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UAlbany Women vs. Dartmouth: Richards scores 32; Great Danes now 7-0

UAlbany Women vs. Dartmouth: Richards scores 32; Great Danes now 7-0

Sophomore forward Shereesha Richards recorded the highest single-game total for a University at Alba

Sophomore forward Shereesha Richards recorded the highest single-game total for a University at Albany women’s player since 2009, pouring in 32 points to lead the Great Danes to an 81-59 non-conference victory over Dartmouth on Wednesday night.

The Great Danes are 7-0, and are off to the best start in program history.

“We settled down in the second half and did a great job disrupting their shooters,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “I am happy everyone got to contribute; when our bench gets better, our team gets better.”

Richards shot 15-for-18 from the field and added 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the year and sixth-straight 19-plus-point game. Her 15 field goals is a UAlbany DI record, with the school record being Cindy Werner’s 16 in 1978. The last time a Great Dane scored at least 30 points was on March 13, 2009, when Britney McGee scored 32 against Boston University.

“My teammates kept finding me in transition and the post,” said Richards. “I kept trying to adjust against double teams, but I kept pushing and either powering through or looking for the kick out.”

“She is an incredibly hard worker in the post,” added Abrahamson-Henderson. “Sarah [Royals] and Margarita [Rosario] did a great job finding her and Megan [Craig] in the paint today.”

UAlbany has won 15 consecutive true road games dating back to November 2012.

Megan Craig finished with 14 points off 7-for-10 shooting and five rebounds. Both Margarita Rosario and Sarah Royals contributed seven assists and two steals.

UAlbany travels to New Jersey Institute of Technology next Tuesday night.

UALBANY (81)

Phillip 2-7 1-2 5, Richards 15-18 2-2 32, Craig 7-10 0-0 14, Rosario 3-5 0-0 7, Royals 2-9 2-3 6, Coughlin 0-6 0-0 0, Tate 2-2 1-3 5, Fequiere 1-2 1-1 3, Saunders 0-1 2-2 2, Williams 3-4 0-0 6, Edwards 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 35-64 10-15 81.

DARTMOUTH (59)

Roland 3-6 3-3 9, Schmitt 5-11 0-1 10, Toskovic 3-9 0-0 6, Szabo 8-13 0-0 22, Vereika 2-11 0-0 6, Roman 2-2 0-0 6, Martinez 0-0 0-0 0, Zelinger 0-2 0-0 0, Beresford 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-55 3-4 59.

Halftime: UAlbany, 34-29. Three-point goals: UAlbnay 1-10 (Phillip 0-1, Rosaro 1-1, Royals 0-2, Coughlin 0-4, Fequiere 0-1, Williams 0-1); Dartmouth 10-25 (Toskovic 0-2, Szabo 6-11, Vareika 2-9, Roman 2-2). Rebounds: UAlbany 37 (Richards 12), Dartmouth 29 (Schmitt 10). Assists: UAlbany 16 (Rosaro 7, Royals 7); Dartmouth 18 (Roland 4, Martinez 4). Total fouls: UAlbany 13, Dartmouth 18. A: 382.

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