Balanced UAlbany women’s basketball opens America East slate with win over UMBC

UAlbany women's basketball coach Colleen Mullen.

UAlbany women's basketball coach Colleen Mullen.

With four double-digit scorers and a strong run in the fourth quarter, the UAlbany women’s basketball team started America East Conference play Saturday with a win.

“I can’t say enough about the grit and the toughness of this team,” UAlbany head coach Colleen Mullen said in a post-game teleconference.

UAlbany won 66-56 at UMBC, as the Great Danes evened their overall record at 2-2 heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. rematch with UMBC. In the first game of UAlbany’s weekend series, Helene Haegerstrand led the way with a game-high 23 points. The Great Danes also received 13 points from Kyara Frames, plus 10 apiece from Kayla Cooper and Ellen Hahne.

“It’s really good for us to have different threats and to have people stepping up when we need them to,” Haegerstrand said.

“The more balanced we can be,” Mullen said, “the better.”

UAlbany led UMBC — which dropped to 0-3 overall — by nine points at halftime, but UMBC only trailed by four points head into the fourth quarter and trimmed UAlbany’s advantage to one after just a minute in the final stanza. From there, though, UAlbany put together a 12-2 run to surge to a 59-48 lead, and UAlbany maintained at least a seven-point lead the rest of the way.

Mullen described Saturday’s outcome as a “statement win” for the Great Danes who have played their first four games of the season on the road. With the this-season-only scheduling format the America East is using for the 2020-21 campaign, UAlbany will play 10 of its 18 league games away from its home SEFCU Arena.

“We know we have to win on the road,” Mullen said.

With a little less than 22 hours from the end of Saturday’s game until the start of Sunday’s matchup, Mullen said her coaching staff was “going to get right to work” rewatching Saturday’s game and figuring out needed adjustments for the rematch.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Mullen said. “It’s going to be a new process for sure.” 

Mya Moye led UMBC with 13 points.

UALBANY

Frames 2-7 9-12 13, Hahne 5-8 0-2 10, Decortes 0-6 1-2 1, Heeps 1-4 0-0 3, Haegerstrand 7-14 6-8 23, Om 0-1 0-0 0, Hayes 1-1 0-0 2, Cooper 2-6 5-10 10, Hanner 2-2 0-0 4, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-49 21-34 66.

UMBC

Summers 3-13 1-2 9, Nelson 0-3 3-6 3, Gast 0-3 0-0 0, Swann 4-10 1-1 11, Anumgba 0-5 0-2 0, Moye 4-12 3-4 13, Gagan 1-1 2-2 5, Esadah 4-7 2-2 10, Braswell 0-1 0-0 0, Clowers 1-4 1-2 3, Bonny 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 18-61 13-21 56.

UAlbany 13 19 13 21 — 66

UMBC 11 12 18 15 — 56

Three-pointers: UAlbany 5-19 (Frames 0-4, Hahne 0-1, Heeps 1-4, Haegerstrand 3-7, Om 0-1, Cooper 1-2), UMBC 7-15 (Summers 2-4, Swann 2-3, Moye 2-7, Gagan 1-1). Rebounds: UAlbany 44 (Hahne 8), UMBC 36 (Nelson, Gast 6). Assists: UAlbany 7 (Frames, Haegerstrand 2), UMBC 4 (Four tied with 1). Turnovers: UAlbany 19, UMBC 14. Total fouls: UAlbany, UMBC 26. Technical fouls: None. Fouled out: Anumgba, Esadah. Attendance: 0.

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