THE STARTING FIVE1. The Game
UAlbany finally returns home for the first time since November 28, hosting Maine in the third America East Conference game of the season. The programs have meet 25 times prior, with Maine leading the all-time series, 16-9. However, UAlbany has won the last five meetings with the Black Bears.
2. Scouting UAlbany
The Great Danes stand at 11-3 on the season, after posting a 72-47 defeat of Binghamton last Saturday. UAlbany, which posted a six-game win streak earlier this season, has now won three straight, including two league games, defeating America East opponents by an average of 39.5 points. Two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year Ebone Henry has continued to show why she has earned that title, as she has recorded 37 steals, while also scoring at a team-best 14.0 clip. Henry scored a career-high 29 points in the loss to Sam Houston. Julie Forster, who broke the career rebounding record against Sam Houston and became the first player in school history to record 1,000 boards, and is pulling down a team-best 8.9 caroms per game, while also chipping in with 9.1 points. Megan Craig and Lindsey Lowrie are also major contributors, adding 12.1 and 9.6 ppg, respectively.
3. Scouting Maine
Maine is currently in the midst of an 11-game losing skid after opening the America East slate with losses to UMBC (54-50) and Hartford (52-37). Junior guard Ashleigh Roberts leads the Black Bears in scoring with 9.9 points per game on 41.3-percent shooting, to go along with 4.7 rebounds. Danielle Walczak is chipping in 9.6 points, while also grabbing 4.6 boards. Freshman Liz Wood is one of the top rookies in the conference, scoring at a 6.5 clip while also grabbing a team-high 5.7 rebonds.
4. There's No Place Like Home
The Great Danes finally return to the friendly confines of SEFCU Arena after eight straight road games that spanned from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. Over the course of the month and a half, UAlbany travelled over 8,260 miles, visiting Philadelphia, Buffalo, Dover, Del., Long Beach, Calif., Baltimore, and Binghamton. This is only UAlbany's fifth home game of the season.
5. Best in the Books
The senior duo of Ebone Henry and Julie Forster have made indelible marks on the UAlbany women's basketball program. Henry is on track to become the all-time leading scorer in school history, needing just 57 points to overtake a record that has stood for 27 years. With nine boards against UMBC, Forster became the first player in program history to record 1,000 rebounds. Forster is also just 49 points away from 1,000 points. Henry is also 6th in career rebounds (681) and 3rd in steals (265).