UAlbany women’s basketball completes sweep of New Hampshire

University at Albany's Lilly Phillips warms up Saturday, January 8, 2022.

University at Albany's Lilly Phillips warms up Saturday, January 8, 2022.

The UAlbany women’s basketball program heads into the final week of its regular season off a pair of wins.

With important home games against America East Conference leaders Maine and Stony Brook coming up, the Great Danes took care of business Saturday with a 55-46 road win against New Hampshire to keep pace in the league standings. 

Helene Haegerstrand led UAlbany (12-4 league, 19-8 overall) with 18 points, while Morgan Haney scored 14 off the bench, and Kayla Cooper and Grace Heeps each added 10. Cooper also had nine rebounds. For New Hampshire (3-11, 6-19), Amanda Torres scored a team-high 15 points.

UAlbany led for more than 80% of the contest and never trailed after the first quarter. The Great Danes’ 16 turnovers were six more than New Hampshire committed, but UAlbany made up for that margin by out-rebounding the home team 34-24 and holding New Hampshire to 14 of 47 shooting from the field. The Great Danes made 17 of 41 shots, including 7 of 20 from 3-point territory.

UAlbany only led 11-10 after one quarter, but took a 27-17 lead into halftime. After the intermission, the Great Danes grew their lead to as many as 15 points and maintained a double-digit lead until a late surge from New Hampshire. After UAlbany moved ahead 47-32, New Hampshire put together a 13-5 run, but the Great Danes always maintained at least a three-possession advantage in the game’s final minutes.

Previously, UAlbany had defeated New Hampshire 50-39 this season.

UAlbany is in third place in the America East standings. The Great Danes are a half-game back of second-place Maine and two games back of first-place Stony Brook, but the Seawolves are not eligible for this year’s league playoffs.

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