Women's hoops fights for seeding in season finale at Albany
March 1, 2013
Albany, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team wraps up the regular season on the road against first-place Albany Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at SEFCU Arena.
The following are playoff and seeding scenarios for Stony Brook in the America East Championship, according to league officials as of Thursday night:
SBU will be No. 3 if....
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Last Time Out
On Senior Day, senior Dani Klupenger tied a career-high with 18 points on a personal-best six triples to help Stony Brook (14-14, 6-9 AE) rally from a double-digit deficit to best Maine, 56-53, at Pritchard Gymnasium Saturday, Feb. 23. Senior Gerda Gatling grabbed a career-best 13 boards, while sophomore Sabre Proctor led all scorers with 19 points, 15 of which came in the second stanza of the come-from-behind victory. The Seawolves dug themselves out of a 10-point hole to take their first lead since the opening minutes, 46-45, with about five minutes remaining. Proctor put SBU up for good with a bucket at the 4:11 mark that gave the squad a 49-48 edge.
Scouting the Great Danes
Having already clinched an outright America East regular season championship and No. 1 seed in the conference championship, Albany (24-3, 15-0 AE) is looking to run the table in league play. The Great Danes most recently rallied to defeat New Hampshire, 55-46, in Durham Wednesday night. Senior Ebone Henry paces the squad with 14.2 points per game, while classmate Julie Forster leads Albany on the glass with a rebounding average of 8.1. Lindsey Lowrie and Megan Craig are also averaging double digits in scoring with 10.4 points per contest apiece.
The SUNY foes have met 46 times, and Albany holds a slight 25-21 edge in the all-time series. The Seawolves routed the Great Danes in the first-ever matchup, 66-37, to start a string of seven consecutive victories against Albany between 1974-77. SBU also won seven-straight from 1987-91, but Albany has won the last six.
Century Mark Club
Dani Klupenger became the fifth SBU women's hoopster to nail 100 career triples when she sank four 3's against Hartford on Feb. 10. The senior currently sits fourth all-time at SBU in made treys with 111 after hitting six, the fourth-most for a Seawolf in a single game, against Maine Saturday, Feb. 23.
SBU All-Time 3-Point Field Goals Made
1. Myeema Ford, 2003-07...................................181
Opponents are shooting just 37.9 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 55.3 points per game. SBU is 12-2 when allowing less than 54 points.
Averaging a team-high 10.7 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting, Sabre Proctor has been an immediate contributor in her first season for Stony Brook. The sophomore has led the team in scoring a Seawolf-best 11 times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double-digits in points on 13 occasions. The North Carolina A&T transfer, who led all scorers with 19 points against Maine Feb. 23, is third in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 77.6 percent (66-for-85) from the charity stripe.
Seawolves on the Rise
Stony Brook has notched its most wins in a season since posting 18 victories in 2006-07 and has made the fourth-best turnaround in the nation to date. SBU is currently averaging almost 10 points per game higher than it did last year (53.4 compared to 43.6) on an improved field goal percentage (37.8 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 fastest start since jetting off to a 5-1 record in 2006-07.
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.
Rebound that Ball
Stony Brook has fared well in the battle of the boards this season. The Seawolves, who have not finished the year with a positive rebounding margin since 2006-07, are second in the conference in rebounding margin (+4.0) and rebounding defense (33.5). Jessica Previlon is fourth in the league in rebounding and first in offensive rebounds with eight and 3.1 per game, respectively. Defensively, Goodman and Previlon are third and fifth, respectively, with 5.3 and 4.9 boards per game.
Five Future Seawolves Ink NLIs
The Stony Brook women's basketball program and head coach Beth O'Boyle have announced the signings 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) will join SBU for the 2013-14 season. For more information, see the news release on GoSeawolves.org.
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
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 98 assists this year and is two helpers away from entering SBU's top-10 for most assists in a single season. Goodman, a guard, has also scored in double-figures on 10 occasions, 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 regular-season sweeps of UNH and Binghamton to mark the first time the Seawolves have won both games against two opponents since taking two from Maine and UMBC during the 2009-10 season.
12 members of the Stony Brook women's basketball team earned a 3.0 cum grade point average (GPA) or higher for the fall semester. Fall student-athletes in Seawolves Country also performed well in the classroom, with 51 garnering America East Fall Honor Roll accolades. To be eligible for the distinction, a student-athlete must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Of the 51 student-athletes, 21 were also named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, which requires a student-athlete to earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Get Your RED On Minute Returns for a Second Season
Each week, the Stony Brook Athletic Communications office and members of the journalism school produce a five-minute web show promoting SBU athletics. Hosted by senior and women's basketball player Dani Klupenger, Get Your RED on Minute, presented by Petro, features a team or student-athlete each week and informs viewers of upcoming events. Watch the latest episode on GoSeawolves.org.
Stony Brook returns to Albany Friday, March 8 for the America East quarterfinals at SEFCU Arena. Time and opponent are TBD.