The Starting Five
1. The Game
UAlbany plays Hartford in its third straight home game. Hartford holds a commanding 20-7 advantage in the all-time series, however, UAlbany has made strides in the last few seasons. The Great Danes defeated the Hawks in Hartford in 2010-11, Coach Abe's first season at the helm, ending a 13-game losing streak. The teams split the series last season, with each team winning on the road.
2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 13-3 on the season, after posting a 78-43 defeat of New Hampshire on Wednesday. UAlbany has now won five straight, including four league games, 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 a team-high 42 steals, while also scoring at a team-best 14.0 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, is pulling down a team-best 8.9 caroms per game, while also chipping in with 9.1 points. Megan Craig and Lindsey Lowrie are also major contributors, adding 11.6 and 10.2 ppg, respectively.
3. Scouting Hartford
Redshirt Freshman Katie Roth scored 12 points in a four minute span, including 10 consecutive Hartford points, all leading to a come from behind 51-44 victory over UMBC. Roth finished with 16 points, joined in double figures by sophomore Amber Bepko who chipped in 11 in her return to the hardwood after injury. Defensively, the Hawks forced UMBC into 16 turnovers and held the Retrievers to 33.3 percent shooting (16-of-48). Alex Hall led Hartford to 11 total steals with a career-high five.
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 fifth 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 29 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 31 points away from 1,000 points. Henry is also 6th in career rebounds (684) and is tied for second in steals (271).