Danes’ coach de­but a loss

Mullen’s first game at Ualbany against No. 22-ranked team

Albany Times Union - - COLLEGES - Staff re­port

The Colleen Mullen era’s first 10 min­utes were hard to over­come for the Univer­sity at Al­bany in its Fri­day night sea­son opener.

Na­tion­ally ranked South Florida jumped out to a 24-10 lead af­ter the first quar­ter on the way to the Great Danes fall­ing, 74-37, in their new coach’s de­but.

Mullen, who spent the past seven years as the top as­sis­tant at Army, saw the Danes shoot 24 per­cent from the field and go 4-for14 from 3-point range at Yuengling Cen­ter in Tampa, Fla.

The No. 22 Bulls were led by guard Laura Fer­reira’s game-high 21 points, while Ualbany trans­fer se­nior for­ward Amanda Kantzy had 17. She was the only Dane in dou­ble dig­its.

Ualbany was out­re­bounded 52-29 and never led. Ualbany’s best stat was lim­it­ing it­self to 14 turnovers, only two more than USF.

Ualbany went 24-8 last sea­son de­spite open­ing the sea­son with a 24-point loss at No. 11 Mary­land. But that was with a dif­fer­ent head coach and a sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pe­ri­enced group. The Danes lost about 80 per­cent of their scor­ing from a sea­son ago. The lone re­turn­ing starter, Heather Forster, av­er­aged 4.6 points and 4.3 re­bounds last year. The 6-foot-2 Hunt­ing­ton na­tive had four points and three re­bounds at USF.

Ualbany fell to 24-30 in sea­son open­ers since 1964.

The Danes will play at Cor­nell on Mon­day (7 p.m.) be­fore the home opener Wed­nes­day (Nov. 14) against Man­hat­tan.

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