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UAlbany Women vs. Binghamton: Richards helps Danes pound Bearcats, 72-47

UAlbany Women vs. Binghamton: Richards helps Danes pound Bearcats, 72-47

Freshman Shereesha Richards poured in a game-high 18 points, leading the University at Albany women’

Freshman Shereesha Richards poured in a game-high 18 points, leading the University at Albany women’s team to a 72-47 victory over Binghamton in an America East Conference game Saturday at the Events Center.

The defending conference champions improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in league play, while Binghamton dropped to 2-13, with a 1-1 conference record.

The Great Danes used a 7-2 run to build a 23-18 advantage with 3:36 to play in the first half, and they took a 32-23 halftime advantage.

The Great Danes came out of the halftime break firing, led by senior Ebone Henry, who scored the first nine points for UAlbany before Richards converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Great Danes ahead, 44-30, at 15:34. UAlbany continued to roll as the game progressed, building up a 58-35 lead with 7:49 on the clock.

UAlbany emptied the bench shortly thereafter, getting all of the young Great Danes on the floor in the late going. UAlbany continued to dominate play, grabbing rebounds and forcing turnovers. Megan Craig scored six of the Great Danes’ final eight points.

Along with Richards, the Great Danes were led by Henry and Craig, who chipped in with 15 points apiece. Craig also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds, leading UAlbany to a 46-25 advantage in that category.

The Great Danes shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the floor and recorded 11 steals. The Bearcats committed 20 turnovers.

UAlbany, which ended an eight-game road swing, is off until it hosts Maine at 5 p.m. Saturday at SEFCU Arena.

UALBANY (72)

Royals 2-3 3-5 7, Henry 4-15 5-7 15, Lowrie 2-3 0-0 6, Forster 4-10 0-0 8, Keya. Will­iams 0-3 0-0 0, Coughlin 0-0 0-0 0, Rosario 0-2 0-0 0, Phillips 0-1 3-3 3, Keyo. Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Richards 8-10 2-3 18, Craig 6-12 3-4 15. Totals: 26-60 16-22 72.

BINGHAMTON (47)

Lawes 0-6 0-0 0, Murphy 2-6 4-4 8, Swinson 6-16 0-0 12, Paulk 2-8 3-4 8, Swain 1-3 0-0 3, Newry 2-2 0-0 5, Elofson 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 4-4 0-2 8, Jensen 0-1 0-0 0, Albrecht 0-1 3-34 3, Molina 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-48 10-14 47.

Halftime: UAlbany, 32-23. Three-point goals: UAlbany 4-9 (Royals 0-2, Henry 2-3, Lowrie 2-3, Forster 0-1), Binghamton 3-14 (Lawes 0-5, Paulk 1-3, Swain 1-3, Newry 1-1, Molina 0-1). Rebounds: UAlbany 47 (Craig 9), Binghamton 25 (Murphy 4). Assists: UAlbany 16 (Rosario 7), Binghamton 13 (Swain 5). Personal fouls: UAlbany 14, Binghamton 19. Fouled o ut: Murphy. Officials: Casiko Stephens, Kevin Sparrick, Carlos Alvarez. Attendance: 1,496.

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