Women's Basketball Looks to Win Fourth Straight With Non-Conference Tilt at La Salle
THE STARTING FIVE1. The Game
UAlbany is visiting La Salle in the eighth game of 2012. La Salle leads the series, 2-1, but UAlbany won the last meeting between the two teams last season. Julie Forster scored a career-high 26 points and tied a career-best with 20 rebounds to lead UAlbany to an 81-76 victory last season. La Salle’s last victory in the series came in 2007.
2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 5-2 on the season, after defeating crosstown-rival Siena, 65-48, on Saturday. Center Megan Craig, who currently leads the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game, scored a career-high 27 points against Dartmouth, en route to earning her first America East Player of the Week honor. Two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Ebone Henry has continued to show why she has earned that title, as she leads the Great Danes with 19 steals, while also scoring at a 9.9 clip. Julie Forster chips in with 9.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game, while Lindsey Lowrie adds 9.3 points, after scoring a team-high 12 versus Siena.
3. Scouting La Salle
Brittany Wilson and Shanel Harrison both recorded double-doubles in a 65-56 loss at Penn on Friday night. Wilson, who recorded her sixth 20+ point game with a game-high 24 points, is averaging a team-high 21.5 ppg, and is also pulling down a team-best 7.8 rpg. Harrison is second on the squad, scoring at an 8.6 ppg clip, while Ebonee Jones adds 7.8 ppg. The Explorers were picked to finish ninth in the 16-team Atlantic 10 this season
4. Road Warriors
Tonight’s game is the second in a seven-game road stretch for the Great Danes that spans from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. Over the course of the month and a half, UAlbany will travel over 8,260 miles, visiting Philadelphia, Buffalo, Dover, Del., Long Beach, Calif., Baltimore, and Binghamton.
5. Great Dane Captains
UAlbany has four captains this season - seniors Ebone Henry, Julie Forster, Lindsey Lowrie and Keyana Williams. This group of student-athletes has been crucial in the turnaround of the Great Dane program, and will exhibit great leadership on and off the court.