#Seawolves make history in non-conference finale, beat Columbia, 57-54
Jan. 5, 2014
NEW YORK - On the strength of 15 points and a career-high three blocks by sophomore forward Brittany Snow, the Stony Brook women's basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 57-54 win over Columbia, giving the 9-4 Seawolves their highest regular-season non-conference winning percentage (.692) and win total (9) since joining America East in 2001-02.
Junior forward Sabre Proctor reached double digits for the ninth consecutive game with 14 points, while sophomore guard Miranda Jenkins did so for the first time in her career with a career-high 13 points to go along with six boards. Senior point guard Chikilra Goodman chimed in with seven points and seven rebounds.
Courtney Bradford recorded a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds for Columbia (3-11).
Head Coach Beth O'Boyle's Reaction
"I think in the second half, we played poised and were able to grind out a difficult win on the road to close out our non-conference schedule on a good note."
Columbia used a 15-2 run to grab a 26-19 lead with 1:33 left in the first half, but the Seawolves scored 14 unanswered to go ahead by seven, 33-26, when Goodman nailed a trey at the 17:56 mark of the second half. The game continued to be a seesaw affair thereafter.
With Stony Brook ahead by one, 51-50, the Lions' Miwa Tachibana was called for a double dribble with 3:17 on the clock. Snow took advantage of the miscue, scoring a layup on the other end for a 53-50 Seawolves lead at 3:04. After nearly two and a half minutes of scoreless basketball, Snow grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed layup by Goodman. Tori Oliver intentionally fouled Snow, who ranks in the nation's top 100 in free throw percentage. She hit both of her shots, but Taylor Ward came back with a bucket in the paint on the next possession to get Columbia within three, 55-52.
Unable to force a turnover on the inbounds, the Lions fouled Proctor. She went 1-for-2 at the stripe to give Stony Brook a 56-52 lead with nine seconds left, but the home team would not go away as Oliver hit a layup with just two ticks on the clock. The Lions immediately fouled Snow, who made the first but missed the second of her free throws; however, they could not get off a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending the Seawolves back to Long Island with their record-setting ninth win of the year.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook will open America East play when it hosts Hartford Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Seawolves are searching for their first win over the Hawks since 2006. To try to cheer SB to victory, call (631) 632-WOLF or log on to www.goseawolves.org/tickets