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Richards, Craig spark UAlbany women

Richards, Craig spark UAlbany women

Sophomore forward Shereesha Richards and junior center Megan Craig combined for 46 point to power th

Sophomore forward Shereesha Richards and junior center Megan Craig combined for 46 point to power the University at Albany women’s basketball team to a 93-47 victory over UMass-Lowell Tuesday night at SEFCU Arena.

The Great Danes (20-3 overall, 10-0 America East Conference) are tied with Hampton for the longest Division I conference-winning streak at 33-consecutive America East victories, the second longest in league history behind Maine’s 37 straight from 1995 to 1997.

“[UMass Lowell] was trying different things defensively in the game, including not double-teaming,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “We made sure to play aggressively all game.”

Richards shot 14-for-21 from the field for 29 points, and matched a season-high five steals. With 503 points on the season, she is the first UAlbany player to score over 500 points in a single season.

“We came out ready to go, starting with our guards,” said Richards. “We did not get our usual double-teams, and we stayed aggressive on offense and on defense.”

Craig earned a double-double, her third of the year, by the end of the first half, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

UMASS-LOWELL (47)

Fiola 2-5 0-0 5, Doucette 2-6 5-7 9, Lomanno 0-2 0-0 0, Samuels 2-10 6-6 12, McRoy 5-11 3-5 13, Griffin 0-0 2-2 2, Gonsalves 0-0 2-2 2, Mitchell 0-1 0-0 0, McCarron 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0, Stewart 0-0 0-0 0, Frase 0-1 0-0 0, Dunphy 2-5 0-1 4, Parra 0-0 0-0 0, Hayner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-42 18-23 47.

UALBANY (93)

Richards 14-21 1-2 29, Craig 8-13 1-2 17, Coughlin 3-4 0-1 9, Rosario 2-4 0-0 5, Phillip 2-5 0-0 4, Royals 0-3 8-11 8, Tate 2-4 1-2 5, Fequiere 1-4 4-4 6, Saunders 1-2 0-0 2, Williams 2-5 0-0 4, Edwards 2-6 0-0 4. Totals: 37-71 15-22 93.

Halftime: UAlbany, 47-25. Three-point goals: UMass-Lowell (3-18 (Fiola 1-2, Doucette 0-2, Lomanno 0-2, Samuels 2-7, McRoy 0-1, Mitchell 0-1, Frase 0-1, Duphy 0-1, Hayner 0-1); UAlbany 4-6 (Coughlin 3-4, Rosario 1-1, Royals 0-1). Rebounds: UMass-Lowell 24 (Doucette 11), UAlbany 47 (Craig 11). Assists: UMass-Lowell 11 (Doucette 4), UAlbany 21 (Rosario 7). Total fouls: UMass-Lowell 22, UAlbany 23. Attendance: 484.

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