UAlbany turns defense into offense in win over Bryant

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The UAlbany women’s basketball team topped Bryant 60-34 Wednesday night. The Great Danes improve to 2-3 on the season.

COACH COLLEEN MULLEN: “I am so proud of the way our team responded tonight. This game was a statement game for us, and I am happy with the way we played together. We knew Bryant was a tough, scrappy team and our defensive pressure was consistent all night.”

KEY STATS

  • Redshirt-sophomore Morgan Haney led the team with 13 points, going 5-11 from the field and 2-4 outside the arc.
  • Sophomore Kayla Cooper owned the team’s highest efficiency score tallying eight points, six rebounds, three steals, and 1 assist. 
  • Senior Lucia Decortes shot a team-high 80% going 4-5 from the field.
  • Junior Helene Haegerstrand made both of her basket attempts from outside the arc, going 4-7 from the field, to compile the team’s runner-up 10 total points.
  • Freshman Koi Sims led the team defense, totaling seven rebounds including a team-high four offensive rebounds.
  • Senior Ellen Hahne tallied a team-high four assists.
  • Three Great Danes garnered three steals – Haney, Coopers, and Sims.
  • All 13 UAlbany student-athletes saw time with 29 points coming from the Great Dane bench.
  • As a team, the Great Danes outshot the Bulldogs, 40.4%-30%.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Bulldogs opened the game with an 8-0 advantage but the Great Danes tallied 12 unanswered points to take the lead.
  • Helene Haegerstrand finished the quarter with five more UAlbany points to earn the team a 17-10 lead.
  • The Great Danes opened the second quarter with eight straight points, holding Bryant off for the first three minutes of the quarter.
  • About midway through the quarter, the Bulldogs closed to lead to nine but UAlbany went on an 8-2 scoring run to take back a 13-point lead, 35-20.
  • The Great Danes allowed just six Bryant points in the third quarter, all of which were scored before the clock hit 7:30.
  • UAlbany tallied another scoring run, totaling 13 unanswered points to lead 50-28 with seven and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter.
  • The Great Danes went on to score 10 points in their remaining time to take the game, 60-34.

NEXT: The Great Danes will head to Colgate for a Sunday afternoon contest on December 5.

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