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Craig leads UAlbany women to OT victory

Sunday, January 20, 2013
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— University at Albany’s women’s basketball team dominated the overtime session, 8-1, to win its seventh consec-utive game, 55-48, over perennial America East Conference power Hartford Saturday afternoon at SEFCU Arena.

The defending conference champion Great Danes improved to 5-0 in league play and 14-3 overall, while Hartford slipped to 3-3 and 12-7.

Sophomore center Megan Craig, who at 6-foot-8 is the tallest player in the women’s program history, finished with a game-high 13 points, while senior Ebone Henry totaled six points, 12 rebounds, and six steals for the Great Danes.

The Hawks held a slight advantage to start the second half before UAlbany tied the game for the fifth time at 34-34 on a layup by Henry at 12:36. As in the first half, the two teams exchanged the lead with the biggest advantage coming on a 44-41 UAlbany lead on a Craig layup with 4:38 to go. Hartford would not go away, as Daphne Elliott nailed a three-pointer at 1:55 to put the Hawks back up by one. Sarah Royals had a chance to seal the game up for UAlbany with two free throws with just 29 seconds on the clock, but only hit one, tying the score for the eighth time. Hartford’s Katie Roth missed a long-range shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

The Great Danes will return to action on Wednesday at Boston University. The Terriers are the only other undefeated team in league play.

HARTFORD (48)

Clark 8-11 0-0 16, Smith 1-5 0-0 2, Elliott 2-6 1-2 7, Hall 3-10 1-6 7, Englert 1-2 1-2 4, Bultron 0-0 0-0 0, Roth 1-6 2-3 4, Doherty 0-2 1-2 1, Bepko 2-8 1-3 7. Totals: 18-50 7-18 48.

UALBANY (55)

Forster 4-10 1-2 9, Keya. Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Royals 1-2 2-4 4, Henry 1-9 4-6 6, Lowrie 1-4 5-6 7, Rosario 1-4 0-0 3, Phillip 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 3-7 3-7 9, Craig 5-9 3-5 13. Totals: 18-51 18-30 55.

Halftime: Hartford, 26-22. Regulation: Hartford 47, UAlbany 47. Three-point goals: Hartford 5-18 (Clark 0-1, Smith 0-2, Elliott

2-4, Hall -2, Englert 1-1, Roth 0-2, Bepko 2-6); UAlbany 1-8 (Henry 0-3, Lowrie 0-3, Ros-ario 1-2). Rebounds: Hartford 35 (Clark 5); UAlbany 43 (Henry 12). Assists: Hartford 9 (Hall 4), UAlbany 11 (Royals 4). Personal fouls: Hartford 25, UAlbany 17. Fouled out: Elliott. Officials: Norma Jones, Pastor Torres, Michael Schmidt. Attendance: 756.

 
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