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Dance Card: Albany, America East champions

The Great Danes are the big dogs again.

Who? The Great Danes of Albany- even more precisely and more persnickety, the State University of New York at Albany.

What? Scooby-Doo was not an inspiration for choosing the name Great Danes. Their mascot is Damien, which... is actually a little scary.

Where? Albany, New York, the second oldest state capital in the US.

When? March 16th, in Albany, New York.

Why? They won the America East conference tournament.

How? Megan Craig's 16 points and 7 rebounds led four Great Danes in double figures, and Albany scored the last nine points of the game to take a 61-52 win over Hartford.

Surprise? Predicted to finish first in the conference. They finished the America East season with a perfect conference record, two and a half games ahead of Boston University and six games ahead of second seed Hartford.

RPI: 67

SOS: 312

Record: 27-3 (16-0 America East)

Good wins: At La Salle.

Bad losses: Sam Houston State in Long Beach.

Who's running this show? Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, since 2010, the America East Coach of the Year.

Senior guard Ebone Henry leads the Great Danes with 13.9 points per game. Senior forward Julie Forster adds 9.3 points and a team high 8.2 rebounds. 6-8 sophomore center Megan Craig can be a game-changer off the bench, along with freshman forward Shereesha Richards; neither starts, but both play heavy minutes and average double-digits.