UAlbany Women's Basketball Will Try to Extend Win Streak to Five at Canisius
THE STARTING FIVE1. The Game
UAlbany is visiting Buffalo in the ninth game of 2012 to take on Canisius. Canisius leads the series, 2-0, after posting a 64-60 win over the Great Danes last season at the SEFCU Arena. Ebone Henry paced UAlbany, recording her first double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, while also totaling four steals. Courtney VandeBovenkamp scored a season-high 14 points to lead Canisius to the comeback victory.
2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 6-2 on the season, after defeating La Salle, 75-36, on Wednesday. Center Megan Craig, who currently leads the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game, scored a career-high 27 points against Dartmouth, en route to earning her first America East Player of the Week honor last week. 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 21 steals, while also scoring at a 10.9 clip. Julie Forster chips in with 8.9 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game, while Lindsey Lowrie adds 8.5 points, after scoring a team-high 12 versus Siena.
3. Scouting Canisius
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 third 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. Youngsters on the Rise
Freshman Shereesha Richards scored 17 points, while also recording four rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block to lead the Great Danes over La Salle. The freshman forward has made her presence known so far this season, as she is averaging xx points per game, coming off the bench. She went 7-of-9 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line against La Salle.