THE STARTING FIVE1. The Game
It's the battle of the unbeatens as UAlbany visits Boston U. in America East Conference action.
2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 14-3 on the season with an unblemished 5-0 league record, after posting a 55-48 win over Hartford in overtime on Saturday. UAlbany has now won six straight, including five league games, and was defeating America East opponents by an average of 37.0 points before the overtime game against the Hawks. 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 48 steals, while also scoring at a team-best 13.5 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 8.7 caroms per game, while also chipping in with 9.1 points. Megan Craig and Lindsey Lowrie are also major contributors, adding 11.6 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.
3. Scouting Boston U.
Senior Chantell Alford collected her fifth America East Player of the Week honor of the season as she helped the Terriers (16-3, 6-0) extend their winning streak to 13 straight games with a pair of road victories. Boston U. bested Maine, 85-54, Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Orono, Maine, before visiting New Hampshire on Saturday, Jan. 19, to claim a 55-53 victory. BU's 13-game winning streak is the fourth longest streak in all of Division I. Alford, the two-time defending America East Player of the Year leads the league with 17.1 ppg and is tops in the conference with 3.0 3-point field goals per game. She went 8-of-16 from beyond the arc and surpassed former teammate Alex Young ('12) for the most 3-pointers made in program history. Alford now holds the school record with 220 career treys.
4. There's No Place Like Home
The Great Danes finally returned to the friendly confines of SEFCU Arena for three games 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.
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 23 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 22 points away from 1,000 points. Henry is also 6th in career rebounds (696) and is second in steals (277).