On the road to victory
By Celia Balf
The University at Albany Great Danes versus the Stony Brook Seawolves is always a battle worth the hype. The Peter Hooley shot from last year is sure to ring a bell. The Great Danes-Seawolves rivalry is one that dates back years. This year the football teams made their conference game into a competition for the “Golden Apple,” another effort to feed this rivalry and distinguish which school is better at sports. Since it’s basketball season, the rivalry is now as fresh as Coach Abe’s suit each game.
UAlbany Women’s Team > Stony Brook Women’s Team
On Thursday night, UAlbany’s women’s basketball team continued their winning streak to seven games while halting Stony Brook’s winning streak in a 73-54 win at SEFCU Arena. Stony Brook was on a nine game winning streak going into the game against UAlbany only to be completely shut down by Imani Tate’s 29 points and a standout defensive effort by the Great Danes. Richard’s surpassed her milestone of being the highest scoring women’s basketball player at UAlbany and become the highest scoring women’s basketball player in the Capital Region. Richards (16 pts, 10 rbs) and Saunders (10 pts, 13 assists) each earned double–doubles last night.
Before the game began Stony Brook had few statistics over UAlbany, but one they did have was rebounding. Stony Brook’s percentage was 41.4 percent and UAlbany’s was 37.8 percent – the Great Danes were able to out–rebound Stony Brook 38–22.
For Coach Abe, and any great coach, it is the defense that wins games. “Everyone will talk about the offense, we talk about defense, that was the game plan,” she said.
UAlbany held Stony Brook’s key player Brittany Snow to 16 points. The UAlbany women’s basketball team will face Stony Brook again on Feb. 17 and, if one thing is certain, the atmosphere will be tense.
UAlbany Men’s Team < Stony Brook Men’s Team
The UAlbany men’s basketball team faced Stony Brook last year in the America East Championship game, where the game arguably was in Stony Brook’s favor, yet Hooley’s shot sunk in, and the rest is history. History, however until this past Friday night where Stony Brook beat the Great Danes 69-63 in an emotional and close game up until the final minute. Stony Brook had been playing incredibly well up until this game, and remains undefeated in conference (6-0) and (14-4 overall.) This is the UAlbany men’s team second loss in conference. They fell to Maine earlier this month. This game had Coach Brown and his team pumped up and ready to go. Hooley finally got his pep back in his step and was scoring big baskets in the games leading up to Stony Brook.
Unfortunately for the Danes, Jameel Warney and the Seawolves are pretty impressive and unbeatable right now. When all three of UAlbany’s key perimeter players are on (Peter Hooley, Ray Sanders and Evan Singletary) they are hard to beat, even Brown says so, however even when all three had a double-digit game like they did on Friday (Hooley, 13, Sanders, 14 and Singletary, 14) Stony Brook still found a way. UAlbany will host UMASS Lowell (7-12, 3-3 AE) on Wednesday night in SEFCU Arena where they will try to get back on track and prepare to face Stony Brook again on Feb. 17, except this time with the comfort of their home court.