UAlbany WBB Defends its Winning Streaks, Hosts UMass Lowell

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Great Danes, riding a 10-game winning streak and DI-leading 32-game conference winning streak, host America East newcomer UMass Lowell for a 7 p.m. game at SEFCU Arena on Tuesday, February 4th.

Tickets for the game are $10 for chairback seats, $5 for reserved adult seating and $2 for kids and seniors.  Faculty and staff may get a ticket free with a ticket purchase, and students enter free with a university ID.

UAlbany defeated Vermont 69-52 in the Big Purple Growl on February 1st to stay undefeated and first place in league play at 9-0 and go to 19-3 overall.  UMass Lowell, in its first year in Division I, moved to seventh place in the conference after defeating Binghamton on the road 65-54 on Thursday, coming into this game at 3-17 overall and 2-7 in the America East.

Dating back to the Division II days, UMass Lowell leads the overall series with UAlbany 8-3.  UAlbany won the first Division I meeting with a 87-50 win at Lowell on January 16th.

UAlbany has been second to none in the America East the last three years, winning its last 32 conference games, the longest current conference winning streak in Division I.   Its last league loss came January 28th, 2012, a 62-55 loss to Hartford.

Shereesha Richards, a sophomore, has scored 474 points through the team’s first 22 games, setting a new UAlbany single season scoring record.  Averaging 21.5 points a game, she surpassed the previous program record with 15 points against Vermont on February 1st.   Megan Craig, who has scored a combined 40 points her last two games, has risen to 12th in the America East in scoring at 11.5 points a game and has scored in her last 50 games.  Sarah Royals stands first in the America East at 4.8 assists a game and tied for seventh at 12.2 points a contest.

UMass Lowell, playing under third-year head coach Sarah Behn, has come into the league with pressure, leading the America East in steals per game and turnover margin.  This game finishes a two-game road trip in New York for UMass Lowell, playing its next three games at home.  Three of the top-15 scorers in the America East play for the River Hawks.  Junior guard Shannon Samuels stands third in the conference in points per game at 13.8 and assists at 3.8.  Junior Jasmine McRoy is sixth in the league with 12.5 points a game, while sophomore forward Lindsay Doucette is 13th at 11 points a game and fourth in the conference with 7.2 boards a game, shooting 44.2% from the field.



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