Women's hoops clashes with Hartford Sunday

Gatling has started all but one game for SBU this season
 
Gatling has started all but one game for SBU this season
 
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Feb. 8, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team looks to get back in the win column in a home contest with Hartford Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m., was moved to Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. earlier in the day. The sold-out pregame clinic for children ages 6-16 has been cancelled. Registrants can receive two free tickets for a game of their choice based on availability and should email christina.rondeau@stonybrook.edu for details. The Boys & Girls Club promotion has been moved to Feb. 23, with the special clinic rescheduled for Feb. 24 from 11-12:30.

Last Time Out

Sabre Proctor paced the Seawolves with 14 points, while Chikilra Goodman added 10 points, seven rebounds and four helpers, but Stony Brook (12-11, 4-6 AE) fell to second-place Boston University, 64-45, Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Case Gymnasium. Gerda Gatling also pulled down seven boards to tie Goodman for the team-high in rebounds. The Seawolves trailed, 6-5, three minutes into the game, but the Terriers tallied nine-straight points and never looked back.

Scouting the Hawks  

Hartford (15-8, 6-4 AE) most recently defeated Binghamton, 65-50, at home on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Senior forward Nikkia Smith paces the Hawks with 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore Amber Bepko is averaging 10.2 points per contest. Junior guard Alyssa Englert has dished out a team-best 72 assists on the season.

Series History

Stony Brook played tough against Hartford when the two teams met on Jan. 12, but the Hawks scored 10 of the game's final 16 points to close out a 59-43 win at home. SBU last defeated Hartford on Feb. 22, 2006 and are 6-21 all-time against the Hawks.

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1. .@CoachOBoyle and the Seawolves have tripled their win total from last season #AEHoops
2. After starting just 4 times through SBU's 1st 19 games, Proctor has started the last 3 #Sabremetrics #AEHoops
3. Dani Klupenger is 4 3 pt. FGs. away from becoming the 5th Seawolf to make 100 career triples. #danifor3 #AEHoops

Regional Recognition

Stony Brook ranked 10th out of 23 teams in the NY Metro Poll, released Feb. 5.

Century Mark Watch

Dani Klupenger needs just four 3-pointers to become the fifth Seawolf to make 100 or more 3's in her career. She has nailed four triples three times this season, most recently at Maine on Jan. 26.

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.........................96 

D-Fence

Opponents are shooting just 37.8 percent from the field against Stony Brook, the third lowest percentage in the league. The Seawolves are fourth in the America East in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 55.7 points per game. SBU is 11-0 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

Sabre Metrics

Averaging a team-high 11 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting, Sabre Proctor has been an immediate contributor in her first season for Stony Brook. The junior, who has started three games in a row after starting just four of SBU's first 19 contests, has led the team in scoring a Seawolf-best ten times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double-digits in points on 14 occasions. The North Carolina A&T transfer, who netted a game-high 17 points against UNH, is fourth in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 77.8 percent (56-for-72) from the charity stripe.

Seawolves on the Rise

Stony Brook has tripled its win total from last season and is currently averaging nearly 11 points per game higher than it did last year (54 compared to 43.6) on an improved field goal percentage (38.6 percent in 2012-13 compared to 31.3 percent in 2011-12).

Stony Brook Starts Solid

Stony Brook's 11-8 record through its first 19 games matched its best start since 2005-06. The Seawolves' 3-3 beginning to conference play marked its best start since jetting off to a 5-1 record in 2006-07.               

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)

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 second in the conference in rebounding margin (+3.4) and rebounding defense (33.5). Jessica Previlon is third in the league in rebounding and offensive rebounds with 8.0 and 2.9 per game, respectively. Defensively, Goodman and Previlon are third and fifth, respectively, with 5.4 and 5.1 boards per game. 

Five Future Seawolves Ink NLIs

The Stony Brook women's basketball program and head coach Beth O'Boyle have announced the signingsof 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) will join SBU for the 2013-14 season. For more information, see the news release on GoSeawolves.org.

Double Trouble

Jessica Previlon is tied with Boston University's Rashidat Agboola for first-place in the America East in double-doubles this season with six. The senior forward's most recent double-double came in Stony Brook's 68-52 victory against Vermont when she tallied 10 points and pulled down 10 boards. Previlon, who notched one double-double last season, paces SBU on the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game while ranking third in scoring average with 8.8 points per contest.

Chikilra Be Good

In her first season at Stony Brook, Chikilra Goodman has made an immediate impact. The junior transfer from Paris Junior College has dished out a team-best 82 assists this season and has led SBU in scoring five times. Goodman, a guard, has also scored in double-figures nine times, including a five-game stretch in January (18 at UNH, 1/5, 16 vs. Binghamton, 1/9, 11 at Hartford, 1/12, 11 vs. Vermont, 1/19 and 15 vs. UMBC, 1/23).

How Sweep It Is!

Stony Brook completed a regular-season sweep of New Hampshire with a 60-47 win at Pritchard on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Seawolves, who earned a hard-fought, 48-44 victory in Durham on Jan. 5, last swept an opponent during the 2010-11 season when they took two games from Maine.

Protect Pritchard

Stony Brook has played well in the friendly confines of Pritchard Gymnasium this year. The Seawolves hold an 8-4 overall mark at home and are 3-2 in the America East compared to a 4-7, 1-4 AE record on the road.

Up Next

Stony Brook plays its first of two consecutive road games against Binghamton on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The Seawolves then trek to Vermont to take on the Catamounts Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.