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Henry gets milestone in UAlbany women's victory

Henry gets milestone in UAlbany women's victory

It was Ebone Henry’s day, and the Great Danes needed every one of her multiple skills to get out of

It was Ebone Henry’s day, and the Great Danes needed every one of her multiple skills to get out of their funk.

Despite six turnovers in the first five minutes and 27 turnovers overall, University at Albany rode Henry’s brilliant all-around game to what turned into a comfortable 59-32 victory over Vermont on Saturday at SEFCU Arena.

The senior from San Diego became UAlbany’s all-time leading scorer, a record that stood for 27 years, but she also stuffed the stat book with 21 points, seven rebounds, six steals and six assists to help the Great Danes improve to 7-0 in the conference and 16-3 overall.

“It means a lot. I’m happy inside, even though I might not look it,” said Henry, who has 1,494 points to move past Rainny Lesane’s mark of 1,481 from 1982 to 1986.

“I’m just glad I can leave my mark. I’ve worked so hard, and we’ve come a long way in this program. I didn’t know when I actually broke the record, because I was just concentrating on trying to get us going and getting us a win.”

Henry’s record-breaking shot came on a baseline jumper from the left side with 1:05 left in the first half. It gave the Great Danes a 25-14 lead, and they went into halftime with a 25-17 edge.

It wasn’t until the Great Danes turned up the heat on their press that they began pulling away. Henry scored nine of the team’s first 11 points in the second half, and then she began to feed freshman Sherresha Richards on long passes to get the fast break going.

Henry sat the final six minutes and watched her teammates put the Catamounts away.

“Our defense creates our offense,” said Henry, a two-time America East Conference Defensive Player of the Year who is also second on the team’s all-time steals list with 291, fourth in rebounding with 729 and 15th in assists with 213.

“When our defense creates our offense, we score easily, and our press led to some easy steals and some easy baskets for me today. Offense sells tickets, but defense wins games.”

UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson had plenty of praise for her captain.

“She’s a stud,” the third-year coach said. “She knows what wins games. We did a great job with all of our presses today. She is the reason for our success. She’s just amazing. All she wants to do is win. She doesn’t care how many points she scores.”

Although UAlbany committed 27 turnovers, the Great Danes’ defense forced 30 Vermont turnovers. The Danes also limited the Catamounts to just 22.9 percent shooting from the floor and held a 38-28 edge on the boards.

Richards finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for UAlbany, and Megan Craig, the team’s 6-foot-8 sophomore backup center, added five points and six rebounds.

VERMONT (32)

Taylor 2-7 2-2 6, Buschmann 1-3 3-6 5, Conley 2-4 1-2 5, Shumpert 2-9 0-0 5, Wheeler 1-5 0-0 3, Albert 0-1 0-0 0, Atwood 0-3 0-0 0, Brenne 0-1 0-0 0, Wheeler 1-4 0-0 2, Burchill 2-9 0-0 6, Hutson 0-2 0-0 0, Britton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-48 6-10 32.

UALBANY (59)

Forster 1-3 2-2 4, Keya. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Royals 2-4 3-4 7, Henry 6-13 7-8 21, Lowrie 3-10 0-0 8, Coughlin 0-0 0-0 0, Rosario 0-0 0-0 0, Phillip 0-0 2-2 2, Keyo. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 6-7 0-0 12, Craig 2-7 1-3 5. Totals: 20-45 15-19 59.

Halftime: UAlbany, 25-17. Three-point goals: Vermont 4-22 (Shumpert 1-6, Wheeler 1-4, Albert 0-1, Atwood 0-, Burchill 2-8); UAlbany 4-14 (Royals 0-1, Henry 2-4, Lowrie 2-9). Rebounds: Vermont 28 (Conley 7); UAlbany 38 (Richards 9). Assists: Vermont 8 (Buschmann 3); UAlbany 13 (Henry 6). Personal fouls: Vermont 16, UAlbany 12. Officials: John Riordan, Diana DePaul, Kevin Sparrock.

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