Shereesha Richards scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as the University at Albany’s women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to six games with a 79-57 non-conference victory over Delaware State Saturday night at Memorial Hall.
The Great Danes improve to 8-2 on the season, while the Hornets fell to 2-6.
Delaware State scored the first six points before UAlbany got on the scoreboard with a three-pointer from Ebone Henry from the left side of the arc.
The Great Danes tied the game at 17:20, as Julie Forster dished the ball to Keyana Williams.
The Hornets built a 14-7 advantage with 14:39 to play on three consecutive baskets. UAlbany ended the second 6-0 run with a layup by Forster at 14:12.
UAlbany continued to roll through the half, using stifling defense to induce several Delaware State fouls and turnovers. The Great Danes made five free throws to end the half with a 40-32 lead.
UAlbany outscored the Hornets, 24-5, to start the second half before Kianna D’Oliveira nailed two free throws and hit a layup to pull Del-aware State within 68-41.
The Great Danes did not slow down, however, and built a 75-54 lead before the final media timeout.
Richards then scored the final points of the game, and recorded a steal in the waning seconds to seal up the win.
“The first half was sluggish,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, whose team has won its last six games by an average of 24.7 points. “In the second half, we adjusted, changed our press, and got into the flow of what we needed to do offensively. Shereesha had another great game — she is a great spark off the bench.”
Delaware State got 10 points from Jade Washington, and Tierra Hawkins and Uchechi Ahaiwe added nine apiece. The Hornets shot 45.5 percent (20-44) from the field, while committing 28 turnovers.
Lowrie finished with 15 points, Megan Craig produced 13 points and seven rebounds, and Henry contributed 10 points for UAlbany.
UAlbany will return to action on Thursday at the Long Beach Classic in Long Beach, Calif. The Great Danes will take on Sam Houston State on Thursday, and will face either Long Beach or Canisius on Friday.
Royals 3-0-7, Henry 3-2-10, Lowrie 5-0-15, Forster 2-3-7, Keya. Williams 2-1-5, Coughlin 1-1-3, Rosario 0-2-2, Phillip 0-1-1, Keyo. Williams 0-0-0, Richards 7-2-16, Craig 5-3-13, McVey 0-0-0. Totals: 28-59 15-28 79.
DELAWARE STATE (57)
Tate 4-1-9, D’Oliveira 1-2-4, Kersey 1-0-2,Harmon 3-3-9, Washington 3-3-10, Bristow 1-0-2, Redden 1-1-3, Hawkins 3-3-9, Thornton 0-0-0, Ahaiwe 3-3-9. Totals: 20-44 16-29 57.
Halftime: UAlbany, 40-32. Three-point goals: UAlbany 8-19 (Royals 1-2, Henry 2-4, Lowrie 5-9, Forster 0-1, Coughlin 0-2, Rosario 0-1); Delaware State 1-8 (Kersey 0-4, Washington 1-2, Bristow 0-2). Rebounds: UAlany 43 (Richards 8); Delaware State 29 (Hawkins 5). Assists: UAlany 16 (Royals 5); Delaware State 12 (Bristow 4). Personal fouls: UAlbany 25, Delaware State 23. Fouled out: Tate. Attendance: 371.