Great Danes Head to Binghamton to Continue America East Conference Play


THE STARTING FIVE

1. The Game
UAlbany is traveling to Vestal, N.Y. for the second America East Conference game of the season, taking on the Binghamton Bearcats at the Events Center. The two teams met three times last season, and the Great Danes swept the Bearcats, winning both regular-season contests and an America East Tournament semifinal game. However, UAlbany just squeeked out a 37-36 victory the last time the two squads met in Vestal.

2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 10-3 on the season, after posting an 87-33 drubbing on UMBC in the America East opener. UAlbany was riding a six-game win streak heading into the Long Beach Tournament, and  had beaten those six opponents by an average of 24.7 points before falling in overtime to Sam Houston State. Two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Ebone Henry has continued to show why she has earned that title, as she has recorded 34 steals, while also scoring at a team-best 13.9 clip. Henry scored a career-high 29 points in the loss to Sam Houston Julie Forster, who broke the career rebounding record against Sam Houston and became the first player in school history to record 1,000 boards, and is pulling down a team-best 9.1 caroms per game, while also chipping in with 9.2 points. Megan Craig and Lindsey Lowrie are also major contributors, adding 11.8 and 9.9 ppg, respectively.

3. Scouting Binghamton
Binghamton put together its second victory of the season this past Wednesday, defeating Hartford, 46-44, at home. The Bearcats' hard-nosed defense allowed just 26.8 percent shooting from the field (15-of-56). Junior guard Jasbriell Swain had an all-around terrific performance tallying eight points, six assists, three steals and a season-high 16 rebounds in the victory

4. Road Warriors
Tonight's game is the last of an eight-game road stretch for the Great Danes that spanned from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. Over the course of the month and a half, UAlbany travelled over 8,260 miles, visiting Philadelphia, Buffalo, Dover, Del., Long Beach, Calif., Baltimore, and Binghamton.

5. Best in the Books
The senior duo of Ebone Henry and Julie Forster have made indelible marks on the UAlbany women's basketball program. Henry is on track to become the all-time leading scorer in school history, needing just 73 points to overtake a record that has stood for 27 years. With nine boards against UMBC, Forster became the first player in program history to record 1,000 rebounds. Forster is also just 57 points away from 1,000, while Henry is also 6th in career rebounds (673) and  3rd in steals (262).