Sarah Royals had 10 assists in Albany's win over new Hampshire.
Sarah Royals had 10 assists in Albany's win over new Hampshire.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Albany, Boston U., Hartford and Vermont Grab Wins in Wednesday's Action

Release: 01/17/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Several players posted impressive numbers during another full day of America East women's hoops that included the first ESPN3/WatchESPN broadcast of the season.

Two student-athletes went for 10 assists, just the third and fourth time that has happened in the conference this season, and two others went for double-doubles.

Albany (13-3, 4-0) topped New Hampshire (6-10, 1-3) with another impressive performance, 78-43, in a game that was broadcast nationally on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Lindsey Lowrie and Ebone Henry paced the Great Danes with 16 points apiece, while Sarah Royals tied a conference season high and school Division I record with 10 assists. Freshman Shereesha Richards notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Great Danes jumped out early with hot 3-point shooting from Lowrie, who scored all 16 of her points in the first half. An 18-4 run took a nine-point lead to 25 for Albany at 41-16 late in the first half and the Great Danes never looked back. Cari Reed led New Hampshire with 11 points.

Hartford (12-6, 3-2) won its third-straight conference game, edging out UMBC (5-13, 1-4) 51-44 on Wednesday afternoon. After a slow first half that saw the Hawks hold a 16-13 lead at the break, both teams picked-up the scoring in the second half.

Katie Roth led a second half comeback for Hartford, scoring 16 points including 10-straight at one juncture for the home side. Roth finished the game shooting 7-of-10 from the field, including going a perfect 5-of-5 in the final 6:15 to lead Hartford in what was a game-ending 20-7 run. Amber Bepko had 11 in her return to the hardwood, while UMBC was led by Brittany Crowell's 18 points and Dana Lewis had a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.

Vermont (6-11, 3-1) earned its first road win over the season, beating Binghamton (2-16, 1-4), 61-56. The Catamounts used a strong rebounding effort, finishing with a 52-31 advantage on the boards. Vermont led by just three points with less than a minute to go, but were able to grab a pair of offensive rebounds and Tonya Conley converted a free throw with 16 seconds left to seal the game.

Annie Wheeler had a career-high 14 points with Niki Taylor also adding 14 and Tierra Shumpert notched 10 assists. Binghamton was led by Sherae Swinson's career-high 25 points.

Boston U. (15-3, 5-0) continued its strong play, winning its 13th-straight game, 85-54, over Maine (1-16, 0-4). The Terriers shot 47-percent from the floor, hitting nine 3-pointers in the contest while holding the Black Bears to 32-percent shooting and 2-of-23 from downtown.

Chantell Alford led four Terriers in double figures with 21 points. Mo Moran and Whitney Turner had 13 apiece and Rashidat Agboola added 11. Liz Wood had a double-double for Maine with 14 points and 10 boards.

Wednesday, January 16
at Albany 78, New Hampshire 43 - Box Score | Recap
at Hartford 51, UMBC 44 - Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Vermont 61, at Binghamton 56 - Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Boston U. 85, at Maine 54 - Box Score | Recap