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Numbers to know: UAlbany, Siena women’s basketball teams start off Capital Region’s Division I season

Siena's Rayshel Brown, right, takes a shot during last Friday's game. (Erica Miller)

Siena's Rayshel Brown, right, takes a shot during last Friday's game. (Erica Miller)

Division I basketball teams from the Capital Region were finally able to play this past weekend, with the women’s teams from both UAlbany and Siena each playing two games.

UAlbany finished 1-1 in its games, including a 71-66 win against Seton Hall of the Big East. Meanwhile, the Siena women lost twice against Fairfield, then found out Monday it will need to pause all in-person team activities for two weeks following a positive COVID-19 test result within its program’s Tier 1 personnel.

The UAlbany men’s team remains on track to start its season Saturday vs. UMBC in America East Conference play, while Siena’s latest pause closes Tuesday and allows the team to get back to practice. The Saints’ next scheduled game is a Dec. 22 matchup at Drexel.

Here are 10 numbers to know related to the area’s Division I basketball scene.


Career blocks for Siena women’s basketball’s Lala Watts after her team’s opening two games of her junior season. Watts is two blocks away from entering into the all-time top 10 for that category in program history. Watts blocked 69 shots last season, and entered this season needing 60 more to become Siena’s all-time leading shot blocker, a distinction that currently belongs to Katy Sturgis who had 139 blocked shots during a career that spanned from 1979 to 1983.


Percentage of shots from the field the UAlbany women’s basketball team made in the fourth quarter of its win Sunday at Seton Hall. Down 47-44 heading into the final period, UAlbany outscored Seton Hall 27-19 in the final stanza, as the Great Danes made 8 of 14 field goals and all nine of their free throws.


Career-high points total for UAlbany women’s basketball’s Helene Haegerstrand in the Great Danes’ win at Seton Hall. Haegerstrand made 10 of 14 shots, and scored the first seven points in UAlbany’s pivotal 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter.


Total made 3-pointers for Fairfield graduate student Sam Lewis in a 76-44 win Saturday against the Siena women’s basketball team. Lewis, named Monday as the MAAC Player of the Week, scored a program-best 39 points in the game, which saw her only miss two attempts from downtown. During one stretch, Lewis made nine consecutive 3s.


Average rebounds per game this season for Siena women’s basketball Rayshel Brown — a 5-foot-8 senior guard who served as a reserve in each of the Saints’ first two games. Brown also contributed double-digit scoring in each of Siena’s first two games, scoring 10 points in one game and 17 in the other.


Games that UMBC, the season-opening opponent this weekend for UAlbany men’s basketball, has already played this season. UMBC is 4-1 on the season, and hasn’t lost since its season-opening game against Georgetown.


Total games the region’s teams have played through Monday. In a season that started nearly three weeks ago, the UAlbany and Siena women’s teams have each played two games, while the men’s teams at both schools have played none.


Siena women’s basketball players to log 30 or more minutes in each of the team’s back-to-back games against Fairfield. Watts played 74 of 80 possible minutes, Isis Young played 72 and Margo Peterson played 65.


Total double-doubles in as many games for UAlbany women’s basketball’s Ellen Hahne, who started her Great Danes career with back-to-back solid efforts. The transfer from Wake Forest had 15 points and 11 rebounds in UAlbany’s season-opening loss to Hofstra, then had 17 points and 11 rebounds in victory against Seton Hall.


Games UAlbany women’s basketball are currently scheduled to play this week against Marist. UAlbany will still play Tuesday at Marist, but its game originally scheduled for Wednesday vs. Marist was canceled because of scheduling changes in the MAAC.

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