Jan. 25, 2013
Orono, Maine - Stony Brook women's basketball heads north to face Maine in the second of two straight road contests Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
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1. Chikilra Goodman has notched double figures in scoring for the past five games #chikilrabegood
2. A win today would triple last year's win total for @coachoboyle and the Seawolves. #seawolvesontherise #AEHoops
3. Dani Klupenger is 11 3 pt. FGs. away from becoming the 5th Seawolf to make 100 career triples. #danifor3 #AEHoops
Last Time Out
Watch the replay of the SBU at UMBC game on ESPN3.com
Chikilra Goodman notched 15 points, marking the fifth consecutive game the junior has scored in double figures, but Stony Brook (11-8, 3-3 AE) fell on the road to UMBC, 70-59, Wednesday, Jan. 23. The Seawolves rallied and cut the deficit to six twice in the second half, including climbing back from a 15 point deficit to make the score 47-41 with 7:52 to play, but the Retrievers regained control both times to earn a road victory. Senior Dani Klupenger tallied 11 points and nailed one triple, while sophomore Sabre Proctor posted 10 points and tied a game-high eight rebounds. Brittany Crowell led UMBC with 25 points. The game aired live nationally on ESPN3.com.
Scouting the Black Bears
Maine (1-18, 0-6 AE) has dropped 15 straight games after most recently falling to Vermont, 61-53, Wednesday, Jan. 23. Freshman Liz Wood, who is currently third on the team with an average of 8.3 points per game, poured in a career-best 23 points against the Catamounts. Sophomore Danielle Walczak and junior Ashleigh Roberts lead the Black Bears with 9.4 and 9.2 points per game, respectively. Wood, a guard, paces Maine on the glass with 5.9 boards per contest and is also averaging a team-high 2.4 assists per game.
The Seawolves own a 14-12 all-time record against Maine and are 7-4 in Orono. Stony Brook's largest win against the Black Bears came on March 3, 2011, when SBU routed Maine, 76-55. The Black Bears won all three meetings against the Seawolves in 2012, including a close 49-43 victory in the first round of the America East Championships.
Seawolves on the Rise
At 11-8 overall, the Seawolves have matched their best start since 2005-06 and have nearly tripled their win total from last season's 4-26 campaign. SBU's 3-3 mark in conference play marks its best start since jetting off to a 5-1 record in 2006-07. Stony Brook is currently nearly 12 points per game higher than it did last year (55.3 compared to 43.6) and is shooting 39.5 percent from the field (up from 31.3 percent in 2011-12). The Seawolves are hitting an improved 28.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc this year after posting a 26.1 percent clip last season.
SBU ranked eighth out of 23 teams in the Newsday NY Metro Poll for the week of Jan. 21, one spot behind Fordham, who the Seawolves beat, 58-46, Dec. 8.
Stony Brook ranks third in the America East and 40th nationally in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 54.5 points per game. SBU is 10-0 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 a team-high 10.6 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 scoring in a Seawolf-best seven times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double digits in points on nine occasions. The North Carolina A&T transfer, who tied for an SBU-high 16 points last Saturday in a win over Vermont, is also shooting a league-leading 84.5 percent (49-of-58) from the free throw line.
Century Mark Watch
Dani Klupenger needs just 11 3-pointers to become the fifth Seawolf to make 100 or more 3's in her career. The senior has just five baskets inside the arc this season, three of which came Wednesday at UMBC.
SBU All-Time 3-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.........................89
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
Stony Brook has fared well in the battle of the boards this season, particularly on the defensive end. The Seawolves, who have not finished the year with a positive rebounding margin since 2006-07, are tied with Georgia for 49th nationallyy and second in the conference in rebounding margin (+5.5) and second in the America East in rebounding defense (32.6). Jessica Previlon is third in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (2.9). Defensively, Previlon and Goodman are third and fourth, respectively, in the America East with 5.9 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, see the news release on GoSeawolves.org.
Stony Brook returns to Pritchard Gymnasium to host first-place Albany Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and continues its home stand with New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.