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WBB - Game 9 - OOC - vs Marist Red Foxes, Broadview Center, Albany, NY Saturday, December 9, 2023 2:00 PM

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Marist is a long-time powerhouse in women’s college hoop. They have, however, fallen on hard times recently. Yes, just 2-6 this year, with wins over a 2-6 Army team, 76-68, and a 4-5 Layfayette team, 84-76.  So they can score some points. Most recently though they lost to Drexel 51-36. So this is a winnable game. Hope this is the start of a 3 game HOME winning streak.

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Danes rally past Marist


By Pete Dougherty

Stephen Weaver/Special to the Times Union

Deja Evans of UAlbany has her shot blocked during a game against Marist on Saturday. The Danes picked it up in the fourth quarter to pull out a win.

ALBANY — Defense in basketball generally isn’t pretty, but it has become the calling card for the University at Albany women’s team, which gutted its way to another victory Saturday afternoon.

Trailing at halftime and after three quarters, UAlbany outscored Marist 19-6 in the fourth period to beat the Red Foxes 49-39 in a nonconference game at Broadview Center.


In winning their third straight, the Great Danes (7-2) held the opponent to fewer than 40 points for a second straight game. Their 51.3 points allowed per game ranks in the top 20 nationally.

“If they were giving out style points today,” coach Colleen Mullen said, “we received zero.”

The defensive numbers were impressive. UAlbany held Marist (2-7), which has lost six in a row, to 30 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Four of those were shot-clock violations.

Morgan Lee and Maeve Donnelly, the Foxes’ two 6-foot-5 players, were held scoreless until a meaningless bucket with 7.2 seconds to go.

“Our goals are usually defensively based,” said graduate forward Helene Haegerstrand. “Every game for us comes down to the defense. That’s our whole motto we work around, so keeping this team to 39 was a huge key for us.”

That became especially important because UAlbany, which was averaging 66.1 points per game, was having its own offensive struggles. After Zaria Shazer (10 points, 10 rebounds) scored in the post with 5:04 left to give Marist its last lead at 37-36, the Great Danes suddenly awakened.

The Danes went on a 13-0 run, which included seven straight points by Haegerstrand and four by senior Kayla Cooper, who had her second straight double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. After scoring, UAlbany used its full-court press, and the Foxes were trapped.

“We just wore them down,” Mullen said. “Our players are experienced. Kayla and Hellie (Haegerstrand) have been through a lot, and they know how to win. When the game was on the line, you could see the fire in Kayla’s eyes. You can’t coach that. That’s not me. That’s her fire and her intensity.

“Everybody else jumped on board, and she led us to that win.”

It was the lowest-scoring UAlbany game since last year’s America East championship game, which the Great Danes lost 38-36 at Vermont.

“At one point I just got confident, and my teammates had a lot of faith in me,” Cooper said. “That gave me a lot of energy.”

“Coach kept saying we were fine,” said Haegerstrand, who finished with 13 points. “We just needed to take a breath and get the (defensive) stops we needed. We knew we could defend them if we kept communicating, and we knew Kayla was on fire.”

UAlbany continues its three-game homestand Tuesday night against Dartmouth.

“This (7-2) record doesn’t matter,” Mullen said. “It’s not going to get us to our ultimate goal, to get to the NCAA Tournament. It needs to be able to challenge us, and this game challenged us. We were down. We had to come back. We had to execute down the stretch. All those things are teaching you and preparing you for the conference play.”

Notes: Graduate guard Fatima Lee did not dress for a second straight game for what Mullen said was a “coach’s decision.” … UAlbany had only nine available players, as freshman Hailee Ford sat out because of an illness.

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