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Craig scores 23 to spark Great Danes' win

Craig scores 23 to spark Great Danes' win

Junior center Megan Craig scored 23 points on her birthday, leading the University at Albany women’s

Junior center Megan Craig scored 23 points on her birthday, leading the University at Albany women’s basketball team to a 56-46 victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County Tuesday night.

The Great Danes, now 12-0 in the America East Conference and 22-3 overall, have won a Division I-best 35 consecutive conference games, two shy of the league record of 37 set by Maine in the 1990s.

“UMBC packed it in on us, and our guards were not able to score early,” said UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “The guards got the ball to the baseline in the second half, and Megan [Craig] and Shereesha [Richards] converted their shots.”

Craig shot 10-for-16 from the field, adding 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double in five games.

“It was not our best game tonight, but we came out firing in the second half,” said Craig. “I had to remain calm and concentrate to do my job and get those layups.”

Richards was 8-for-10 on field goals, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season. With six assists on the night, Sarah Royals moved into eighth all-time at UAlbany in assists with 280.

UALBANY (56)

Richards 8-10 2-6 18, Craig 10-16 3-6 23, Coughlin 1-7 0-0 3, Rosario 2-5 0-0 6, Phillip 2-8 0-0 4, Royals 1-5 0-0 2, Tate 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Edwards 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-53 5-12 56.

UMBC (46)

McNaughton 1-2 0-0 2, Tarbert 10-11 0-1 23, O’Donnell 4-10 0-1 8, McCarley 0-5 0-1 0, Russo 2-6 1-1 5, Saling 0-0 0-0 0, Hagaman 4-5 0-1 8. Totals: 21-39 1-5 46.

Halftime: UAlbany, 27-23. Three-point goals: UAlbany 3-13 (Coughlin 1-7, Rosario 2-3, Royals 0-3), UMBC 3-8 (Tarbert 3-3, McCarley 0-1, Russo 0-4). Rebounds: UAlbany 36 (Richards 10, Craig 10), UMBC 20 (McNaughton 4, O’Donnell 4, McCarley 4). Assists: UAlbany 16 (Rosario 6, Royals 6); UMBC 18 (McNaughton 5, McCarley 5). Total fouls: UAlbany 13, UMBC 11. Attendance: 315.

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