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UAlbany women's basketball starts league play with win

UAlbany women's basketball starts league play with win

Great Danes beat Vermont
UAlbany women's basketball starts league play with win
Amanda Kantzy, right, scored 15 points in Thursday's UAlbany win.
Photographer: Erica Miller

ALBANY — Needed one. 

Got one.

“I think it just gives us a jump start,” UAlbany women’s basketball head coach Colleen Mullen said. “We were in a lull.”

That was before Thursday’s 58-49 win at SEFCU Arena against Vermont, a victory that snapped a four-game losing streak for the Great Danes and delivered them a winning start in America East Conference play. Redshirt senior Amanda Kantzy had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead UAlbany, while freshman Helene Haegerstrand scored a dozen points, and junior Kyara Frames collected nine points, six rebounds and nine assists.

“The out-of-conference play, like Coach always says, that’s just practice for us,” Frames said. “We don’t let that discourage us or make us feel like we’re not a good team.”

UAlbany (1-0, 5-9) looked the part of a team capable of making some noise in the America East this season in a win that saw Vermont (0-1, 6-8) never lead in the game’s final three quarters. UAlbany led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter.

“Conference is a whole new ball game for us, and this is our time to show what we can do,” Frames said.


After a 1-5 start, UAlbany won three games in a row before it lost its rivalry matchup with Siena. That defeat started a four-game losing streak in which the Great Danes scored 46 or fewer points on three occasions.

Against Vermont, though, UAlbany consistently made the extra pass. The Great Danes only made 23 of 53 shots from the field, but UAlbany recorded assists on 17 of the team’s made baskets.

“That’s tremendous and that just shows unselfish basketball, and that’s what I want this team to be about,” Mullen said.

Meanwhile, UAlbany used a combination of zone and man-to-man defenses to cause problems for Vermont throughout Thursday’s matchup. The Catamounts entered the game shooting 41.9% from the field, but Vermont made 33.9% of its field-goal attempts and only earned four free throws.

“That’s where we know we can win games,” Kantzy said of the Great Danes’ performance on the defensive end of the court.

For Vermont, junior Josie Larkins led with 15 points. Hannah Crymble entered the game averaging a team-best 17 points per game, but the senior fouled out after scoring 11 points in 30 minutes on 5 of 16 shooting from the floor.

Off its win, UAlbany hosts Sunday one of the America East’s top teams in Binghamton, a squad off to an 11-2 start this season. Former Shenendehowa High School star Carly Boland is one of Binghamton’s top players, while senior Kai Moon is averaging 21.4 points.

“To compete against a really good Binghamton team,” Mullen said, “we have to have a total team effort.”


Crymble 5-16 0-0 11, Richason 4-9 0-0 11, Wells 1-4 1-2 4, Larkins 6-17 0-0 15, Utterback 2-9 2-2 6, Settlemeyer 1-1 0-0 2, McCauley 0-0 0-0 0, Whiteside 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-56 3-4 49.


Kantzy 7-15 0-0 15, Schecter 4-8 0-2 8, Frames 2-7 4-5 9, Stokes 1-4 0-2 2, Conroy 2-6 2-2 7, Om 2-3 0-0 5, Haegerstrand 5-8 2-4 12, Decortes 0-0 0-0 0, Aslan 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 23-53 8-15 58.

Vermont 9 15 11 14 — 49

UAlbany 11 18 13 16 — 58

Three-point shooting: Vermont 8-24 (Crymble 1-3, Richason 3-7, Wells 1-2, Larkins 3-11, Utterback 0-1), UAlbany 4-13 (Kantzy 1-2, Frames 1-5, Conroy 1-4, Om 1-1, Johnson 0-1). Rebounds: Vermont 26 (Crymble 9), UAlbany 41 (Kantzy 9). Assists: Vermont 13 (Utterback 10), UAlbany 17 (Frames 9). Turnovers: Vermont 11, UAlbany 14. Total fouls: Vermont 18, UAlbany 8. Fouled out: Crymble, Utterback. Attendance: 819.

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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