#Seawolves' bid for first title falls short, will play in WNIT
March 10, 2014
Albany, N.Y. - The No. 2 Stony Brook women's basketball team saw its quest for its first conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth come up short in a 70-46 loss to No. 1 Albany in the America East title game Monday afternoon on ESPNU. Stony Brook, which was led by 12 points each from sophomore forward Brittany Snow and junior forward Sabre Proctor, will play in the WNIT. The postseason berth is the second in Division I program history and first since making the WNIT in 2005-06.
The WNIT field will be announced March 17 after the NCAA Tournament Selection Show at 7 p.m.
The conference crown is the third in a row for Albany (28-4). Shereesha Richards paced the Great Danes with a game-high 26 points and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Head Coach Beth O'Boyle's Reaction
On the game
"Albany played a great game today. They started with intense pressure and forced us to get back on our heels a little bit. I thought we made some great plays to get it close as we tried to cut into their lead, but when you're playing in the championship game, you need to make a few more baskets than we did today. I'm really proud of our players and where we've taken this program. They've done such a good job of buying into our system. It's been a long time since Stony Brook has been in an America East Championship final and gotten a postseason berth, and we're excited about going to the WNIT. I give a lot of credit to Albany and their coaching staff. I thought Shereesha Richards played an extraordinary game today, and we wish them the best of luck representing the America East in the NCAA Tournament."
On the WNIT berth
"It's incredible. I look at my first year when we won a game in January and then didn't win another until the following year. I'm proud of the way we've built this program and that we did it the right way. We have a great support system and academics at Stony Brook. Our facilities are unbelievable. We want this to be what Stony Brook basketball is all about, playing for championships and in the postseason."
Albany shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) in the first half while holding Stony Brook to 20.8 percent (5-for-24) for a 36-20 lead at the intermission.
A Tammy Phillip layup extended Albany's advantage to 17, 40-23, at the 17:23 mark of the second half, but Snow put in a two free throws and a jumper to cut the deficit to 13, 40-27, at 15:59. Megan Craig went 1-for-2 from the stripe as Albany went in front, 41-27, but Proctor scored a layup. Margarita Rosario was called for a kicked ball on the other end, forcing the Great Danes to call timeout with their lead down to 12, 41-29, with 15:20 to play.
Albany countered with a 5-0 run out of the huddle, with four of those points coming from Craig, for a 46-29 advantage at 12:39 and continued to make shots and play swarming defense for the win.
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Stony Brook is headed to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade. First-round games are slated for March 19-21 on campus sites. Stay tuned to GoSeawolves.org next week for more information.