity Field (April 6-7). UAlbany will also travel to face the Seawolves May 11-12th. Midweek through the month of April, UAlbany will make a trip to St. Johns on the 16th. The Red Storm won the Big East Tournament and regular season titles a year ago and made an NCAA Super Regional appearance. The following week, the Danes will go to Manhattan, the reigning MAAC champions, on the 24th, as well as host Central Connecticut State of the NEC on April 30th. UAlbany wraps its home-and-home series with Hofstra on May 9th, and closes the regular season at home versus league-foe Binghamton, May 17-18th. The top four teams in the conference will advance to the America East Championship, held May 22-25th at the home field of the highest seed. The conference postseason champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA regionals.

Monday, December 3, 2012

University of Albany Men's Basketball Ranked 25th In Mid-Major Poll - UAlbany Sports 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. - For the second time in program history, UAlbany men's basketball cracked the College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major poll on Monday, Dec. 3. The Great Danes are currently ranked 25th with 61 votes in the poll. To view the mid-major poll in its entirety click here. The last time UAlbany was placed in the mid-major top-25 was on Nov. 8, 2006, following its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UAlbany is off to its best start in Division I with a 6-2 record through the first eight games. The Great Danes started off with a win over the A-10's Duquesne in the season opener 69-66. Then UAlbany rattled off its best non-conference win ever over the Pac-12's Washington in Seattle, 63-62. The Great Danes are on a three-game winning streak, having recently defeated their crosstown rivals, Siena, in the Albany Cup by a decisive 13 points, 69-56. Senior guards Mike Black and Jacob Iati have been the focal point on the offensive end, averaging 16.9 and 14.8 points per game, respectively.

University of Albany Women's Lacrosse's Ariana Parker Named A 2013 Preseason All-American

ALBANY, N.Y. - Continuing to release sections of the 2013 Face-Off Yearbook, Inside Lacrosse released the Preseason All-Americans for 2013. The University at Albany women's lacrosse junior midfielder Ariana Parker was named to the 2013 Preseason Third Team. Parker had a more balanced performance offensively in her sophomore season (39 goals; 15 assists) than her freshman season (44 goals; 3 assists). In 12 of the 18 total games last season, the Port Ewen, N.Y. native tallied multi-point performances. The junior midfielder was honored as a 2012 America East Conference First Team selection and a 2012 IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team member. Two other America East Conference members were honored on the list, Boston U.'s senior attacker Danielle Etrasco (Second Team) and Stony Brook's senior attacker Claire Petersen (Third Team).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

University of Albany Men’s Basketball Easily Defeats Cross-City Rival Siena Taking Home Albany Cup - UAlbany Sports 2012

Albany, N.Y. - In a battle for the Albany Cup, senior guards Mike Black and Jacob Iati paced UAlbany with 13 points a piece to defeat Siena, 69-56, on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Times Union Center. UAlbany's 6-2 record through the first eight games is the best start to a season since entering Division 1. "I thought we were the tougher team tonight," UAlbany head coach Will Brown said. "Last year (in a 64-60 loss to Siena) we got punked in the second half, and we weren't going to let the happen again." The Great Danes two senior guards, Black and Iati, each scored a team-high13 points with three and two rebounds, respectively. Junior center John Puk tallied nine points and eight rebounds, shooting a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. UAlbany was able to hold senior center O.D Anosike under double-digit points and rebounds for the first time all season, with eight points and seven rebounds. Rob Poole led Siena with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. A true back-and-forth battle in the first half between both teams in the first half. Siena and UAlbany traded leads eight different times through 14 minutes. The Great Danes then took hold of the lead with an 8-2 run to end the half and grab a six-point lead, 30-24. UAlbany did not take its foot of the gas in the second half, never giving the lead back to Siena the entire second half. The Saints' Poole brought the game within three points, 35-32, with 16:26 remaining in the game. However, the Great Danes took control of the final 16 minutes of play. UAlbany extended the lead to as much as 13 for the final 48 seconds and finished with a 69-56 score. UAlbany out rebounded Siena, 33-26. The Great Danes were almost automatic from the free-throw line, shooting 21-24 at the charity stripe. Big men Blake Metcalf and Puk shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the line. The Great Danes look to extend their three-game winning streak at home against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

UAlbany Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight Albany Cup with 65-48 Win Over Siena

ALBANY, N.Y. - Lindsey Lowrie and Megan Craig each scored 12 points to lead UAlbany to a 65-48 win over Siena in the 2012 Albany Cup game on Saturday evening at the Times Union Center. The Great Danes, who have now won three straight games in the crosstown-rivalry game, improve to 5-2 on the season, while Siena falls to 2-5. UAlbany scored the game's first six points, getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Lindsey Lowrie and Ebone Henry. The Great Danes extended their lead to 12-6 on a lay-in by Megan Craig at 13:51, with an assist from Henry. UAlbany continued to build an advantage, scoring the next four points to hold a 10-point, 16-6, lead, with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. The Great Danes continued to use a strong defensive pressure, getting their fifth steal of the game and turning it into two points at the other end, holding a 22-8 advantage with 7:22 to play. Siena attempted to rally late in the half, getting baskets from Tehresa Coles and Kate Zarotney, to pull within 29-12, with just under four minutes to play. The Saints scored four straight points to further cut the UAlbany advantage to 29-16, but UAlbany would not fold as time wound down. With under a minute to play, Lowrie nailed her third 3-pointer of the game, while freshman Erin Coughlin also hit a long-range basket to set the halftime score at 35-19. Siena came out of halftime aggressive, cutting the lead to 39-24 on back-to-back baskets by Clara Anglada and Ciara Stewart. Anglada nailed her second straight 3-pointer at 15:21, but UAlbany's Margarita Rosario responded with a trey of her own to end the Saints rally at 14:58. Craig then scored consecutive buckets for the Great Danes, pushing the UAlbany lead to 46-29 with just over 12 minutes to play. With 9:33 on the clock, Henry was unable to connect on an and-one opportunity, but UAlbany got the rebound and Julie Forster laid the ball in to keep the Great Danes on top. UAlbany continued to build its lead from there, pushing the advantage to 27 points, 59-32, with just over five minutes to play on a layup by Shereesha Richards. A 3-pointer by Coles with 1:17 to play brought Siena back to within 19, 65-44, but Taylor McVey netted UAlbany's final points of the game at the minute marker. Coles scored the final points of the game, all from the free throw line, to set the final 65-48 score. Coles finished with a game-high 13 points, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Lily Grenci also went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, adding in eight points and five rebounds. Siena shot just 23.7 percent (14-59) from the floor, but managed 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the free throw line. Lowrie, who went 4-of-7 from the floor, all from beyond the 3-point line, also grabbed six rebounds and handed out two assists. Craig also grabbed six boards and recorded three blocks, in just 19 minutes of action. Forster added 10 points for the Great Danes, while Henry totaled eight points, five boards, five assists, and two blocks to fill up the stat sheet. UAlbany shot a season-high 60.0 percent (27-45) from the floor in the game, and outrebounded the Saints, 39-28.

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