Nov. 8, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. - Sarah Royals scored 16 of her game-high 21 points in the first half as UAlbany defeated Siena Women's Basketball 69-42 in the season-opening Albany Cup at the Times Union Center. Siena freshman Meghan Donohue led the Saints with 13 points in her collegiate debut.
UAlbany scored the first 13 points and led by as many as 32 in winning the Albany Cup for a fourth straight year. Siena shot just 26.2% (16-61) from the field including 1-21 from three.
The Great Danes held the Saints scoreless for the first 7:57 and without a field goal for the first 12:08 in taking a 43-15 halftime lead. UAlbany shot 58.6% (17-29) from the field in the opening stanza including 6-8 from three.
Siena outscored the Great Danes in the second half thanks to their pressure defense and some solid collegiate debuts from their freshmen. The Saints, which led the MAAC forcing 19.5 turnovers per game last season, swiped 12 steals in turning over UAlbany 28 times.
The first Siena freshman to start a season opener in five years, Donohue was a bright spot shooting 5-10 from the floor and adding six rebounds. Classmates Brianna Logan and Emia Willingham each added five points off the bench. Junior captain Tehresa Coles contributed 12 points on 6-9 shooting.
But the two-time defending America East Champions proved to have too much firepower. Reigning conference Co-Rookie of the Year Shereesha Richards posted a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four steals and Margarita Rosario added 14 points on 6-9 shooting.
The Saints have eight days before their second game of the season when they travel to Fairleigh Dickinson for a 2 p.m. tip next Saturday.