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Coach Abe has Danes ready to go

I'm not surprised that the University at Albany women's team was picked No. 1 in the America East Conference preseason coaches poll.

Why not?

The Great Danes won their first league tournament crown and inaugural NCAA playoff berth a year ago. They were 14-2 in league play.

Head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson really knows her stuff, and she has most of her key personnel, including Ebone Henry and Julie Forster, returning.

Look for this defensive-minded team to shine again and at least be near the top of conference standings come tournament time. Another trip to the NCAAs is not out of the question for this group.

UAlbany opens the season Nov. 9 as part of a men's-women's double-header at SEFCU Arena. The unusual part is that the women follow the men at 8:30. Hopefully, the fans at SEFCU will hang around and give the women the support they deserve.

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