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Richards gets another double-double in Great Danes' win

Richards gets another double-double in Great Danes' win

Shereesha Richards recorded her ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 23 points and a ca

Shereesha Richards recorded her ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 23 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, to lead the University at Albany women’s basketball team to a 69-52 victory over Hartford on Sunday in an America East Conference game.

Margarita Rosario went 8-for-8 from the foul line to finish with 12 points, and Megan Craig added 12 points and six rebounds as the Great Danes improved to 2-0 in the conference and 12-3 overall.

“I’m proud of our post players. They were getting crushed down low, and they adjusted well,” said UAlbany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “Our guards helped them, too, setting them up with the ball and getting them free.”

After a slow start, the Danes’ defense took control and held the Hawks (4-12, 1-2 AE) without a basket for over eight minutes, allowing UAlbany to open up a 26-10 lead.

Hartford pulled to within eight at 33-25 with 14:20 left, but the Danes went on an 11-2 run, helped by two baskets by Imani Tate, to push the lead back to 16.

The Danes will be back on the road Thursday, playing at AE newcomer UMass Lowell.

UALBANY (69)

Richards 11-18 1-1 23, Craig 5-7 2-5 12, Rosario 2-8 8-8 13, Royals 2-10 6-8 10, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Coughlin 2-6 0-0 5, Tate 2-5 0-0 4, Phillip 1-5 0-0 2, Fequiere 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-62 17-23 69.

HARTFORD (52)

Clark 0-2 0-0 0, Moore 9-21 3-5 21, Mayza 2-5 0-0 5, Bultron 1-5 0-0 3, Englert 2-4 1-2 5, Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Lumb 1-3 2-2 4, Reaves 2-5 2-3 5, Bepko 3-8 0-1 8. Totals: 20-54 8-13 52.

Halftime: Ualbany, 30-14. Three-point goals: UAlbany 2-11 (Rosario 1-3, Royals 0-2, Williams 0-1, Coughlin 1-4, Fequiere 0-1. Hartford 4-14 (Mayza 1-2, Bultron 1-4, Englert 0-2, Lumb 0-1, Bepko 2-5). Rebounds: UAlbany 43 (Richards 18), Hartford 30 (Moore 10). Assists: UAlbany 10 (Royals 5), Hartford 11 (Englert 3). Total fouls: UAlbany 20, Hartford 22. Fouled out — Royals, Lumb.

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