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UAlbany Holds Binghamton to Seven Field Goals, Wins 66-36

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UAlbany Holds Binghamton to Seven Field Goals, Wins 66-36

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – UAlbany allowed an America East season-low seven field goals to Binghamton, dominating on the road for a 66-36 victory on Monday night.

“Overall, it was a great team defensive effort, holding them down to what we made our goal today,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “Everyone came off the bench and contributed, especially Imani Tate and Cassandra Edwards, who stepped up when our post players got into foul trouble.”

UAlbany (15-3, 5-0 AE) stays undefeated in conference play, outrebounding the Bearcats 57-29 and forcing 16 steals.  The team was led by Shereesha Richards, who earned her program single season record 12th double-double with 17 points, 15 coming in the second half, and 10 rebounds.

“It feels good to have the record and getting the win today,” said Richards. “We wanted to keep them in check on defense, and we played strongly.”

Sarah Royals earned eight points, three assists and two steals.  She has earned at least one assist in each of her last 50 games played.

“It is a record to take pride in, balancing scoring and running the offense,” said Royals. “It was great today to have so many players play and gain experience.”

Tate and Jessica Féquière each finished with eight points, the latter earning a career-high and the former grabbing six rebounds.  Phillip finished with five points and a team-best 16 rebounds, while Edwards had six points and four rebounds.

For Binghamton (4-14, 1-4 AE), Morgan Murphy had a near double-double with 16 points and seven rebounds, hitting 10 of 14 free throws.

The Great Danes played strong defense early, with Tammy Phillip grabbing seven rebounds in the first five minutes.  She added two putback layups, with Royals adding a personal 6-0 run, to help the visitors take a 14-3 lead.

The UAlbany zone defense stopped Binghamton cold in the game, not allowing a field goal for the first 13:04 in the contest as the Great Danes built a 20-5 advantage early.

Stephanie Jensen broke Binghamton’s field goal drought with a top of the arc three, adding another as the Bearcats went on a 13-3 run to get within five 23-18.

Tate led the offense to get UAlbany back in control, hitting a jumper.  On that jumper, Royals earned an assist, marking her 50th-straight game with an assist.  Tate followed by drawing a triple team to setup Edwards for the layup with the foul.  The other way, Tate drew a charge against Sherae Swinson on a fastbreak attempt.

Edwards hit another layup down the stretch as UAlbany did not allow any points in the half’s final 4:21, ending the period with nine straight points to go into halftime up 32-19.

The zone defense and full court pressure from UAlbany continued to pay off, as Binghamton again did not score in the early going in the first half.  The total drought dating back to the first half was 10:14.  Richards, limited in the first half due to two early fouls, hit four field goals in a row in a span of three minutes to build UAlbany’s advantage to 45-21 with 12:22 remaining.

Richards eventually picked up her 10th rebound at the 7:15 mark, giving the sophomore her 12th double-double of the year.

The UAlbany freshmen got into the mix down the stretch, as Féquière hit three shots in a row, starting with a pair of threes, to keep the Great Danes ahead.  UAlbany allowed just three second half baskets to Binghamton as the Great Danes won 66-36.

UAlbany will come back home on Thursday, January 23 to take on New Hampshire at noon for Commitment to Education Day, featuring a matchup of the two America East women’s basketball teams that are undefeated in league play.

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