THE STARTING FIVE1. The Game
UAlbany is visiting Dover, Del. in the tenth game of 2012 to take on Delaware State. This is the first meeting between the two teams.
2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 7-2 on the season, after defeating Canisius, 65-43, last Saturday. UAlbany is riding a five-game win streak into this game, and have beat the last five opponents by an average of 25.2 points.Center Megan Craig, who currently leads the team in scoring with 12.2 points per game, scored a career-high 27 points against Dartmouth, en route to earning her first America East Player of the Week honor two weeks ago. Two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Ebone Henry has continued to show why she has earned that title, as she leads the Great Danes with 25 steals, while also scoring at a 10.8 clip. Julie Forster chips in with 9.4 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game, while Lindsey Lowrie adds 9.9 points, after scoring 21 points on seven 3-pointers at Canisius.
3. Scouting Delaware State
The Lady Hornets (2-5) have been idle since a 55-42 loss to NJIT in Newark, N.J., last Saturday. Delaware State is 2-2 at home this season. Sophomore Tierra Hawkins is tops on the team and fourth in the MEAC in scoring at 18.9 points per game. Hawkins has scored in double figures in six of the Lady Hornets' seven games, including a career-high 28 points in two contests. She's also tied for eighth in the MEAC in rebounding (7.7 pg) and sixth in field goal percentage (.471).
4. Road Warriors
Tonight's game is the fourth in a seven-game road stretch for the Great Danes that spans from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. Over the course of the month and a half, UAlbany will travel over 8,260 miles, visiting Philadelphia, Buffalo, Dover, Del., Long Beach, Calif., Baltimore, and Binghamton.
5. Youngsters on the Rise
Freshman Shereesha Richards scored 17 points, while also recording four rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block to lead the Great Danes over La Salle. The freshman forward has made her presence known so far this season, as she is averaging 5.8 points per game, coming off the bench. She went 7-of-9 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line against La Salle, and followed up with four points against Canisius, en route to earning the America East Rookie of the Week award.