Countdown to #Seawolves Tip-Off: Big D

Goodman was among the conference's leaders in steals and defensive boards last season

Oct. 17, 2013 is counting down the days until #Seawolves Tip-Off on Nov. 8 when both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are hosting their home openers. Visit every day for new content.

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Defense has been a strength for the Stony Brook women’s basketball team since the moment head coach Beth O’Boyle arrived on campus.

For starters, the Seawolves have boasted scoring defenses that have ranked in the top 50 nationally in each of O’Boyle’s first two seasons at the helm. The team surrendered just 55.3 points per game last year, a number that was good for 44th in all of Division I. SB kept opponents south of the 50-point plateau 11 times and owned a 9-2 mark when allowing fewer than 50 points.

Stony Brook challenged opponents defensively, finishing third in the league with 8.3 steals per contest. Senior guard Chikilra Goodman led the charge and consistently set up fast-break opportunities for the Seawolves by ranking in the conference’s top five with 2.2 steals per game. Fellow senior Teasha Harris’ scrappy, aggressive D was an instrumental part of the backcourt, as she finished second on the team with 31 steals.

Goodman also ranked third in the league with 5.3 defensive rebounds per game, helping to make Stony Brook a force to be reckoned with on the boards. The Seawolves held opponents to a mere 33.5 rebounds per contest, the second lowest total in the America East. Junior Sabre Proctor and sophomore Brittany Snow were pivotal on the glass as well, pulling down 73 defensive rebounds and 62 defensive rebounds, respectively.

Watch as Stony Brook looks to continue to shut teams down on defense by calling (631) 632-WOLF for tickets today. 

Women's basketball defensive infographic