UAlbany women’s basketball heads to Canisius

UAlbany women’s basketball heads to Canisius

ALBANY – University at Albany senior ahead Helene Haegerstrand had about half-hour of contact observe over two days below her belt earlier than returning to the court docket Friday.

“And she hit the primary two photographs. I used to be like ‘Hallelujah!’ coach Colleen Mullen mentioned.

“Whatever comes my way, I’m ready to do it,” Haegerstrand mentioned. “If it was practice, if it was a game, I’d be happy to be a part of it again.”

Haegerstrand, who led the women’s basketball staff in scoring final season, missed the primary 4 video games with an harm. She performed 51 minutes within the Great Danes’ three video games on the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Thanksgiving Tournament, averaging 8.3 factors and a couple of.3 rebounds.

  • When: 19:00 Wednesday
  • Where: Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo
  • Broadcast: ESPN+

“That’s wonderful. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve definitely been waiting and it was exciting to get back out there,” Haegerstrand mentioned of her return. “It’s definitely going to be good to get some practice time with the team and the group again before we play some more games.”

After returning to Albany from Las Vegas on Monday, the Great Danes (3-4) are again on the street, enjoying Canisius at 7:00 pm on Wednesday in Buffalo.

Mullen wasn’t planning something loopy for observe Tuesday.

“Today will be about raising a lot of shots, getting back to basics. Just making sure we’re clear with our offensive execution,” she mentioned.

The Great Danes went 0-3 within the UNLV event with losses to UNLV (which gained the event), East Tennessee State and Stetson.

“We didn’t want the score, but we learned a lot, and we’ll take it, and we’ve got a lot of film to watch,” senior guard Grace Heeps mentioned.

“You virtually have to take that UNLV state of affairs and simply throw it out the window as a result of enjoying in that kind of atmosphere, enjoying the hardest staff, now we have to do every part we are able to to win the sport and depleting all of the starters for it. the subsequent two video games, I’m not too nervous about the place we’re,” Mullen mentioned.

The outcomes might not have been what UAlbany needed, however the staff is concentrated on making these video games a studying expertise.

“All this preparation now is for March,” Heeps mentioned. “We’re playing for the America East championship again and we’re using these games now to make adjustments and adjustments to our team play.”

UAlbany began the season 3-0 with wins over Merrimack, Siena and Navy earlier than dropping to Colgate earlier than the journey out west. The Great Danes are nonetheless with out Lucia Decortes, Kayla Cooper and Morgan Haney, though all three have been dressed for observe on Tuesday.

“Undoubtedly we’ll encounter many disasters, we have already got. And I really feel like now constructing on these moments as a substitute of crumbling, or feeling sorry for ourselves, actually coming collectively in observe and making these tweaks and changes to take the street… it is going to profit us in the long term,” mentioned Heeps.

Days after UAlbany’s loss to Colgate, Canisius beat the Raiders 64-58, getting 20 factors from junior guard Dani Haskell.

Haskell leads Canisius with 16.6 factors per sport and freshman ahead Sisi Eleko averages 6.0 rebounds per sport.

“They’re scrappy and they’re tough,” Mullen mentioned of the Golden Griffins. “They’ve had kind of an up and down start because they’re just young, so we definitely have our work cut out for us. We have to play great defense. An inside presence would be a really good plan against them, but right now we’re fighting inside, scoring in the paint.”

The Great Danes have scored 20 or fewer factors within the paint of their final 4 video games.

UAlbany at Canisius

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Canisius guard Dani Haskell (14) defends against Albany guard Ellen Hahne (10) during an NCAA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Albany, NY

Canisius guard Dani Haskell (14) defends towards Albany guard Ellen Hahne (10) throughout an NCAA basketball sport Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Albany, NY

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Away: Buffalo

Series historical past: 5-3

Last assembly: UAlbany defeated Canisius 65-46 on December 15, 2021, getting 32 factors off the bench.

Registrations: UAlbany 3-4; Canisius 2-4

Transmission: ESPN+

Last day out: UAlbany went 0-3 within the UNLV Thanksgiving Tournament.

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