Women's hoops rallies but falls to Hartford on senior day

Senior Whitney Davis

Feb. 22, 2012

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Stony Brook, N.Y.  – The Stony Brook women’s basketball team dropped a tightly-contested affair to Hartford on Wednesday, falling by a score of 49-42 on senior day at Pritchard Gymnasium. Senior Whitney Davis (Muskegon, Mich.) paced the Seawolves with 12 points in the game.

The teams traded hoops in the early going and Stony Brook (4-24, 1-14 America East) led 9-8 midway through the first half following a free throw from junior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The Seawolves had just one field goal over the next five minutes but only trailed by three before a hoop from senior Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) ended the drought.

Hartford (19-10, 10-5 America East) scored six of the next eight points to take a 20-15 lead, but free throws by Davis and senior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) cut the deficit to 22-19 as the teams headed into the locker room.

The Hawks scored the first five points of the second half to take an eight-point lead but the Seawolves answered back with two straight hoops to climb within four. Hartford responded with six consecutive points, however, to take a 10-point lead with eight minutes left.

Stony Brook got within six with five minutes remaining when Davis connected on a layup to make it 39-33. After the Hawks extended their advantage back to nine at 44-35, Stony Brook went on a 7-0 run to pull within a bucket with just 35 seconds showing on the second-half clock.

With Hartford ahead, 45-42, in the final minute, Alex Hall missed a free throw, giving Stony Brook an opportunity to corral the rebound and hold for a final possession to tie the score. But the ball caromed off the rim and into the corner where Nikkia Smith was able to collect it, denying the Seawolves a key late possession.

Davis finished the game as the Seawolves’ top scorer with 12 points, while Previlon chipped in seven points and a team-high seven boards. Hall led all scorers in the game with 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

Prior to the game, Stony Brook honored the four seniors who played in their final home game: Davis, Jacobs, Horsey and Tamiel Murray (Teaneck, N.J.).

The Seawolves close out the regular season on Saturday, traveling north to take on Maine. Tip-off from Alfond Arena is set for 2 p.m.