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UAlbany WBB Finishes Road Trip, Heads to America East Newcomer UMass Lowell

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UAlbany WBB Finishes Road Trip, Heads to America East Newcomer UMass Lowell

Game Notes | Live Stats | AmericaEast.tv

LOWELL, Mass. – The Great Danes finish up their five-game road trip on Thursday, January 16th at 7 p.m., taking on America East newcomer UMass Lowell at the Costello Athletic Center.

General admission tickets for the game are eight dollars for adults and five dollars for youth.  In addition, the game will be broadcast on AmericaEast.tv.

UAlbany, ranked #9 in the College Insider Women’s Mid-Major Top-25, stands in first place in the America East after winning its first two conference games, the last a 69-52 road victory over Hartford on Sunday, standing 12-3 overall.  UMass Lowell is on a two-game win streak, coming off a 73-39 home win over Mount Ida, to come in at 1-2 in America East play and 2-12 overall.

The two programs formerly were rivals in the now dissolved New England Collegiate Conference in Division II.  They last played in 1999, where the two split the contests: UAlbany won game one 74-69, UMass Lowell took the second 76-62.  In Division II, UMass Lowell led the overall series 8-2.

Shereesha Richards has been selected as the America East Player of the Week for the seventh time this season after averaging 32 points and 14.5 boards in a pair of America East victories.  She set career-highs with 41 points at Vermont and 18 rebounds at Hartford.  Sarah Royals leads the conference with 5.3 assists per game and is fifth in scoring with 12.7 points per game top-ten in free throw shooting at 77.3%, getting to the line a conference-leading 110 times this season.  Megan Craig, including a 33-point game against Northeastern, is 11th in the conference at 11.3 points a contest and is second with 1.5 blocks a game.

UMass Lowell is transitioning into the Division I ranks, joining the America East after playing in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference the past 13 years.  The team earned its first DI win over UMBC, a 65-57 road victory, last Saturday.  Running the floor for the River Hawks is junior guard Shannon Samuels, who averages a team-best 12.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals.  Sophomore forward Lindsay Doucette also is in the top-five in the conference with 2.2 steals a game, serving as the team’s leading post player at 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds a game. 

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