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By Aaron Cheris
Associate Sports Editor
sports.asp@gmail.com

On Sunday afternoon, Nov.
10, the University at Albany
women’s basketball team earned
their first home win under new
championship banners earned by
last year’s team.
UAlbany got off to an early
lead, and Western Michigan
University was never presented a
chance to get back into the game.
With the 77-61 win, the Great
Danes improved to 2-0 to start
off their season while Western
Michigan fell to 1-1.
UAlbany was led by reigning
America East Rookie of the Year
Shereesha Richards, who scored
a career high 25 points.
“She’s a coach’s dream kid.
She’s a phenomenal young woman.
She’s confident. She knows
what she wants,” said head coach
Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
said of Richards.
Even though Richards was the
star on the floor, she was quick to
give credit to her teammates.
“I can’t do it without Megan
(Craig) not being there. We
come together and it’s our team
together. Even if I score the
most points, I don’t take credit,”
Richards said.
Richards had the crowd on
their feet early as she made an
acrobatic layup to increase the
Great Danes’ lead early in the
first half, right after Western
Michigan’s A.J. Johnson made
her second straight three point
basket.
Johnson wasn’t the only player
who made shots from beyond the
arc, as UAlbany’s Erin Coughlin
made two three pointers in the
first half, including one that gave
UAlbany a nine point lead with
under four minutes left in the
first half.
Playing for the first time in
front of the home crowd, freshmen
Imani Tate and Cassandra
Edwards each scored their first
points at SEFCU Arena in the
first half. Tate hit a pair of free
throws after she was fouled, and
Edwards made one of her two
free throws after she was fouled
trying to make a shot. Edwards’
free throw gave UAlbany a 41-
29 lead going into the second
half.
The lead only got bigger from
there.
Richards got UAlbany off to
a quick start in the second half.
Richards stole the ball from one
of the Broncos, dribbled the
whole length of the court, made
a layup and got fouled in the
process. She made the layup to
convert a three point play, to the
delight of the cheering crowd.
With less than 13 minutes to go
in the game, UAlbany turned the
game into a rout. Tammy Philip
scored two of her six points off
of a half court pass by Sarah
Royals, as Philip was wide open
under the Western Michigan
basket and had no problem making
the layup. That basket gave
UAlbany a 58-38 lead.
Late in the second half, Megan
Craig made the most of her
opportunities under the basket.
She grabbed the rebound off of
a missed shot, spun around, and
put the ball off the glass and
into the basket for two of her 12
points. Her last basket capping
the scoring for UAlbany, and
giving them a 77-49 lead with
under five minutes to play.
Western Michigan scored the
final 12 points of the game, after
it was well in hand for the Great

Danes.
Although the Great Danes were
able to put up the victory, Coach
Abe was still focusing on the
negatives that will need to be
fixed.
“We can’t turn the ball over
that much and we can’t foul that
much,” she said.
UAlbany’s next game will be
on Thursday, as they host Marist
at 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena.
Like UAlbany, Marist made the
NCAA Tournament last season.
Coach Abe is looking forward
to the test, “They’re great,
they’re very well coached. There
are going to be tons of their fans
here. It’s going to be an interesting
game,” she said.

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