Great Danes Welcome Cornell to SEFCU Arena
ALBANY, N.Y. – Following a big opening night win, the UAlbany women’s basketball team looks to keep things rolling as Cornell comes to town. The Great Danes host the Big Red on Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. for their International Students Game.
- The Great Danes currently have four foreign players on the roster. Two Great Danes hail from Sweden: redshirt-senior Amanda Kantzy and freshman Helene Haegerstrand. Senior Kumsal Aslan is from Turkey and Lucia Decortes is from Italy.
Lay Up Lines
- The Great Danes start the season 1-0 following a thrilling 82-78 overtime win against Columbia on Tuesday. Alexi Schecter led the way with a career-high 31 points, shooting 13-15 from the floor, and pulling down 11 rebounds for her second career double-double.
- Four Great Danes scored in double-digits: Schecter (31), Kyara Frames (17), Morgan Haney (14) and Amanda Kantzy (10).
A Win Would…
- Be the Great Danes second in a row.
- Give the UAlbany a 2-0 record against Ivy League opponents this season.
- Cornell leads the all-time series 6-1, dating back to the 1999-00 season.
- This is the second meeting between the two programs since Head Coach Colleen Mullen arrived at UAlbany.
- The two teams met last season with the Big Red coming out on top, 48-34, in Ithaca, N.Y.
- Cornell won the first five match-ups between the two schools, before UAlbany picked up its first-ever victory over the Big Red during the 2009-10 campaign.
- The Great Danes are 13-17 all-time against current members of the Ivy League.
Two Rhodes Crossing
- UAlbany Head Coach Colleen Mullen and Cornell Head Coach Dayna Smith have a connection dating back to Mullen’s playing days at URI.
- Smith served as the assistant coach of the Rams in 1999, during Mullen’s freshman season. Smith played an intricate role in recruiting Mullen to URI.
- Cornell travels to UAlbany for its 2019-20 season opener.
- The Big Red finished the season with a 12-14 overall record and a 6-8 clip in the Ivy League.
- Cornell returns all five starters and nine letter winners from a year ago, including its top scorer (16.1 ppg) and rebounder (7.9 rpg) in Laura Bagwell-Katalinich. Samantha Widmann also returns after finishing the 2018-19 season second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game.
- Cornell was picked to finished fifth in the Ivy League this season.
Home Sweet Home
- The Great Danes are 1-0 in friendly confines this season.
- UAlbany is 188-118 all-time in SEFCU Arena.
- Senior Alexi Schecter established a new career high with 31 points against Columbia (Nov. 5). The Lowell, Mass. native shot 13-15 from the floor and 5-7 from the free throw line. She is the first Great Dane to score 30-plus points in a game since Jessica Féquière scored 35 points against Maine during the 2017-18 season.