Posted at: 01/26/2013 8:00 PM
By: WNYT Sports
ALBANY, N.Y. - With a jumper in the final minute of the first half, Ebone Henry became the all-time leading scorer in UAlbany women's basketball history, while leading the Great Danes to a 59-32 defeat of Vermont in America East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany improves to 16-3 overall, with an unblemished 7-0 league record, while Vermont drops to 7-13, 4-3 in league play.
Henry broke a 27-year-old record, set by Rainny Lesane from 1982-86. Lesane scored 1,481 points in her career with the Great Danes. With a game-high 21 points, Henry now stands at 1,494 career points.
UAlbany scored the first points of the game, as Henry recorded a steal and sent a long pass down the court to Sarah Royals, who laid the ball in off the fast break. Vermont scored the next five points to take a 2-5 lead at 18:24, and that score held until the first media timeout of the half at 15:51. Neither team scored again until 13:48, as Vermont's Lauren Buschmann hit a bucket. The Great Danes finally got back in the scoring column, cutting the Catamount lead to 9-4 on two free throws by Henry at 12:45.
A layup by Henry cut the Great Dane deficit to three, 9-6, by the second media timeout of the game at 11:42. Megan Craig tied the game with an old-fashioned three-point play at 11:09, but Vermont responded on the next possession to keep ahold of the lead. UAlbany took its first lead since the start of the game on a 3-pointer by Lindsey Lowrie from the far left corner, holding a 12-11 advantage at 10:35, but the Catamounts struck again on their next trip down the court on a jumper by Tonya Conley. With one free throw from Henry, the game was tied once again, this time at 13-13 at the eight-minute media timeout, with 7:53 left in the half.
Lowrie drained at 3-pointer at 7:21 to give the Great Danes a 16-13 advantage, and the team never looked back. UAlbany then ended the half on a 12-4 run, capped by Henry's record-breaking basket at 1:04 to hold a 25-17 advantage at the half.
The Great Danes continued to roll to start the second half, as Henry scored six of the team's first seven points of the period, to extend UAlbany's lead to 32-19 at 15:21. The Great Danes extended their advantage to 20 points, 43-23, by the next media timeout at 10:45. Shereesha Richards, who scored two points in the first half, scored eight points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to help UAlbany build its advantage to 45-23 at 10:09.
UAlbany built up its biggest lead of the game at 5:21, as Craig took an assist from Margarita Rosario to push the score to 53-26. Vermont attempted to make a late rally, as Kayla Burchill nailed a 3-pointer, followed by two free throws by Buschmann to cut the UAlbany lead to 53-31. However, Richards converted a Julie Forster steal into two points, while Forster hit a jumper of her own on the next possession to extend the Great Dane lead back to 26 with just over two minutes to play. Tammy Phillip iced the game at 1:10, hitting two free throws to set the final score.
Along with her points total, Henry finished with seven rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Richards came off the bench to finish with 12 points, nine boards, and four steals. The Great Danes shot 44.4 percent (20-45) from the floor, while holding Vermont to 22.9 percent (11-48) shooting, and forcing the Catamounts into 30 turnovers.
UAlbany will return to action on Wednesday, visiting Stony Brook in America East action at 7 p.m.