O'Boyle named Met Writers Coach of the Year, Proctor All-Met
April 21, 2014
NEW YORK – After leading the Stony Brook women’s basketball team to its best season in program history, head coach Beth O’Boyle and junior forward Sabre Proctor continue to reap praise. O’Boyle has been named Met Writers Coach of the Year, and Proctor was selected third-team All-Met, the Met Basketball Writers Association announced Monday.
O’Boyle will be recognized at the 81st Annual Haggerty Awards Dinner Tuesday night at the Westchester Marriot in Tarrytown, N.Y.
In her third year on the bench, O’Boyle mentored the Seawolves to their second consecutive 10-win improvement. The team won a Division I program-record 24 games, tied for the most in school history with the 1986-87 Division III team. Stony Brook went 13-3 in America East play, its best mark since 2006-07 (14-2) and tied a program-high second-place finish in the regular-season standings.
One week after the Seawolves ended Albany’s conference-record, nation-long 38-game America East winning streak, O’Boyle led them to their second-ever conference title game appearance and first since 2001-02. Stony Brook capped its historic campaign in its second Division I national postseason appearance when the squad played in the WNIT.
O’Boyle says defense wins, and she has built a championship-caliber program with stifling defense as a centerpiece. For the third straight season, Stony Brook finished in the top 50 nationally in points allowed per game. The Seawolves ranked 20th in Division I in rebounding margin (+7.6).
Proctor is the third Seawolf to be named All-Met and first since Mykeema Ford in 2007. After being named Preseason All-America East, the Harrisburg, Pa., product led the team and finished third in the league in scoring at 14.4 points per game. She scored in double figures in 27 of 33 games and now has 42 career double-digit scoring efforts to her name in her two-year career, a number that ranks sixth in Stony Brook history. The first-team all-conference pick was fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.471) and sixth in free throw percentage (.772).
Sherry Jordan was named All-Met three times (2002, 2003, 2004).
O’Boyle and Proctor will join a host of key returners in ushering in a new era of Stony Brook women’s basketball as the program is set to move into Stony Brook Arena in the fall.