Round one of the America East heavyweight battle in women's basketball is over. The winner - Albany over Maine 64-59.

The co-champions from a year ago battled in upstate New York for 40 minutes. the Great Danes had a double digit lead in the first half. The Black Bears came back in the second half to make it very close.

Sigi Koizar led the Black Bears with 17.

Shereesha Richards had 34 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Great Danes.

Maine falls to 3-1 in AE play (12-7 overall).

Albany is now 4-0 AE (13-3 overall).

MAINE TEAM STATISTICS ALBANY (N.Y.)
42.2% ( 19-45) Field Goal % 47.2% ( 25-53)
31.6% ( 6-19) 3pt Field Goal % 25.0% ( 2-8)
75.0% ( 15-20) Free Throw % 70.6% ( 12-17)
25 Rebounds 29
15 Assists 14
13 Turnovers 12
11 Points off Turnovers 8
5 2nd Chance Points 13
22 Points in the Paint 24
6 Fastbreak Points 0
3 Bench Points 17
3 Largest Lead 9
3rd-05:25 Time of Largest Lead 2nd-01:53