#Seawolves set to continue rise towards the top in 2013-14

The Seawolves have made great strides under O'Boyle
 
The Seawolves have made great strides under O'Boyle
 
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Oct. 29, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. -After a remarkable turnaround that showed the America East that the Stony Brook women's basketball team is a competitor, the Seawolves are poised to continue their ascent in the conference under third-year head coach Beth O'Boyle.

Stony Brook, which was picked third in the America East preseason coaches' poll, returns eight letterwinners from the 2012-13 team that recorded a 10-win improvement from the year before and the seventh-best turnaround in the country. The Seawolves also add seven promising newcomers, including five freshmen, to their roster as they continue to build a championship program.

"We're really excited about this season," head coach Beth O'Boyle said. We have a group of players who got quite a bit of experience playing last year, and then we have a whole group of seven new players that are joining our program as well. As we continue to build, we are looking forward to meshing those two groups together." 

Guards

Stony Brook returns starting point guard and senior Chikilra Goodman, who posted stellar numbers in her first season with the Seawolves out of Paris Junior College. The Philadelphia, Pa., native ranked in the conference's top five in defensive rebounds per game (5.3) and steals per game (2.2) to help the Seawolves set up fast-break opportunities and rank 44th nationally in scoring defense (55.3) last season. Equally talented on offense, Goodman also dished out 101 assists, the 10th-most in Stony Brook single-season history, and was fourth in the league with 3.6 assists per contest.

Senior Teasha Harris has been a leader for the Seawolves both on and off the court since transferring to Stony Brook from Kirkwood Community College last season. Harris saw time in all 30 games, mostly providing a spark and stability off the bench, and finished second on the team with 43 assists and 31 steals.

Redshirt sophomore Miranda Jenkins has shown promise in the offseason as she continues to get stronger after an injury sidelined her from competition during her true freshman year in 2011-12. Sophomore Kim Hanlon and senior Natalie Myers will also provide experience in the backcourt. Hanlon played in 24 games and made four starts in only her freshman season, while Myers saw action in 18 games and started 10 times.

Stony Brook adds depth in the backcourt with the additions of freshmen Kori Bayne-Walker and Kristie Costantino and transfers Jessica Ogunnorin and Christa Scognamiglio. Ogunnorin and Scognamiglio will sit a year in residency after transferring from UC Riverside and Fairfield, respectively. 

Post Players

Sabre Proctor and Brittany Snow are two of the top returners in the America East. A preseason all-conference pick, Proctor is the league's leading returning scorer. She posted 10.9 points per game last season and was third in the America East in free throw percentage (78.4-percent) and 10th in field goal percentage (43-percent) on her way to a spot on the all-conference third-team.

Snow saw time in all 30 games and made 26 starts as a freshman, averaging nearly seven points and four rebounds per game and picking up America East All-Rookie honors along the way. Alyssa Coiro, who played in 14 games as a freshman, also returns for her sophomore season.

Freshmen Jasmine Bailey, Angelica Hauer and Elizabeth Manner will vie for playing time as well.

Schedule  

Stony Brook's 2013-14 slate features 29 games, including 13 at Pritchard and a full 18-game America East schedule. The Seawolves begin the 2013-14 season with 13 non-conference contests, commencing with NJIT Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. at Pritchard Gymnasium. Stony Brook will play two teams that qualified for postseason play last season in reigning Patriot League champion Navy (Nov. 10) and WNIT participant Iowa (Nov. 17) on the road. The Seawolves upended Navy, 44-40, at home last season. The squad is slated to welcome Monmouth and Wagner to Pritchard for the Seawolves Holiday Classic Presented by the Hilton Garden Inn Dec. 21-22 and conclude non-conference play at Columbia Jan. 5.

Stony Brook opens conference action at Pritchard against Hartford, who was picked second in the America East preseason poll and qualified for the WNIT last year. After traveling to New Hampshire (Jan. 8) and Binghamton (Jan. 15), the Seawolves will host UMass-Lowell (Jan. 18) and UMBC (Jan. 20). Stony Brook then heads north for matchups with Vermont (Jan. 23) and Maine (Jan. 26) before squaring off with preseason favorite and SUNY rival Albany Jan. 30 at Pritchard. The Seawolves will play four home contests in February against Binghamton (Feb. 5), New Hampshire (Feb. 9), Maine (Feb. 22) and Vermont (Feb. 26) and wrap up the regular season at Albany March 1. The America East Championship begins the following week in Albany, with the first round scheduled for March 7 at SEFCU Arena.

Don't Miss a Minute

People can catch all Stony Brook home games for free on AmericaEast.TV and listen to road games on GoSeawolves.org with Jacob Wilkins on the call. The Seawolves will be on ESPN3 twice during the America East regular season, starting with a road contest at Vermont Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Stony Brook's matchup with Albany March 1 at 2 p.m. will also air on the broadband network as will the first two rounds of the America East Championship. For the first time in league history, the title game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.