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A Dawn of a New Era: Women's Basketball Opens Season at #22 USF

UAlbany Sports Information   11-08-2018

Friday, Nov. 9 at #22 USF

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TAMPA, Fla. – On May 14, 2018 Colleen Mullen was named the 12th head coach in UAlbany Women’s basketball history, as this year’s Great Danes look to build upon the program’s wealthy legacy.

“This is going to be a competitive and fun season,” said Mullen. “We have some new coaches and there are going to be changes when it comes to personnel and style of play. It is exciting knowing that after months of practicing, come Friday, we will be on the court playing against someone other than ourselves.”

The Great Danes open their season at No. 22 South Florida on Friday, November 9. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Fla. Fans can listen to the game HERE, on iHeart Radio.

“South Florida is a great program,” commented Mullen. “They are a NCAA Tournament team that is ranked in the top-25, so you know there will be a great atmosphere in the arena on Friday night."

Last season, the Great Danes posted a 24-8 overall clip, marking the program’s seventh consecutive year with 20-plus wins. Their 24 wins earned the program it’s seventh postseason appearance with a bid to the WNIT Tournament.

"I know a lot of times UAlbany, in the past, has gotten everybody’s best game because UAlbany has the ‘X’ on their backs. Knowing that I told the players, ‘you created this and this is your legacy, so we can’t just be satisfied. We have to continue to raise the bar.”

LOOKING AT ALBANY

For the third consecutive years, the Great Danes play their season opener against an opponent ranked in the top-25.

 

A WIN WOULD...

A win against the Bulls would mark the first for the Great Danes in the all-time series. It would also be team’s first win against a ranked opponents since the 2015-16 season when UAlbany defeated #20 Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Last season, the Great Danes posted a 24-8 overall clip, marking the program’s seventh consecutive year with 20-plus wins. In league play, UAlbany finished 12-4 to earn second place in the America East Regular-Season standings.

 

LOOKING AT UALBANY

The Great Danes head into the 2018-19 having lost 82.4% of their scoring from a season ago. Senior Heather Forster, who averaged, 4.6 points and 4.3 rebounds last year, is the team’s top returner. Her 27 blocks ranked second on the team last year while her 44 steals put her fourth on the team. Sophomore Kyara Frames chipped in with 3.1 points and 46 assists and will look to run the ball handling duties along with Khepera Stokes who back in the lineup after sitting out the 2017-18 season.

 

SCOUTING USF

The Bulls opened their season with a 71-47 rout of Ohio State on Tuesday. Three players scored in dou­ble-figures led by two-time All-American Kitija Laksa’s

17 points and five rebounds. Freshman Beatriz Jordao and Sydni Harvey added 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the win.

 

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN

Senior Heather Forster returns as the team’s lone starter from a season ago. Forster, who has been a part of two America East Tournament Championships and a member of the program’s first NCAA Tournament win in 2015-16, will captain the squad that features four players that will make their collegiate debut in a Great Dane uniform.

OUT OF THE GATE

UAlbany has registered a 24-29 record in season openers since 1964. This is the second consecutive season the Great Danes open on the road against a top-25 team. UAlbany fell to No.11 Maryland 70-46 in 2017.

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