UAlbany Women Host New Hampshire for Commitment to Education Day on ESPN3

THE STARTING FIVE

 

1. The Game
UAlbany hosts America East Conference rival New Hampshire in the annual Commitment to Education Day. The Great Danes will welcome over 1,100 local elementary school students to SEFCU Arena to watch the matchup against the Wildcats.

2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 12-3 on the season, after posting a 71-39 win over Maine on Saturday. UAlbany has now won four straight, and is defeating America East opponents by an average of 37.0 points. Two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Ebone Henry has continued to show why she has earned that title, as she has recorded 39 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 is pulling down a team-best 9.1 caroms per game, while also chipping in with 9.2 points after a double-double against Maine. Megan Craig and Lindsey Lowrie are also major contributors, adding 12.1 and 9.8 ppg, respectively.

3. Scouting New Hampshire

UNH is coming off its first America East conference victory of the season, a 63-62 win against UMBC at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 9. Morgan Frame led the Wildcats with season highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12) to record her second double-double of the year, en route to earning Player of the Week honors. Frame shot 72.7% (8-for-11) from the floor in the game and was also credited with two assists to garner the team's America East Player of the Game recognition.

4. There's No Place Like Home

The Great Danes finally returned to the friendly confines of SEFCU Arena after eight straight road games 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. This is only UAlbany's sixth home game of the season.

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 45 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 39 points away from 1,000 points. Henry is also 6th in career rebounds (685) and  3rd in steals (267).