Danes’ coach debut a loss
Mullen’s first game at Ualbany against No. 22-ranked team
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.