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The Great Danes Split Their First Two Home Games

By Edwards Kemedjio

Morgan Haney in her collegiate debut vs. Columbia. Jay Bendlin / Albany Student Press

The University at Albany women’s basketball team opened its 28 th season at SEFCU arena with two home games against the Columbia and Cornell, posting a 1-1 record.

It was a tale of two different games, as the Great Danes won an overtime thriller 82-78 against

Columbia and were dominated 71-51 three nights later by Cornell.

UAlbany senior forward Lexi Schecter showed explosive promise in the season’s opening game.

She recorded a career-high 31 points, on 13-15 shooting, along with 11 rebounds for her second career double-double.

“It feels great just having the confidence from my coaches and my players just get the ball inside to me,” Schecter said after the home opener. “I’m just glad I can do what I do and contribute to the team.”

Freshman guard Morgan Hanley showed why head coach Colleen Mullen gave her the starting nod right away, scoring 14 points in both outings. Her 14 against Cornell led the team, shooting 6-11 from the field.

Redshirt senior Amanda Kantzy recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10

rebounds, six offensive, against Columbia.

Star junior Kyara Frames, however, was not her productive self in the early season. While she

had 17 points in the Columbia game, on 5-21 shooting, she failed to register a point on 11 shots

against Cornell.

“She’s our point guard,” head coach Colleen Mullen said. “The game goes as she goes and as

long as she’s out there, I trust her to play the right way.”

The Great Danes have only shot 23 percent on 56 three-point attempts and are averaging 15

turnovers per game to start the season. They have also been dominated inside, as they are

outscored by 48 points inside the paint and gave up 21 ofensive rebounds against Columbia.

UAlbany will look to improve in a road matchup against Marist Wednesday, Nov. 13.


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