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UAlbany Women vs. Binghamton: Forster scores 1,000th in rout

UAlbany Women vs. Binghamton: Forster scores 1,000th in rout

About the only thing that went wrong for the University at Albany women’s basketball team during the

About the only thing that went wrong for the University at Albany women’s basketball team during their rout of Binghamton in the 16th annual Big Purple Growl was some confusion over just how many points senior forward Julie Forster needed for a career milestone.

Forster, already the program’s all-time leading rebounder with more than 1,000 caroms, needed only nine points to join the 1,000-point club, but she was sitting on the bench late in the game just two points short.

When women’s program sports information director Bri LaBrecque informed the coaching staff about where Forster stood, UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson and her staff frantically drew up a play for her to score quickly. Forster missed her first attempt, and then sophomore guard Sarah Royals scored on a breakaway layup the next time the Great Danes had the ball.

Forster finally got her 1,000th point on an offensive putback with 49 seconds left as the Great Danes crushed Binghamton, 69-41.

UAlbany improved to 9-0 in the America East Conference and 18-3 overall. Binghamton dropped to 3-6 and 4-18.

“I knew that I needed nine points to get 1,000, but I didn’t know how many points I had in the game at the end,” said Forster, the only UAlbany women’s player with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. “I think coach was just focused on winning. When they came over to me and told me I was going back into the game and that I needed just a point, I was ready to go.

“This is just amazing. It’s kind of fitting that I scored those points on a rebound.”

Senior guard Ebone Henry, who became the program’s all-time leading scorer last week, was thrilled for her longtime teammate.

“I’m so happy for her,” Henry said. “I remember when we first met her my freshman year. We knew she was a walk-on, but we didn’t know anything else about her. She’s became a great player for us.”

“We have players on this team who have made program history,” said Abrahamson-Henderson.

Henry led the Great Danes with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Foster finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Keyana Willams chipped in with eight rebounds, and freshman Shereesha Richards came off the bench to produce 12 points and five rebounds.

UAlbany led by as many as 25 points (48-23) with 14:06 left in the game, but the Bearcats used a 12-2 run to slice their deficit to 50-35 with 11:27 remaining.

Binghamton (3-6, 4-18) was led by Sherae Swinson with 12 and Mallory Lawes with 10.


Elofson 2-6 0-1 4, Swinson 5-14 2-2 12, Jensen 2-4 0-0 5, Paulk 2-11 5-6 9, Swain 0-3 1-6 1, Newry 0-0 0-0 0, Lawes 4-9 1-1 10, Murphy 1-1 00 2, Aloizos 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-1, 0-0 0, Albrecht 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-50 9-16 43.


Forster 4-10 2-2 10, Keya. Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Royals 2-2 0-0 5, Henry 7-15 6-6 22, Lowrie 2-7 0-0 6, Rosario 0-1 4-4 4, Phillip 0-0 0-0 0, Keyo. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 5-6 2-4 12, Craig 1-5 2-2 4. Totals: 23-49 16-18 67.

Halftime: UAlbany, 33-16. Three-point goals: Binghamton 2-12 (Swinson 0-1, Jensen 1-3, Paulk 0-2, Swain 0-1, Lawes 1-4, Albrecht 0-1); UAlbany 5-15 (Forster 0-2, Keya. Williams 0-1, Royals 1-1, Henry 2-5, Lowrie 2-6). Rebounds: Binghamton 29 (Elofson 8); UAlbany 36 (Keya. Williams 8). Assists: Binghamton 5 (Swain 3), UAlbany 17 (Royals 6). Personal fouls: Binghamton 12, UAlbany 20. Fouled out: Royals. Officials: Geraldine Smith, Nykesha Thompson, Jose Rodriguez. Attendance: 4,538 (sell-out).

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