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WBB Game 22 / Conference Game 8 Jan 25 (Wed) 7:00 PM Troy, N.Y. McDonough Sports Complex - HVCC

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Rested and recharged after break


By Abigail Rubel


University at Albany women’s junior guard Morgan Haney said the weekend off was well-timed to give the Great Danes an opportunity to recover both physically and mentally. Haney averages 8.9 points per game. Jim Franco / Times Union

ALBANY — The University at Albany women’s basketball team put its weekend off to good use.

“We definitely needed this time to work on ourselves and recharge,” junior guard Kayla Cooper said.

“I think it was great timing, especially with classes starting again,” redshirt junior guard Morgan Haney said. “Having that mental health break, kind of, and then just good for our bodies too.”

The Great Danes (13-8, 7-0 America East) have stayed largely healthy in conference play after starting the season missing four of their top five scorers from last season.

That hasn’t been the case for their next opponent, the University of New Hampshire, which visits UAlbany at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson Valley Community College. The Wildcats (5-13, 0-6) have been short-handed for much of the season and had to postpone two games due to COVID-19 protocols within the program.

UNH coach Kelsey Hogan said she expects to have eight players available for Wednesday’s game.

The Wildcats played with seven the last time the two teams met, a dominant 71-46 win for the Great Danes.

“We’re a lot different team now than we were then, we’ve improved, and I can certainly say that about New Hampshire. They’re not the team that we played on January 1st. They’ve gotten better,” UAlbany coach Colleen Mullen said.

Though they’re still searching for their first conference win, the Wildcats took UMBC to overtime in their last game, scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter. Guard Avery O’Connor, one of six freshmen, leads the team with 13 points per game, followed by senior guard Brooke Kane with 11.8. O’Connor and Kane both average 5.9 rebounds per game.

UNH also has two new faces in freshmen Aina Roque Sucarrats and Lucia Melero Sabat, who joined the team in January.

“We’re still trying to prove something in the conference, so for us it’s going into every game trying to compete our best and give our best foot forward,” Hogan said.

The Great Danes are more confident now then they were last time they saw the Wildcats in the second game of the conference schedule, according to Haney. It was also their second game in which the core of Haney (8.9 points per game), Cooper (13 ppg), senior forward Helene Haegerstrand (14.9 ppg) and Ellen Hahne (13.1 ppg) were all available.

“We’ve had more time to build chemistry, just having some players kind of return back, we were still just trying to figure it out,” Haney said.

The Great Danes have said throughout the season that they need to look at every game as if it’s the championship, and it’s no different now that they’re starting to see teams a second time.

“We want to have the same intensity every time, and we’re starting to play these teams the second time and they’re definitely going to have a different game plan, so we just have to keep playing hard,” Cooper said.

NOTE: Cooper earned her first Player of the Week honor of the season Monday after recording a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Binghamton.

UAlbany vs. UNH

■› When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

■› Where: McDonough Sports Complex, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy

■› Stream: ESPN+

▶› Abigail.Rubel@timesunion.com @abigail_rubel

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From the NWS for today:


Snow, mainly after 1pm. High near 34. Light east wind becoming southeast 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Rain and snow before midnight, then a chance of rain between midnight and 1am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 1am. Low around 30. Southeast wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
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In other America East WBB action:

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 Women's Basketball
  Away Home Result Location Links
Lowell, Mass. (Conf.) Box Score
Burlington, VT (Conf.) Box Score
Baltimore, MD (Conf.) Box Score Full Game Archive
Troy, N.Y. (Conf.) Box Score Full Game Archive
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A quick look at last night’s box score shows: Haegerstrand a game high 19. Cooper close to another double-double with 14 and 9. Hahne emerges from a recent scoring slump with 11 and 2 big 3’s in the 2cd half. Heeps had 12 on 4 3’s, some huge ones in the 2cd half, and a game high 7 assists. She has a knack for hitting big shots at crucial moments. The team had a plus 10 rebounding and a plus 11 on FT’s.

Although 9 played and 7 scored, the bench scored just 4 points. But, they won, in large part because they fully expect to win, because of what they accomplished last year and so far this year. That’s a good feeling for a team to have. Their program has been built, their sense of teamwork is very evident when you watch them play. And they are set up nicely to be good again next year. This is something our men’s coach has to do and do quickly. Hopefully he will but I have my doubts.

Would love to go to Sat’s. big game at Maine, but can’t. Maine’s POY of last year, Anne Simon, got hurt recently at Binghamton. Left the game and did not return, and DNP last night in their win vs. UML. We’ll see if she plays on Sat. Regardless, UA will have to stop or contain their sophomore star Adrianna Smith, averaging, I think, over 20 a game. I’ll be watching on TV, screaming and yelling as always. GO LADY DANES!!


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I was curious because the announcers said they were being out-rebounded, so I took a look at the play by play for quarter 4. The Danes out-rebounded UNH 15-4 in the last

quarter. That's how you close a game out!

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