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2023-24 UAlbany Women’s Basketball Season Recap: Great Danes’ Performance

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The UAlbany women’s basketball​ program is off ⁤to a 13-2 start⁣ and is 2-0 in America East play. The team’s next game is Jan.​ 13 ⁤at Binghamton.

Click into each link for the team’s roster, schedule and statistics.

Here is a ‍game-by-game recap‍ of ‍the Great Danes’ 2023-24 season.

GAME 15: UALBANY 77, NJIT⁣ 36

When & Where: Jan. 6 at Broadview Center

Quick Recap: UAlbany never trailed⁣ in the‍ game, and used⁢ a 28-6 domination in the second quarter to blow the game wide open for the​ team’s ninth ⁣consecutive ‍win. Helene Haegerstrand led four UAlbany players⁤ who scored in double figures with 15 points, Meghan Huerter and Kayla Cooper each scored 14, ‌and‌ Deja Evans scored 11.

Stat To Know: UAlbany scored its 12 double-digit win of ‌the season, and its fifth win by at least ⁤20 points.

Record: 2-0⁤ conference, ⁣13-2 overall

GAME⁣ 14: UALBANY 69, BRYANT 50

When & Where: Jan. 4 at Broadview Center

Quick Recap: Kayla Cooper scored 18 points as the Great‍ Danes cruised to⁤ a win in their America East Conference ⁣opener. The victory was the Great Danes’ eighth in a row. UAlbany led 18-10⁤ after one quarter, 33-17 at halftime and by​ as many as ⁣26 points ‍in the second ⁢half.⁤ Deja Evans produced a dozen points and Lilly Phillips⁢ had 11. UAlbany out-rebounded Bryant 33-22, and ​had 16 assists to Bryant’s 11. Mia Mancini led​ Bryant with 17 points.

Stat To Know: UAlbany led for 34:10 of the⁣ game’s 40 ⁤minutes.

Record: ⁢1-0 America ​East, 12-2 overall

GAME 13: UALBANY 87, NAVY 55

When & Where: Dec. ‍30 at Broadview ‌Center

Quick Recap: Freshman forward Deja Evans had ‌the best performance ⁤of her young UAlbany career, dominating‍ the interior with 26 points ‌and 17 rebounds. Kayla Cooper added⁢ 23 points and Helene Haegerstrand scored 12 as the Great Danes reeled off their seventh consecutive victory and completed a ⁢perfect month of December. UAlbany was up by ‍double digits for nearly the entire second half, and blew⁤ the‌ game open in the fourth quarter by outscoring Navy 30-12.

Stat To​ Know: UAlbany’s 87 points were a season-high against a Division I opponent, buoyed by ⁣plenty of trips to the free throw‌ line, where​ the‌ Great Danes ​were ⁣27 of⁢ 34.

Record: 11-2 overall

GAME ⁢12: UALBANY 74, MASSACHUSETTS 52

When & Where: Dec. 20 at Mullins Center

Quick Recap: UAlbany used torrid‍ 3-point shooting in the first half to take command of the game, then‌ held UMass at bay in the second half for the Great Danes’‌ sixth​ straight win. ‌UAlbany made eight⁤ of 13 3-pointers ⁤while building a 46-29 ‌halftime lead, including a combined 8-for-10 by‌ former Shenendehowa star Meghan​ Huerter, ​Lilly Phillips and Sarah Karpell. Huerter finished with 15 points, and Phillips and freshman forward ⁣Deja Evans each scored 14.

Stat⁢ To Know: Senior forward⁤ Kayla Cooper, who was ⁣in ⁢and out of the game with foul trouble, scored ⁢13 points to‌ bring‌ her within one​ of reaching 1,000 for her ⁢career.

Record: 10-2 overall

GAME ⁤11: UALBANY 77, STONEHILL ⁢38

When & Where: ‍Dec. 16 at Broadview Center

Quick Recap: ⁤The Great Danes blew past their⁣ winless ​opponent. UAlbany⁣ led 24-9 after one quarter and outscored⁤ Stonehill by at ​least seven points in each ​period. Six Great Danes⁣ scored at least seven points, while Kayla Cooper ⁤led ‌the way with 16 points, 11 rebounds, ‌six assists and five⁢ steals in 27 minutes.

Stat To Know: UAlbany led⁣ by as many as 41 points in the fourth quarter.

Record: 9-2 overall

GAME 10: UALBANY 68, ⁣DARTMOUTH 57

When & Where: Dec.​ 12 at Broadview Center

Quick Recap: Meghan Huerter starred for ⁢the‍ Great Danes with a career-high 20 points. Huerter made 7 of 10‍ shots from the field, including ⁢6⁤ of ⁢8‍ from 3-point territory. UAlbany ⁣only led 17-14 after a quarter, but took a double-digit​ lead⁢ into the second half and was never ‍seriously challenged. The Great Danes led by as many as 19⁤ points in the third quarter. Besides Huerter, Helene Haegerstrand produced ‌a high-scoring game with 18 points, while ‌Kayla Cooper narrowly missed a⁢ double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Stat To Know: UAlbany⁣ won eight of its first ⁤10 games for the first time‌ since the 2017-18 season.

Record: ‌8-2​ overall

GAME ‍9: UALBANY‍ 49, MARIST 39

When & Where: Dec. 9 at Broadview Center

Quick Recap: In a defensive ⁢matchup, UAlbany pulled‍ away with a 19-6 fourth quarter. Down ​33-30 to start the fourth quarter, UAlbany started the period with a 6-0⁢ run, then took the lead for good on ‌a pair of free throws from Kayla Cooper with 4:38‌ to go. The Great Danes ended the ⁣game on a 13-2 ⁢run. Cooper at ​least shared the team ​lead⁢ for UAlbany in points ⁤(23), rebounds (12), ⁢steals (four), assists (three) and blocks (three).

Stat To​ Know: Cooper and Haegerstrand⁣ combined⁤ to score 36⁣ of ⁢UAlbany’s 49 points. No other Great⁤ Danes player scored more than five points.

Record: 7-2 overall

GAME 8: UALBANY 56, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE‍ 37

When & Where: Dec. 6 at Detrick Gymnasium

Quick Recap: In typical fashion, UAlbany’s defense put the clamps on Central Connecticut State, holding the Blue Devils to‌ 26.5% from the field. Still, the Great Danes⁢ led by ‌just seven, ⁣42-35, early in the fourth quarter before allowing just⁣ one basket by CCSU the rest of the way while going on ‍a 14-2 run to finish it out. Kayla Cooper had a double-double on 14 points and 12⁣ rebounds, and Helene Haegerstrand scored 14.

Stat To Know: CCSU had a particularly tough game from 3-point range,⁤ making just 1 ⁣of 13 attempts.

Record: 6-2 overall

GAME 7: UALBANY 76, SIENA 58

When & Where: Dec. 2 at⁢ Broadview Center

Quick Recap: Four Great Danes recorded double-digit scoring, with Kayla Cooper and Helene Haegerstrand each scoring ​13 points, and Lilly Phillips and Sarah Karpell each adding 11. Meanwhile,⁢ Deja Evans flirted with a double-double with ​eight ​points and⁣ 10 rebounds, and‍ Meghan Huerter⁢ scored ⁢nine of UAlbany’s 20 bench points. UAlbany led 37-36 at halftime, then registered a ⁤20-8 third‍ quarter on its way to⁤ the⁤ 18-point ‍win.

Stat To Know: The victory was UAlbany’s‍ third consecutive one in its Albany Cup series with Siena.

Record: 5-2 overall

GAME​ 6: STANFORD 79, UALBANY 35

When ⁣& Where: Nov. 26‌ at Maples Pavilion

Quick Recap: Playing against one of the ‍nation’s top teams ‌and coaches, UAlbany suffered a 44-point loss in ‍California. Kayla Cooper scored ‍16 points to ⁤lead UAlbany, which only managed ‌11 second-half points after heading into the⁣ break down 47-24. For Stanford, star Cameron Brink produced​ 21 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks. A Schenectady County native, Stanford coach⁢ Tara Tara VanDerveer’s ‍college career ‍started at UAlbany. VanDerveer has won more games than any other women’s basketball head coach and has‌ won ‌three national championships at‌ Stanford.

Stat ⁤To ⁢Know: Brink, an All-American, only needed to play 26 minutes to post her‌ monster double-double.

Record: 4-2 overall

GAME 5: ‍UALBANY ‍57, CORNELL‍ 45

When & ‍Where: 11/22 at Newman Arena

Quick Recap: UAlbany’s defensive approach was on full display,⁤ as the Great Danes held Cornell to a total of 14 points ‌in⁣ the middle two quarters while ‍building a⁣ 50-28‌ lead heading into the ‌fourth. On⁢ the ⁣offensive side, the Great Danes leaned ​almost exclusively⁣ on their starting lineup, ⁣which accounted for all but three of UAlbany’s 57 points. Helene Haegerstrand ⁤made three of six 3-pointers ⁢and ⁣scored 17 points for ‌UAlbany, and Deja Evans scored 15 while⁢ making all seven of her ⁤free throws.

Stat​ To Know: Cornell’s ​starting five was a combined ⁣5-for-31 ⁤(16.1%) from the field, each player making just one‍ field goal.

Record: ‍ 4-1⁣ overall

GAME 4: UALBANY ‍66, ST. BONAVENTURE ⁢56

When & Where: ⁢Nov. 16‌ at Reilly Center

Quick Recap: UAlbany ‍outscored St. Bonaventure 12-2 to⁣ start the ⁢game and responded to a third-quarter push by the Bonnies for a non-conference victory. ⁤Kayla Cooper, who ‍led ⁢the Great Danes‍ with 21⁤ points, helped fuel the quick‌ start with a breakaway layup and ⁤a jumper.‌ UAlbany was‍ ahead⁢ 37-24 ⁢at‌ halftime, ⁢but St. Bonaventure got within five, 53-48, on three free throws by Tianna Johnson at the ⁣end of the ​third. The ⁣Great Danes⁤ took full ⁤command ​of the game when Lilly Phillips’ 3 put ​UAlbany up 66-53‌ with 1:30 left.

Stat To Know: Cooper⁢ had ⁤an efficient and balanced stat line, 8-for-15 from the ⁤field, 5-for-6 on free throws, ‌eight rebounds and four assists in ⁣28 minutes.

Record: 3-1⁣ overall

GAME 3: UALBANY 118, SARAH LAWRENCE 27

When⁤ & Where: Nov. 13 at Saint Rose

Quick Recap: Against a⁤ Division III opponent, the Great Danes dominated from start to finish. Six UAlbany players recorded double-digit‍ scoring, led by​ Lilly Phillips​ with ​18 points.‌ UAlbany outscored Sarah ⁤Lawrence 53-0 off turnovers, 25-0 on second-chance opportunities, ⁤37-0 on fast breaks⁤ and ‍70-0 with its bench‌ players.

Stat To Know: Gabriela‌ Falcao recorded a ⁤team-high +57 in her⁢ 22 minutes. Falcao had 16 points, seven rebounds, ‌four assists and four steals off⁣ the bench.

Record: 2-1 overall

GAME 2: FORDHAM 66, UALBANY 63

When &⁤ Where: Nov.‍ 10 at Rose Hill Gym

Quick Recap: In​ a wildly back-and-forth game, the Great Danes fell on the road. Neither team ever⁣ led by more than five points, and ‌the contest featured 24 lead changes and ‌11 ties. The teams ​were tied at 47⁣ after ⁣three ⁤quarters, and the ​contest was a one-possession game or closer for all ⁤but ⁢a dozen seconds of the fourth quarter. Helene ⁢Haegerstrand led ⁢UAlbany with 14 points, Deja Evans nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine ⁤rebounds,​ and Kayla Cooper added 13 points ⁤and Meghan Huerter scored 11.

Stat To⁢ Know: UAlbany⁢ made 9 of ⁣17 3-pointers to Fordham’s⁣ 4 ⁤of 16, but the Great Danes committed 17 turnovers to Fordham’s 10.

Record: 1-1 overall

GAME 1: UALBANY 58, MERRIMACK 55

When & Where: ⁤ Nov. 6 at Bert Hammel Court

Quick Recap: UAlbany was tested thoroughly down the stretch, but never‍ relinquished the lead. The Great Danes⁣ brought an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter,‍ only to see⁢ Merrimack cut UAlbany’s advantage all the way ⁢to a point. In her‍ first game for the Great‍ Danes, transfer Sarah⁤ Karpell ‌led ‍UAlbany with 17 points, while Kayla Cooper and Lilly⁢ Phillips each scored ​11.

Stat To Know: ‌UAlbany won ⁤on the ‍road despite ⁤committing 19 turnovers against​ 10 assists.

Record: ‌ 1-0 overall

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Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan, an informed and passionate sports reporter, is a former college athlete with a degree in Sports Communication from Ithaca College. Go Bombers!
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