Siena, UAlbany women’s basketball to continue annual Albany Cup battle

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The Albany Cup series hasn’t just been one-sided on the men’s side but the women’s games haven’t been close either over the last several years.

Like we highlighted Thursday and what seemed to be common knowledge in the Capital Region, if you are Siena and this has historically been “YOUR” town, you cannot be the one on the losing end.

That’s where the Saints have been for five straight seasons. If you total up the margin of victory UAlbany has had it’s been 91 points.

However unlike the previous five campaigns, this year’s Saints squad is red-hot coming into the Albany Cup.

After starting the year with five straight losses, the green and gold has countered with four straight wins.

Coach Ali Jaques feels her team’s confidence is in a good place with its biggest rival ahead of them.

“Yeah, I think it’s growing. I think we had a little bit of a rough start but we scheduled a tough schedule on purpose. And our team’s been confident and come back and gotten better every day and we just have to keep that momentum growing”, said Coach Jaques.

“These games are bigger than high school games. Conference is bigger than non-conference but UAlbany is definitely one of the biggest games of the year just because essentially everybody’s a home team. I don’t think there’s any pressure. I think we’re the underdogs and I think people don’t expect much from us and I’m fine with that”, said Jaques

If Siena wins, it could be because of its defense. The saints feature the third-best scoring defense in the MAAC.


ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Across town the UAlbany women’s basketball team really has everything to lose Saturday. Ever since Katie Abrahamson’s- Henderson became the Great Danes Head Coach, the purple and gold hasn’t given up the Albany Cup.

Not only is UAlbany the four-time reigning America East Champion but this season, the Danes are right back up there atop the conference again.

“We don’t want to be the first team to lose. We’ve won five years in a row and we still don’t have the respect that they have but you know, we still go out and play hard.”

“I just think it’s a fun opportunity for us to get our name out there and for people to see that, ya know, Siena’s not the only school but you know, Albany’s here too”, said Coach Henderson.

Do you feel any pressure to win this game?

“I don’t personally because like I said, it doesn’t matter. If we lose every single game and then play in our tournament and win the last game of the year that’s all that matters”, said Coach Katie Henderson.

If UAlbany wins it’ll probably be because it has the best offense in the America East led by the conference’s two top scorers.














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