ALBANY, N.Y. – Winners of eight straight, the University at Albany women’s basketball team will visit preseason conference favorite New Hampshire on Saturday in the team’s first game following their bye.
UAlbany (19-3, 8-1 AE) played nine games in January over 25 days before receiving their bye on Wednesday. After losing to Hartford in the conference opener on January 3, the Great Danes rolled off eight victories, including the first meeting with the Wildcats at SEFCU Arena on January 6.
The Great Danes haven’t played on the road since January 21 at UMBC when they defeated the Retrievers 78-75. Most recently, UAlbany hosted Stony Brook and defeated the Seawolves 64-58.
New Hampshire has lost three straight games after starting the conference schedule 5-1. They last lost at Hartford 85-49. The Wildcats have lost their last two home games.
UAlbany leads the America East by one game over second place Maine, against whom the Danes currently hold a head-to-head tiebreaker with one meeting remaining between the teams. New Hampshire, who is the defending America East regular season champion, has dropped to fifth place after its latest skid.
Following the game against the Wildcats, UAlbany will have a quick turnaround before hosting UMass Lowell on Monday, February 5.
THE OUTLOOK: NEW HAMPSHIRE (14-8, 5-4 AE) │ Saturday, February 3, 1:00 p.m. │ Durham, N.H.
Last we met: W, 66-53, January 6, 2018, Albany, N.Y. Tale of the Tape:
New Hampshire is 7-2 at home this season
UAlbany is 8-2 on the road
Three Wildcats average double-figure scoring
Against common opponents, UAlbany is 8-1 and New Hampshire is 7-4
UAlbany leads the America East in scoring offense (69.1 ppg)
New Hampshire ranks second in scoring defense (56.4 ppg)
Momentum: UAlbany is 16-2 this season following a win
Weekend Warriors: UAlbany is 9-0 on Saturday and Sunday
Frontrunning: UAlbany is 15-0 when holding a halftime lead
Series History: UAlbany leads 21-15 2016-17 Record: 26-6, (15-1 AE); 1st place America East, America East semifinalist, WNIT First Round Top Offensive Player: Carlie Pogue, Sr., C, (14.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg)