5 UAlbany women’s basketball players earn conference recognition

University at Albany's Helene Haegerstrand takes a shot between Bryant's Mariona Planes Fortyny and Alana Perkins with teammate Lucia Decortes nearby during a game in Albany on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
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University at Albany's Helene Haegerstrand takes a shot between Bryant's Mariona Planes Fortyny and Alana Perkins with teammate Lucia Decortes nearby during a game in Albany on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Five members of the UAlbany women’s basketball program received recognition Thursday when the America East Conference announced its 2021-22 awards.

Helene Haegerstrand earned a first-team all-conference selection, while Kayla Cooper was a second-team pick. Meanwhile, Morgan Haney was named the league’s sixth player of the year, Lucia Decortes was honored as an all-defensive team selection and Lilly Phillips earned an all-rookie team nod.

A junior, Haegerstrand earned a third-team spot as a sophomore. UAlbany’s leading scorer averaged 12.3 points per game during the regular season, which ranked No. 6 in the conference. Cooper averaged 11.1 points per game and averaged seven rebounds per game, which led the Great Danes and ranked the sophomore fifth in the league.

Named the league’s top reserve player, Haney appeared in all 29 games this season after knee injuries prematurely ended her 2019-20 season and never allowed her to play last season. This season, the guard averaged 5.9 points, three rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.6 minutes per game.

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Decortes led the America East in blocks per game with 1.7. The senior also averaged 5.1 rebounds per game.

A freshman who played at Cambridge High School, Phillips started 27 games for UAlbany. In 21.7 minutes per game, the former Section II standout averaged 4.5 points and 2.4 assists.

UAlbany finished the regular season with a 20-9 record. The No. 2 Great Danes will host No. 7 New Hampshire in Saturday’s America East quarterfinals at SEFCU Arena in Albany.

The top seed for this year’s conference playoffs is Maine, which had junior Anne Simon win the league’s overall player and defensive player of the year awards. Maine head coach Amy Vachon earned the conference’s coaching award, while Catherine Gilwee of Vermont was named the league’s best rookie.

Joining Haegerstrand and Simon on the league’s first team were Binghamton’s Denai Bowman, Vermont’s Emma Utterback and Stony Brook’s Anastasia Warren.

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