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WBB - Game Three: Nov 16 (Wed) 6:00 PM Alumni Hall Annapolis, Md.

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From today's printed edition of the Times Union:



Danes now 3-0 with win vs. Navy


By Abigail Rubel

The University at Albany women’s basketball team is off to its first 3-0 start since 2015 after a 64-50 win at Navy on Wednesday night.

The start is even more impressive considering that the Great Danes have been without four key players — Helene Haegerstrand, Kayla Cooper, Morgan Haney and Lucia Decortes — in each game.

“It’s amazing, and I’m so proud of these players. Despite all the adversity of not having a home gym, we can’t even practice where we play, we’ve got injuries, we’re going on the road for all of these games, I just can’t tell you how proud I am,” coach Colleen Mullen said.

The Great Danes took the lead early and stayed ahead the whole way, never allowing Navy (1-2) back within single digits.

Fifth-year guard Ellen Hahne continued to lead UAlbany in scoring with 19 points, going 11-for-13 from the foul line. Senior guard Fatima Lee added 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting, and senior guard Grace Heeps had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Freshmen Taylor Moffat, Marie Sepp and Karyn Sanford all played, with Sanford scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting.

“It was so exciting,” Mullen said. “She needed it for her confidence. Such valuable minutes for her, and for Marie and Taylor.”

Bethlehem’s Maren Louridas led the Midshipmen with 16 points and added five rebounds.

The Great Danes shot 21-for-52 (40 percent); Navy shot 20-for-59 (34 percent). Eighteen of UAlbany’s points came from free throws on 81.8 percent shooting, while the Mids were 5-for-6. Freshman forward Gia Pissot and sophomore forward Savanna Lewis both had four fouls, and 6-foot-4 center Kate Samson fouled out.

The Great Danes pulled ahead with a 7-0 run halfway through the first period to go up 9-2, with four points coming from senior forward Tani-ya Hanner, plus a 3-pointer from Lee. Hahne and sophomore guard Lilly Phillips combined for a 6-0 run to end the first quarter with the Great Danes leading 17-6.

The Mids went nearly four minutes in the second quarter without a basket before freshman forward Gia Pissott finally laid one in to make it 21-8. At halftime, the Midshipmen trailed by 33-20.

“We kind of settled in and we pushed the lead,” Mullen said. “When we really started moving the ball side-to-side, we had some really good luck getting high-percentage shots. Defensively, in the first quarter we did tremendously. And then in the second quarter, their post player got in a little foul trouble, and they started spreading us out a little bit more.”

The Great Danes built their lead to 21 points with an 8-0 run to start the third quarter and held Navy scoreless until senior guard Mimi Schrader’s 3-pointer, Navy’s first of the game, with 2:55 left in the period.

The Mids went on an 8-0 run of their own in the final minutes of the game, with sophomore Savanna Lewis hitting a jump shot in the paint and Louridas finishing it with a 3, but couldn’t get back within single digits.

“Those shots they missed, they really hit in the fourth quarter, so luckily we were able to hold them off,” Mullen said. “I was really just proud of how we stayed together.”

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