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Great Danes Welcome Cornell to SEFCU Arena

UAlbany Sports Information   11-07-2019

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.


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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.


The Series

  • 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.


The Opponent

  • 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.


30 Rock

  • 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.




Women's Basketball Drops Game 2 to Cornell, 71-51
November 08, 2019 Basketball - W
Women's Basketball Drops Game 2 to Cornell, 71-51
Alexi Schecter Drops 31 on Columbia, Danes win, 82-78 in OT
November 05, 2019 Basketball - W
Alexi Schecter Drops 31 on Columbia, Danes win, 82-78 in OT