Women's Hoops rallies but falls to Albany
Feb. 4, 2012
Albany, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team cut a nine-point second half deficit to two but the Albany Great Danes used a late 14-2 run to pull away for 57-47 victory on Saturday afternoon at SEFCU Arena. Senior Whitney Davis led the Seawolves with 16 points.
"I thought all of our seniors showed great leadership tonight and Tamiel [Murray] and Misha [Horsey] did a great job handling their pressure defense," Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle said. "But Albany just made a few more plays than we did down the stretch."
Junior Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) added 12 points on four three-pointers while senior Tamiel Murray (Teaneck, N.J.) dished out a career-high seven assists. SBU held Albany to 37 percent shooting and turned it over a season-low eight times but the Great Danes grabbed 23 offensive boards and out-rebounded the Seawolves, 46-24.
Ebone Henry paced Albany with 16 points while Julie Forster had nine points and a game-high 17 rebounds.
Albany jumped to a 15-8 lead midway through the first half but the Seawolves answered with an 11-2 run powered by three triples from Klupenger to tie the game at 19. SBU then took their first lead at 23-22 on a put-back from junior Taylor Burner (Port Jefferson, N.Y.).
But the Great Danes then reeled off nine straight points to take an eight-point lead. Junior Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) hit two free throws with 5.8 seconds left but Cassandra Callaway then went the length of the court and scored as time expired to give Albany a 33-25 halftime lead.
Stony Brook shot 43.5 percent in the first half and had an assist on each one of their 10 field goals led by six from Murray SBU also turned the ball over just three times and held the Great Danes to 36.4 percent shooting but Albany pulled down 11 offensive boards that led to 10 second chance points.
The Seawolves trailed by nine early in the second half but Davis then scored six straight SBU points and freshman Kellie Krueger (Wilsonville, Ore.) followed with a jumper to force an Albany timeout and pull Stony Brook within 38-35 with 12:38 left.
Senior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) hit one of two free throws to cut the Albany lead to two before Henry hit a long jumper to push the Great Danes lead back to four.
Two free throws from Murray with 10:16 to go cut the Albany advantage back to two but the Great Danes then went on a 14-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 54-40 lead with four minutes remaining.
Stony Brook got no closer than 10 the rest of the way as Albany hung on for the victory.
The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday, hosting the UMBC Retrievers at Pritchard Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. For ticket information go to GoSeawolves.org/tickets or call 631-632-WOLF.