Jan. 18, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team looks to get back in the win column in a conference match-up with Vermont at Pritchard Gymnasium Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
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- .@SBAthletics WBB is 6-3 at home this season. UVM is 1-10 on the road. #ProtectPritchard #AEHoops
- At 2-2, @Coachoboyle & SB WBB are off to their best start in @AmericaEast play since going 3-1 in `06-07. #seawolvesontherise #AEHoops
- Dani Kluepenger is 13 3 pt. FGs. away from becoming the 5th Seawolf to make 100 career 3 pt. FGs. #danifor3 #AEHoops
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (10-7, 2-2 AE) and Hartford played to a 24-24 tie in the first half, but the Hawks pulled away midway through the second stanza en route to a 59-43 victory Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Chase Family Arena. Sabre Proctor scored nine of her team-best 13 points in the second half and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Teasha Harris, who made her first career start in Seawolves Country, and Chikilra Goodman netted 11 points apiece. Senior Jessica Previlon pulled down a team-high eight boards, while Goodman and Brittany Snow each grabbed five.
Scouting the Catamounts
Although Vermont has a 6-11 overall record, the Catamounts have posted a 3-1 start in conference play after securing a tight road victory at Binghamton, 61-56, Wednesday night. Sophomores Niki Taylor and Annie Wheeler each tallied 14 points. Taylor paces the squad with 8.9 points per game, while Tierra Shumpert is second with 8.3 points per contest. Shumpert, a guard, has also dished out a Catamount-high 57 assists this season. On the glass, Lauren Buschmann leads UVM with 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Seawolves and Catamounts split the series last season, 1-1. Stony Brook won the first meeting on the road, 54-47, behind a career-best 18 points from Dani Klupenger to open America East play at 1-0. The win marked SBU's first victory against Vermont since Feb. 24, 2007, but the Catamounts got revenge in a 63-36 decision at Pritchard Gym on Jan. 28 despite 12 points from Sam Landers. Vermont holds a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series.
Seawolves on the Rise
At 10-7 overall, the Seawolves are off to their best start since going 11-6 in 2005-06 and have already surpassed their win total from last season's 4-26 campaign. SBU's 2-2 mark in conference play marks its best start since jetting off to a 3-1 record in 2006-07. Stony Brook is currently averaging nearly 11 points per game higher than it did last year (54.3 compared to 43.6) and is shooting 39.9 percent from the field (up from 31.3 percent in 2011-12). The Seawolves are hitting an improved 29.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc this year after posting a 26.1 percent clip last season.
Stony Brook ranked eighth out of 23 teams in the NY Metro Poll for the week of Jan. 14, ahead of Fairfield (ninth) and Iona (tenth) and one spot behind Fordham, who the Seawolves defeated, 58-46, on the road Dec. 8.
Stony Brook ranks third in the America East and 33rd nationally in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 53.3 points per game. SBU is 9-0 when allowing less than 54 points.
Landers at the Line
Captain Sam Landers currently ranks second all-time at SBU in free throw percentage (minimum of 100 attempts) with a 76.6 percent clip (108-for-141). She is a perfect 6-for-6 from the line this year.
SBU All-Time Free Throw Percentage (Min. 100 attempts)
1. Jill Cook, 1988-90............................................(.791) 102-129
2. Sam Landers, 2009-Present...........................(.766) 108-141
3. Theresa LoParrino, 2000-04...........................(.760) 266-350
Averaging 10.4 points per game on 44.5 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 year, has led the team in a Seawolf-best scoring six times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double digits in points on eight occasions. The North Carolina A&T transfer, who led SBU with 13 points on Saturday, is also shooting a league-leading 83.9 percent (47-of-56) 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 Goals 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
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)
Rebound that Ball
The Seawolves have fared well in the battle of the boards this season, particularly on the defensive end. SBU ranks 50th in the country and second in the conference in rebounding margin (+5.9) and second in the America East in rebounding defense (31.8). Jessica Previlon is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (3.0). Defensively, Previlon and Goodman are tied for fourth in the America East with 5.8 defensive rebounds per contest.
Five Future Seawolves Ink NLIs
The Stony Brook women's basketball program and head coach Beth O'Boyle have announced the signing of five players to National Letters of Intent. Jasmine Bailey (forward/center, St. John's College High School), Kori Bayne-Walker (guard, Gates Chili High School), Kristie Constantino (guard, Archbishop Carroll High School), Angelica Hauer (center, Seton Catholic Central High School) and Elizabeth Manner (forward, Oakton High School) for the 2013-14 season. For more information, please click here.
Stony Brook hits the road for two-straight road games. The Seawolves take on UMBC Jan. 23 at noon on ESPN3 before squaring off with Maine Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.