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UAlbany Women’s Hoops Hosts Quinnipiac in Mid-Major Battle at SEFCU

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UAlbany Women’s Hoops Hosts Quinnipiac in Mid-Major Battle at SEFCU

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Great Danes return to SEFCU Arena for a Sunday matinee to take on Quinnipiac at 2 p.m. in a matchup of top-25 mid-major programs.

Tickets for the game are $ 10 for chairback seats, $ 5 for reserved adult seating and $ 2 for kids and seniors.  Faculty and staff may get a ticket free with a ticket purchase, and students enter free with a university ID.

UAlbany, ranked #4 in the mid-major poll, is one of just three left in the mid-major top 25 that are undefeated, standing at 8-0 after a 75-64 road victory over NJIT on Tuesday.  Quinnipiac, a new member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and currently #24 in the mid-major rankings, enters Sunday at 4-5, having last played on December 6th in a 69-63 home defeat to Marist.

This is just the second meeting all-time and first in the Division I ranks.  These two programs met on December 30th, 1997, with the Great Danes edging out the Bobcats 69-67.

Shereesha Richards has dominated all comers this season, leading the conference in scoring and rebounding.  Her 23.5 points a game is over 7.5 points more points than second-place Ashleigh Roberts of Maine, and she also sports a league-top 10 boards a contest and a 69% field goal percentage.  Sarah Royals has stepped into her new role this season, serving as a point guard and a strong scoring threat.  She leads the conference with 6.1 assists per game, with teammate Margarita Rosario being second with 5.0 per contest, and is seventh in scoring with 13.5 points per game.

Before joining the MAAC, Quinnipiac went 30-3 last season with an undefeated league record in the Northeast Conference, going to the NCAA Tournament and falling to 4-seed Maryland.  Head coach Tricia Fabbri is one of the longest-tenured coaches in women’s basketball having led Quinnipiac the last 19 years.  The Bobcats were predicted to finish third in its new conference behind Marist and Iona.  Leading scorer junior guard Jasmine Martin is close to joining the 1,000-point club, averaging 15.1 points and 4.4 boards a game.  The team’s top rebounder got to the 1,000-point club earlier this season.  Senior forward Brittany McQuain nearly averages a double double with 12.2 points and 9.1 rebounds a game.

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