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AEC: Season 2012-2013

AEC Ranking
 1. Albany 16-0(25-3) 
 2. Boston U. 13-2(23-5) 
 3. Hartford 10-6(20-10) 
 4. Stony Brook 6-10(14-15) 
 5. New Hampshire 6-10(11-17) 
 6. UMBC 6-10(10-20) 
 7. Vermont 6-10(10-20) 
 8. Binghamton 5-11(6-24) 
 9. Maine 3-12(4-24) 

University at Albany wins the USA AEC 2012-2013 title

AEC Men 2012-2013
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University at Albany 2012-13
Katie Abrahamson-Henderson Katie Abrahamson-Henderson Abrahamson-Henderson
Megan Craig
Julie Forster
Ebone Henry
Lindsey Lowrie
Sarah Royals
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
32  Craig Megan 203 (6'8'') C 93 New Zealand
11  Forster Julie 183 (6'0'') F 91 USA
5  Henry Ebone 178 (5'10'') G/F 91 USA
10  Lowrie Lindsey 168 (5'6'') G 90 USA
4  Royals Sarah 175 (5'9'') G/F 93 USA
14  Phillip Tammy 180 (5'11'') G British Virgin Islands
25  Richards Shereesha 185 (6'1'') F USA
24  Williams Keyontae 175 (5'9'') USA
3  Rosario Margarita 168 (5'6'') G USA
1  Coughlin Erin 168 (5'6'') G USA
33  McVey Taylor 190 (6'3'') USA
21  Williams Keyana 188 (6'2'') F 91 USA
2  Couch Cyndra 180 (5'11'') F USA
Head Coach: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson
Coach Assistant: Kelly Komara
Coach Assistant: Mary Grimes
Coach Assistant: Tahnee Balerio

Albany Tops Hartford to Win Second-Straight Women's Basketball Title - Mar 18, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. The University at Albany womens basketball team claimed its second-straight America East title with a, 61-52, win over No. 2 seed University of Hartford in the 2013 America East championship game on Saturday night at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

The Great Danes (27-3, 16-0) became just the fourth team in America East history and the first since Maine in 1996 to go unbeaten in the America East regular season and go on to win the conference tournament title.

Albany also became just the fourth school in America East history to win both the mens and womens titles in the same season. Northeastern accomplished the feat three-straight years from 1985-87, while Boston U. did it in 1988 and Vermont in 2010.

Megan Craig (6'8''-C-93) led Albany with 16 points and seven rebounds and was named the tournaments Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ebone Henry (5'10''-G/F-91), Lindsey Lowrie (5'6''-G-90) and Julie Forster (6'0''-F-91). Hartford (21-11, 10-6) senior Nikkia Smith (6'1''-F) also was named to the team.

The Great Danes ended the game on a 9-0 run over the final 1:30, breaking a 52-52 tie and earning the teams second-straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The Great Danes finished the game shooting 44.2-percent from the floor and held a 38-31 rebounding advantage over the Hawks.

Hartford ended the first half on a 10-1 run to turn an eight-point deficit into a one-point lead over Albany at the break. The Hawks shot 40-percent from the floor in the first half and had eight different players get in the scoring column, led by six points each from
Amber Bepko (5'9''-G) and Smith.

After Bepkos four-point play with 16:29 left in the first half gave the Hawks an 8-5 lead, Albany forced three-straight turnovers and went on a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to take an 18-10 lead. The stretch was capped by a 3-pointer from Lowrie, who was one of four Great Danes to score in the first half. Forster also had eight points while Craig had six and
Shereesha Richards (6'1''-F) had three.

The Albany lead hovered between four and six for much of the half, but the Hawks held the Great Danes without a field goal for the 6:41 of the frame to make their run.
Shanise Bultron (5'8''-G) hit the two big shots for Hartford, knocking down a pull-up jumper to cut the deficit to one and then making the go-ahead field goal with 48 seconds left in the half. It was the first lead for Hartford since the 16:29 mark.

The Hawks led by as many as four points in the second half, including as late as 9:30 remaining in the game following a jumper by Smith that made it 40-36. Smith led all scorers with 18 points in the contest.

The Great Danes responded with a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the second half at 46-40 with just over seven minutes to play. Henry scored her first two baskets of the game during the run, including the go-ahead layup.

Smith kept the Hawks in the game, scoring six of the teams next 12 points. With Albany leading by four points with under three minutes to play, freshman
Katie Roth (6'2''-F) hit a jumper and Smith hit the game-tying layup with 1:30 remaining, knotting the game at 52 apiece.

The Great Danes took control from there, scoring the final nine points of the contest. Point guard
Sarah Royals (5'9''-G/F-93) scored what proved to be the game-winning bucket, driving the middle of the lane for a layup with just than a minute and a half to play.

On the ensuing possession, Craig forced a clutch turnover with a steal, and followed that with a layup on the other end to extend the lead to four points.

Smith would miss a jumper on the next possession for Hartford and Richards pulled down the rebound for the Great Danes. Albany hit four of its final five free throws to close out the game.

Albany has won 28-straight games over America East opponents dating back to last season, and are the first No. 1 seed to win the America East title since 2008. The Great Danes are only the fourth team since 2002 to win both the conference regular season and tournament titles.

Courtesy of AEC

AEC Tournament Final: Albany - Hartford 61-52

AEC Tournament Semifinals:
Albany - New Hampshire 71-57
Hartford - Vermont 64-33

All-AEC 1st Team 2012-2013
Megan Craig
Ebone Henry
Chantell Alford
Mo Moran
Julie Forster

All-Tournament MVP: Megan Craig (6'8''-C-93) of Albany
Co-Player of the Year: Ebone Henry (5'10''-G/F-91) of Albany
Co-Player of the Year: Chantell Alford (5'8''-G-91) of Boston U.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ebone Henry (5'10''-G/F-91) of Albany
Co-Rookie of the Year: Liz Wood (5'10''-F-93) of Maine
Co-Rookie of the Year: Shereesha Richards (6'1''-F) of Albany
Coach of the Year: Katie Abrahamson-Henderson of Albany

1st Team
G/F: Ebone Henry (5'10''-91) of Albany
G: Chantell Alford (5'8''-91) of Boston U.
G: Mo Moran (5'7''-90) of Boston U.
F: Julie Forster (6'0''-91) of Albany
F: Rashidat Agboola (6'1''-92) of Boston U.

2nd Team
F: Nikkia Smith (6'1'') of Hartford
G: Amber Bepko (5'9'') of Hartford
F: Morgan Frame (6'1'') of New Hampshire
G: Cari Reed (6'0''-91) of New Hampshire
G: Raven Harris (5'7''-90) of UMBC

3rd Team
C: Megan Craig (6'8''-93) of Albany
G: Lindsey Lowrie (5'6''-90) of Albany
F: Sherae Swinson (6'0'') of Binghamton
F: Sabre Proctor (6'0'') of Stony Brook
F/C: Lauren Buschmann (6'2'') of Vermont

All-Defensive Team
Ebone Henry (5'10''-G/F-91) of Albany
Rashidat Agboola (6'1''-F-92) of Boston U.
Raven Harris (5'7''-G-90) of UMBC
Julie Forster (6'0''-F-91) of Albany
Jasbriell Swain (5'8''-G) of Binghamton

All-Tournament Team
Megan Craig (6'8''-C-93) of Albany
Ebone Henry (5'10''-G/F-91) of Albany
Lindsey Lowrie (5'6''-G-90) of Albany
Julie Forster (6'0''-F-91) of Albany
Nikkia Smith (6'1''-F) of Hartford

All-Rookie Team
Liz Wood (5'10''-F-93) of Maine
Shereesha Richards (6'1''-F) of Albany
Morgan Murphy (5'10''-F) of Binghamton
Katie Roth (6'2''-F) of Hartford
Elizabeth Belanger (5'10''-G) of New Hampshire
Brittany Snow (6'0''-F-93) of Stony Brook

All-Academic Team
Rashidat Agboola (6'1''-F-92) of Boston U.
Julie Forster (6'0''-F-91) of Albany
Lauren Buschmann (6'2''-F/C) of Vermont
Alex Hall (5'7''-G) of Hartford
Dani Klupenger (5'9''-G-91) of Stony Brook

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