#Seawolves battle hard in 66-51 setback to first-place Albany
Jan. 30, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team gave first-place Albany all that it could handle but fell short in a 66-51 defeat Thursday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. Senior guard Chikilra Goodman led the #Seawolves with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year.
Megan Craig led all scorers with 18 points as the Great Danes improved to 18-3 overall and 8-0 in America East play.
The loss ended Stony Brook's longest winning streak of the season at five games, while Albany extended its conference unbeaten streak to 31 games dating back to the 2011-12 season.
Head Coach Beth O'Boyle's Reaction
"We competed and fought hard for 40 minutes. I thought we did some good things defensively, but the difference in this game was rebounding. Give credit to Albany, that's a well-coached team. They were able to win the battle of the boards in the second half."
The Turning Point
The America East's top two teams in scoring offense engaged in a low-scoring battle in the opening 20 minutes. The Seawolves came out fighting, proving they could hang with the two-time defending champions and taking a six-point lead, 16-10, when Goodman stole the ball from Sarah Royals and drove down the court for a layup-and-one at 5:14. She missed the free throw, but her four consecutive makes from the charity stripe and Sabre Proctor's layup in the final 1:48 sent the Seawolves to the locker room up, 22-14. The lead was the first for an America East team over Albany this season.
After a triple by Goodman put the Seawolves ahead by six, 29-23, with 15:44 on the clock in the second half, Albany scored 12 unanswered over the next 5:24 for a 35-29 advantage at 10:20. Stony Brook stormed back, evening the score at 37-all with 8:09 left after Snow knocked down four straight shots at the line.
The Great Danes went on another run, this time 9-0, to take a 46-37 lead on a pair of Shereesha Richards free throws at 6:25. Stony Brook continued to fight, keeping the score within single digits until Richards recorded a layup with a little under 90 ticks on the clock to make it 57-47.
Inside the Numbers
News and Notes
Stony Brook begins the second half of league play at Hartford Sunday at 2 p.m.