Richards Scores Career-High 24 Points as UAlbany Remains Undefeated in Conference

Photo: Shereesha Richards (above) set a career-high 24 points against Vermont. 

BURLINGTON, VT. -- The University at Albany women’s basketball team rolled for their 14th straight conference victory with a 68-52 win at the University of Vermont on Sunday, Feb. 24. The Great Danes are now just two victories away from going undefeated in America East play for the first time in program history.  

In her first collegiate start, freshman forward Shereesha Richards took command for UAlbany. She set a career-high in points with 24 and added eight boards. Senior guard Lindsey Lowrie found her groove behind the arc hitting five three’s and scoring 19 points. She also added six steals. 

"Shereesha [Richards] did a good stepping up today," said head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. "We needed some 'x' factors in this game and I think she played that role today along with Lindsey [Lowrie]." 

UAlbany started the game on an 11-2 run. Richards scored seven points over the span. As the game continued, UAlbany (23-3; 14-0 AE) opened a lead at 19-6 with 9:13 left in the first.  Lowrie sunk a three to give the Great Danes a double-digit scoring margin.

Kayla Burchill looked to get the Catamounts back into the game, hitting a three to cut the deficit to eight, 19-11. However, Lowrie continued to hit from three-point land. Back-to-back three’s by the guard gave UAlbany a commanding 29-17 advantage.

Richards built on her strong performance with five straight points to end the half. The Great Danes went into the locker room with a 42-20 lead – tying their highest point total in a first half this season.  Richards and Lowrie combined for 28 points through 20 minutes.

Vermont (8-19; 5-9 AE) looked to make adjustments, opening the second half on a 6-0 run. Yet, just as the crowd began to get back into the game, Lowrie again quieted them. She swished her fourth three of the game and put UAlbany back up by 19, 45-26. After two free-throw makes by Richards with 13:44 to go, the Catamounts would again go down by 20-plus.

Vermont looked for one more run to try and cut down the UAlbany lead. They went on an 8-2 run to close the gap to 59-43 with 6:20 left.  That would be the closest they’d come. Lowrie landed her fifth three to put the Great Danes up, 67-45.

Behind Richards and Lowrie, junior forward Julie Forster scored 12 points. The trio combined for 55 points.  The Great Danes only committed 14 turnovers to Vermont’s 25. They shot 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field.

 UAlbany will next travel to Durham, N.H. to face New Hampshire on Wednesday, Feb. 27.  Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. inside Lundholm Gym.