ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The UAlbany women’s basketball team scored a season opener win against Hofstra on Wednesday.
GAME BOARD: UAlbany 70, Hofstra 41
LOCATION: SEFCU Arena – Albany, NY
RECORDS: UAlbany 1-0, 0-0 America East | Hofstra 0-1, 0-0 CAA
SHORT HISTORY: The Great Danes saw all 13 players with 11 goals in their 29-point opening win against Hofstra on Wednesday evening.
TRAINER COLLEEN MULLEN: “I’m so looking forward to this group of young women. They played together for 40 minutes and it was a total team effort. Hofstra had tremendous athleticism and they really put us under pressure. We kept our composure and carried out. Our defense was great. I am very proud of our efforts tonight. “
- All 13 student-athletes on the list saw time on the court, with 11 scoring at least one point and all 13 contributing to the score with a basket or an assist. Eleven players watched the game for at least 10 minutes.
- Senior guard Ellen Hahne led the team with 17 points and three steals while she also scored four rebounds, two offense. The senior walked 5-9 in the field, 2-3 off the arch and 5-6 on the free throw line.
- With seven rebounds, the senior striker Lucia Decortes achieved six offensive rebounds and a second team high with three assists.
- Associated with Decortes, second guard Kayla Cooper scored three assists in addition to her three rebounds and seven points. She went 3-4 in the field.
- After an injury, Morgan Haney helped in the second year in defense with six rebounds and in offense with two assists.
- Led by striker Koi Sims (7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist), each of the newbies contributed to their first college game – guard Lilly Phillips (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), guard Freja Werth (5 points, 1 Rebound, 2 assists) and guard Abby Ray (1 rebound and 1 assist).
- As a team:
- The Great Danes made 45.5% of their attempts in the field and 36.4% of their three-point attempts.
- With their highest percentages from the first quarter, UAlbany scored over 58% in the field and 75% outside the circle.
- 18 of her points came from an offensive rebound
- 31 points came from the bench
- 12 points were obtained as a result of a turnover
- The Doggen celebrated their first win against Hofstra in program history to open the 2021/22 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game started with Hofstra scoring the first field goal after 29 seconds.
- The Pride held its lead until Ellen Hahne made a successful jumper in the suit and took out a 7-6 lead. The Great Danes never gave up their lead for the remainder of the game.
- The first quarter turned out to be the most accurate quarter, with UAlbany leading at 20:18 at the end of the 10-minute period.
- The second quarter opened with a successful three from Hahne. The Great Danes followed with four more points and scored five stops against the Pride before Hofstra was able to get two points from two good free throws.
- With the biggest difference in points of the entire competition, UAlbany beat the Pride with 19-4 in the second quarter. The Great Danes went into halftime with a 17 point lead.
- After UAlbany found his groove and took off with it, he expanded his lead further and held no less than 20 points ahead in the fourth quarter.
- After opening the half with two good free throws from Hahne, Lilly Phillips took her first college points with two attempts in a row – first from outside, followed by a jumper in the suit.
- Pride held the Great Danes back for four minutes until Kayla Cooper shot out of the paint at 4:35 in the third minute.
- UAlbany finished the quarter 22 points, 53:31.
- When the Great Danes took the lead during the fourth quarter, head coach Colleen Mullen sent the remaining bench to play against all 13 student-athletes.
- UAlbany’s biggest lead came towards the end of the game, just before Hofstra scored the final points of the evening to end the game with a 70:41 Great Dane win.
NEXT: The Great Danes are out for three games, starting with Merrimack on November 16.