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Great Danes Face 65-39 Setback at Rutgers

UAlbany Sports Information   11-18-2018

Score: Rutgers 65, UAlbany 39

Location: The RAC – Piscataway, N.J.

Records: UAlbany (1-3), Rutgers (4-0)

Short Story: Senior Heather Forster garnered nine points and nine rebounds as the UAlbany women’s basketball team faced a 65-39 setback at Rutgers on Sunday evening.

Head Coach Colleen Mullen:

“Credit Rutgers, they took us out of some stuff that we wanted to do offensively. They play high pressure and I thought considering the amount of pressure they put on us we only committed a few turnovers. In the second and third quarter we got inside out attacks and Rutgers got tired and I thought we really capitalized on that late in the game. I am really proud of the way we finished.”

Game Notes:

  • Points in the pain were 32-14 in favor of Rutgers.
  • UAlbany turned the ball over just 13 times, a season best.
  • The Scarlet Knight’s bench contributed 33 points in the win.
  • Caitlin Jenkins and Arella Guirantes paced all players with 12 points apiece.

Recap: Senior Heather Forster and redshirt-sophomore Khepera Stokes tallied a team-high nine points apiece but the Great Danes suffered a 65-39 setback at Big Ten foe Rutgers on Sunday evening.

The nine points were a season-high for Stokes who shot 50% (3-6) from the floor and 3-5 from the line.

Junior Kumsal Aslan’s five points marked a career-high while sophomore Patricia Conroy notched five points in her return to the court.

UAlbany’s best performance came in the final 10 minutes. Guided by Aslan's personal-best five points, the Great Danes scored 17 points in the final quarter. Junior Alexi Schecter, senior Chyanna Canada and Kyara Frames added to the stat sheet as well.

After winning the opening tip, the Scarlet Knights scored on their first possession. Rutgers went up 6-0, scoring on its next three possessions. The Great Danes got on the board on their next possession when Forster converted one of her two free throws.

The Scarlet Knights shot just over 46% from the floor in the first quarter, opening the game on a 12-3 run. For the remainder of the quarter they outscored UAlbany 5-3, taking a 17-6 lead into the second. Forster scored five of the team’s six points in the opening frame.

The Great Danes scored a combined 16 points in the second and third quarter. The visitors were able to cut the deficit to eight, 19-11, with 6:44 to play in the second quarter but a late 9-0 run would give Rutgers a 29-13 advantage at the break.

Conroy made her first appearance of the season in the third quarter. The guard went 2-2 on the night and finished the contest with five points, one assist and one rebound in seven minutes played.

“Today’s game was good practice for us as we now move on to Monmouth on Wednesday,” said Mullen.  “Monmouth is a talented team and they have a lot of threats. We will learn from tonight and need to lock in on what we have to do to in order to stop their offense. For the most, part it’s about having two really good days of practice as we get ready for a tough Monmouth team.”

Next Up: The Great Danes continue road action with a non-conference tilt at Monmouth on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tip-off is slated to begin at 5 p.m.

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