Henry Records Double-Double to Lead UAlbany Women to a 67-50 Win Over LIU-Brooklyn
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senior Ebone Henry recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Lindsey Lowrie led all players with 18 points, as UAlbany defeated LIU-Brooklyn, 67-50, in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday evening at SEFCU Arena. The Great Danes improve to 1-1 on the young season.
UAlbany scored the first basket of the game on a layup by Sarah Royals and only relinquished the lead once throughout the entire game. LIU tied the game at 7-7 with 12:42 on the clock on a jumper by Sophie Bhasin but the Great Danes regained a four-point advantage with back-to-back baskets by Tammy Phillip and Henry with 11:33 left in the first half. Bhasin, who led the Blackbirds with 17 points in the game, hit consecutive shots, including a 3-pointer that gave LIU its only lead of the game, 12-11, with 9:45 to play.
The Great Danes built up a seven-point lead, 25-18, with just under four minutes in the first half, before LIU threatened, getting to within four after a trey by Krystal Wells. However, a long-range shot from Lowrie, followed by a jumper by Forster, gave UAlbany its biggest lead of the half, 30-21, with 36 seconds on the clock. Wells singlehandedly pulled the Blackbirds back to within six on three straight free throws, setting the halftime score at 30-24.
The teams exchanged baskets to start the second half, with UAlbany getting up by as many as eight twice in the early going before LIU cut it back. A layup by Megan Craig put the Great Danes ahead by eight, 40-32, with 13:39 to play, but Bhasin followed with another bucket to cut the deficit back to six for the Blackbirds. With 11:49 on the clock, Lowrie nailed one of her four 3-pointers, sparking a 7-2 run that put UAlbany on top by double digits for the first time, with a 49-38 score.
LIU cut the lead back to six one more time on a Wells basket, but the Great Danes embarked on a 13-0 run that spanned almost six minutes, capped by two free throws by Margarita Rosario with just under two minutes left to play. Fanny Cavallo ended the rally for the Blackbirds with a jumper, but freshman Taylor McVey grabbed a defensive rebound and then connected on two free throws at the opposite end of the court to keep the Great Danes up by 19, 67-48, with 34 seconds to play. Bhasin laid in her final points ten seconds later to set the final score.
UAlbany, which shot 44.1 percent (26-59) from the floor, got 12 points from Craig to have three players in double figures scoring. Henry added six steals and four assists, while Julie Forster recorded six points and pulled down nine caroms. The Great Danes totaled five blocks in the game, getting two from Forster in 35 minutes of action.
UAlbany will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 18, visiting Western Michigan in non-conference action.