No. 2 #Seawolves down No. 3 UNH, 79-59, to earn second-ever berth in America East title game

Goodman tallied 13 points and 11 boards for her seventh double-double of the year
 
Goodman tallied 13 points and 11 boards for her seventh double-double of the year
 
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March 9, 2014

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Albany, N.Y. –The No. 2 Stony Brook women’s basketball team moved one step closer to its first conference crown with a 79-59 win over No. 3 New Hampshire in the America East Semifinals Sunday afternoon at SEFCU Arena. Senior guard Teasha Harris paced five Stony Brook players in double figures with 16 points, and classmate Chikilra Goodman recorded her team-high seventh double-double of the season on 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The #Seawolves (24-7) will play No. 1 Albany, which they beat at SEFCU March 1, in their second title game in program history Monday at 4 p.m. They tied their all-time single-season wins record of 24 set in 1986-87 at the Division III level. The postseason berth is the second ever for Stony Brook and first since playing in the WNIT in 2005-06. 

There will be a free fan bus to the title game that will leave from the stadium lot Monday at 11 a.m. There are no sign-up sheets. It is first come, first serve. Contact Chris Murray at chris.murray@stonybrook.edu with questions.

Elizabeth Belanger led all scorers with 18 points, with 12 coming in the opening half for New Hampshire (19-12).

Head Coach Beth O’Boyle’s Reaction

“We look at New Hampshire with such respect. I’ve been so impressed with Coach [Maureen] Magarity and how she’s built her program, and I think Kelsey Hogan is one of the best players in the league. We knew that we would have to play a great game and be on the same page defensively to come away with a victory.  New Hampshire made us work, and I’m really impressed with our team’s ability to defend and get to the offensive glass. I felt that those were two things that really helped us earn the win.”

Turning Point


 

 

The Seawolves took a 27-15 lead when Jenkins capped a 6-0 run with a layup at 7:58 of the first half. The Wildcats outscored them, 15-6, thereafter to pull to within six, 36-30, at the break.

Belanger opened the second half with a bucket inside to cut the advantage to four, 36-32, at 19:44. Stony Brook’s defense buckled down, causing UNH to go 0-for-9 for more than six minutes while its offense rattled off 10 unanswered points.

Goodman started things off with a trifecta and layup that put Stony Brook up nine, 41-32, with 18:26 left. Brittany Snow fed Sabre Proctor for a mid-range jumper about 2:30 later, and two free throws from Jessica Ogunnorin and one from Kori Bayne-Walker made it a 46-32 game with 13:42 to play.    

Stony Brook stayed up by double digits the rest of the way, taking its largest lead of the game, 67-43, when Harris converted a three-point play at 5:02.

Inside the Numbers

  • Ogunnorin reached double digits in scoring for the seventh consecutive time with 14 points to go along with seven boards.
  • Proctor posted 13 points for her 25th game in double figures this season and 40th of her two-year career.
  • Bayne-Walker tallied 10 points and tied Goodman with a team-high for helpers. 
  • Jenkins tallied seven points.
  • The Seawolves nearly doubled up the Wildcats on the glass, 48-25. They held a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounding.
  • After the Wildcats shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field in the opening stanza, SBU’s defense held them to 39.7 percent (23-for-58) shooting in the second half. Stony Brook shot 57.1 percent (15-for-29) in the second half and 43.8 percent (28-for-64) overall.
  • The Seawolves were 85.7 percent (18-for-21) from the line.  
  • Stony Brook’s bench outscored UNH’s, 28-15.
  • SBU owned a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint.

News and Notes

  • Harris’ 16 points were one shy her career high of 17, which she hit twice this season against UMass Lowell (1/18, 2/15).
  • SBU is on a nine-game winning streak, its longest in Division I history.
  • Stony Brook’s last trip to the finals came in its first season in the league as the No. 7 in 2001-02.
  • The Seawolves improved to 8-12 in the America East Championship.
  • SBU is 12-19 all-time against New Hampshire but took two of the three meetings this season.
  • The WNIT takes the highest remaining team from all 32 Division I conferences based on regular-season standings. This is different than the selection process for the men’s tournament.

Up Next

Stony Brook vies for its first #Chance2Dance at the Division I level against Albany Monday at 4 p.m. The game will air live nationally on ESPNU. A loss would put the Seawolves in the WNIT.