Women's hoops looks to make it three straight at Hartford

Chikilra Goodman has led Stony Brook in scoring the past two games.

Jan. 11, 2013

Hartford, Conn.- After defeating Binghamton in resounding fashion Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym, the Stony Brook women's basketball team (10-6, 2-1 AE) travels to Hartford in search of its third consecutive win on Saturday at 2 p.m. 

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  •  Chikilra Goodman of the @SBAthletics WBB team has reached double figures in scoring for 2 straight gms. #AEHoops #chikilrabegood
  •  Dani Kluepenger is 13 3 pters. away from becoming the 5th Seawolf to make 100 career 3 pt. FGs. #danifor3 #AEHoops
  •  .@Coachoboyle and SBU WBB have already surpassed last yrs'. AE and overall win totals #AEHoops #Seawolvesontherise

Last Time Out 

Chikilra Goodman posted a game-best 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while Jessica Previlon scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high 10 boards as Stony Brook routed Binghamton, 56-34, at home Wednesday evening. Brittany Snow added 10 points to help SBU notch its second straight victory. Stony Brook owned the edge on the glass, outrebounding the guests by a 44-39 margin. The Seawolves used a 14-0 run beginning at the 11:26 mark in the first half to put the game squarely out of reach and led 35-18 at the half.



Scouting the Hawks
After dropping its first two games in conference play, Hartford (10-6, 1-2 AE) routed Maine, 52-37, Wednesday night. Senior Nikkia Smith notched 15 points and eight rebounds to help the Hawks, ranked 15th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll, snap a three-game skid. Smith paces the squad with 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, while Amber Besko and Daphne Elliott are averaging 10.5 and 7.6 points per game, respectively. Alyssa Englert is dishing out an average of 3.1 assists per contest. 

Series History
Stony Brook is 6-20 all-time against Hartford, including an 0-2 mark last season. After falling to Hartford on the road, 63-44, Jan. 25, the Seawolves rallied from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes remaining to pull within two on Feb. 22 at Pritchard Gym. Hartford sealed the 49-42 victory by making four-straight free throws in the final minute. Stony Brook last defeated Hartford on Feb. 22, 2006. 

Seawolves on the Rise: The Stats
At 10-6, the Seawolves have matched their best start since 2005-06 and have already surpassed their win total from last season's 4-26 campaign. Stony Brook is currently averaging more than 11 points per game higher than it did last year (55.0 compared to 43.6) and is shooting 40.2 percent from the field (up from 31.3 percent in 2011-12). The Seawolves are hitting an improved 29.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc this year after posting a 26.1 percent clip last season. The team's best start in Division I competition came in 1999-00 when SBU began the year at 11-5. 

Seawolves on the Rise: The Video
Each month, the Stony Brook women's basketball team produces a behind-the-scenes video featuring an aspect of life on the squad. This month, take a peek at the academic support Stony Brook student-athletes receive with women's basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle.  

Regional Recognition
Stony Brook ranked fifth out of 23 teams in the NY Metro Poll for the week of Jan. 9, ahead of Army (sixth) and Fordham (seventh) and one spot behind Rutgers.

Envelope Please...
Two Seawolves have picked up America East weekly awards this season. Most recently, Chikilra Goodman nabbed Player of the Week honors after averaging 18 points and 14 boards in wins over Sacred Heart and Fordham Dec. 4 and Dec. 8, respectively. Brittany Snow was selected Rookie of the Week for her 12-point effort against Morgan State in her collegiate debut Nov. 18. 
Player of the Week................... Chikilra Goodman (12/10/12)
Rookie of the Week.......................... Brittany Snow (11/19/12) 

Sabre Metrics
Averaging 10.2 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting, Sabre Proctor has provided a spark off the bench for Stony Brook this season. The junior, who has started only four games this season, has led the team in scoring five times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double digits in points on seven occasions. Procter, a transfer from North Carolina A&T, is also shooting 42-of-51 from the free throw line. 

Century Mark Watch
Dani Klupenger needs just 13 three-pointers to become the fifth Seawolf to make 100 or more 3's in her career. Klupenger is shooting 33.3 percent from downtown this year, converting 18-of-54 shots from three-point territory. The senior has just one basket inside the arc this season.

SBU All-Time Three Point Field Goal Made
1. Myeema Ford, 2003-07...................................181
2. Donna Fennessy, 1994-98..............................170
3. Kelly Watson, 2003-07....................................123
4. Theresa LoParrino, 2000-04...........................102
5. Dani Klupenger, 2009-Present.......................87                                         

Stony Brook ranks third in the America East and 42nd nationally in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 54.6 points per game. SBU is 9-0 when allowing less than 54 points. 

Rebound that Ball
The Seawolves have fared well in the battle of the boards this season, particularly on the defensive end. SBU ranks first in the America East in rebounding defense (31.8) and second in rebounding margin (+6.2). Jessica Previlon is second in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (3.1). Defensively, Chikilra Goodman is tied for third in the America East with 5.9 rebounds per game, while Previlon holds strong at fifth with 5.8 per contest.

All of the Lights
A live stream of every SBU home game is available on GoSeawolves.org. The Stony Brook/UMBC game on Jan. 23 will be streamed live on ESPN3. In addition, the entire 2013 America East tournament will be streamed live on ESPN3. Optiumum Local picked up two women's basketball games, Jan. 9 against Binghamton and Feb. 20 against UMBC at 1 p.m.  

Up Next
After a bye on Wednesday, the Seawolves return to Pritchard Gym Jan. 19 for a Saturday matinee against Vermont at 2 p.m.