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Craig Scores 22, Richards Sets UAlbany Single Season Scoring Record in 69-52 Win over Vermont

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Craig Scores 22, Richards Sets UAlbany Single Season Scoring Record in 69-52 Win over Vermont

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Powered by 38 points in the paint, UAlbany WBB, led by 22 points from Megan Craig, kicked off the Big Purple Growl with a 69-52 victory over Vermont on Saturday night.

“We wanted to keep fighting and play hard,” said Craig. “You could really feel the atmosphere and feed off the crowd.”

“Megan [Craig] has had two good games in a row,” added UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson.  “She fought back well after she was getting pushed a bunch.”

In addition, with 15 points for UAlbany (19-3, 9-0 AE), Shereesha Richards surpassed Ebone Henry’s single season scoring record with the program, standing with 474 points this season.  She added seven boards and four steals.

“It is a great feeling to pass the milestone and set the record,” said Richards. “We are happy to stay undefeated in-conference, but are things we can improve on.”

“It is pretty amazing that she is just a sophomore, and she has scored that much this season,” said Abrahamson-Henderson.

Tammy Phillip also had a double digit scoring game with 15 points and six boards.

For Vermont (6-16, 3-6 AE), Kylie Butler led the Catamounts with 14 points and three steals.

Vermont got off to a quick start with a Kylie Atwood three and Gracia Hutson layup.  After a pair of Phillip free throws, Craig and Margarita Rosario hit baskets from near the net to pull UAlbany ahead 11-7.

Following a Sam Simononis three, a Rosario layup sparked a 13-3 run, helped by a pair of Sarah Royals layups, to push forward 24-13.

UAlbany’s zone defense held Vermont to the perimeter, while Vermont looked to bunch the paint.  The two sides went back and forth exchanging points, with UAlbany keeping a double digit advantage.  UAlbany did not allow a field goal from the 8:02 mark to the 2:14 mark, with Vermont only getting points on the free throw line.

UAlbany looked to Craig and Richards, as Craig took control in the middle with a couple more layups and free throws.  She blocked a shot near the base line towards the end of the half as neither side got a basket in the final couple of minutes.  The Great Danes took a 37-24 lead into the break.

Into the second half, a couple of baskets bookmarked by Phillip made a 6-0 run to build the UAlbany lead to 43-24.  Using the three from Kristina White and Butler, Vermont crept closer 45-32 with 15:33 to go.

The Great Danes countered, earning a 7-0 run, capped by an Erin Coughlin steal which found a running Royals near the basket, inducing a Vermont timeout and making the score 52-32 with 12 minutes remaining.

Both teams went back-and-forth as UAlbany did not add much on its lead and Vermont could not gain ground.  A couple of Eisler threes pulled Vermont to 61-47 UAlbany with just over five minutes left.  But the Great Danes struck back with Phillip earning a pair of layups in a row, follow by a Craig layup to seal the game.

With 36 seconds left, Richards was fouled and sent to the free throw line.  Hitting both her free throws, she earned her 15th point to set a new UAlbany single season scoring record.  It also set the eventual final score 69-52.

UAlbany will stay home for a Tuesday game, hosting UMass Lowell at SEFCU Arena on February 4th at 7 p.m.

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