Kayla Cooper’s timely contributions off the bench and a big third-quarter run led the way Sunday as UAlbany women’s basketball picked up its first road win of the season.
Cooper scored a game-high 17 points, and the Great Danes outscored Colgate 18-7 in the third quarter to blow the game open en route to a 60-39 non-conference win at Cotterell Court in Hamilton.
Up 28-23 at the half, UAlbany (3-3 overall) kicked off the third quarter with a Helene Haegerstrand 3-pointer. After Colgate scored with 8:26 left in the third, UAlbany held the Raiders (2-6 overall) scoreless for more than five minutes on the way to opening up a 39-25 lead.
UAlbany extended its lead to 46-30 by the end of the quarter, with another 7-0 burst just after the midway point of the fourth quarter putting the game completely out of reach.
“I am proud of the effort our team showed tonight,” UAlbany head coach Colleen Mullen said. “Colgate is a tough team, and we were able to control the tempo of the game with our pressure. We were focused on the defensive end and showed patience offensively. I am happy with the way our team maintained our composure and executed down the stretch.”
In addition to her 17 points, Cooper also had seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Lucia Decortes added 10 points and seven boards for UAlbany, while Haegerstrand and Lilly Phillips scored nine apiece.
Taylor Golembeiewski scored 10 points to lead the way for Colgate, which was held to 14 of 51 shooting — including 3 of 23 from 3-point range — by UAlbany, which also finished with a 41-26 rebounding advantage.
UAlbany will continue its road trip on Wednesday by heading to Nashville, Tennessee, to face the SEC’s Vanderbilt.