Women's hoops opens 2012-13 season Friday vs. Rider

Senior Jessica Previlon

Nov. 7, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team will raise the curtains on a new season on Friday when it welcomes Rider to Pritchard Gym for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Seawolves return six letterwinners and welcome nine new players to the fold in 2012-13.

Season Preview

With nine newcomers joining six returning letterwinners, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team is eager to turn the page on a new era in 2012-13. Second-year head coach Beth O’Boyle has a deep mix of youth and experience at her disposal, even if the identity of the team is still very much in the making.

The new faces enter camp looking to write their own chapter in Stony Brook history, while the upperclassmen return with a chip on their shoulder following a difficult 2011-12 campaign. Despite the tough year, the team will look to continue its brand of shut-down defense, which allowed a meager 55.7 points per game a season ago. This year's team will look to complement this defensive prowess with an up-tempo offense built around increased athleticism and an infusion of new talent.

Guards: 3 Returning, 6 New, 4 Lost

Despite losing four guards in the offseason, including the team’s leading scorer, Whitney Davis (8.9 ppg), the Seawolves’ backcourt is primed to be a strength of the squad this season. Senior Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.), Stony Brook’s active career scoring leader with 530 points, will lead the unit from an experience standpoint. With 43 career starts under her belt, Landers adds a versatile presence with the ability to run the point or slide over to the two and three guard positions if necessary. The Springfield, Va. native is an adept free-throw shooter (76% in her career) and also hits the three-ball at a 30% rate.

The team’s three-point specialist, senior Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) also returns for her final season with the team. Klupenger nailed 43 of the Seawolves’ 75 three-point field goals last year, while starting 16 games. The 2012 America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, Klupenger more than doubled her scoring average as a junior and had breakout performances against George Mason (17 points), Vermont (18) and UMBC (17).

The third returning guard, sophomore Natalie Myers (Clackamas, Ore.) will provide depth at the point after seeing action in 12 games a season ago.

Of the Seawolves’ six incoming guards,  junior transfers Teasha Harris (Bloomington, Ill.) and Chikilra Goodman (Philadelphia, Pa.) will compete for starting point guard duties. Harris joins the squad from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after averaging 10.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season en route to a first-team All-Conference selection. Goodman, meanwhile, began her career with Hampton University, before transferring to Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. While there, Goodman averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Both Harris and Goodman will provide athleticism and court vision to the lineup and will help fill the hole left by the graduated Tamiel Murray.

Freshman Kim Hanlon (White Plains, N.Y.), a standout at White Plains High School, will push for time at the shooting guard slot. A player who never takes a possession off, Hanlon is a sound decision-maker and has deep range from the outside.

A pair of scorers, redshirt freshman Miranda Jenkins (Gibsonville, N.C.), and junior college transfer Latasia
Ward (Bronx, N.Y./ASA College) will add depth and athleticism to the backcourt as well. Jenkins likes to get to the rim to create her shot, while Ward is an adept shooter off the dribble from mid-range. Freshman Olivia Dudley (Whippany, N.J.) will walk on to the team this year and provide further depth in the backcourt.

Forwards: 3 Returning, 3 New, 2 Lost

With three returning seniors and three skilled newcomers, the Stony Brook frontcourt will be deep and talented in 2012-13. Senior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.), the squad’s leading returning scorer, will anchor the group at the four spot. Previlon averaged 5.5 points per game and pulled down a team-high 177 rebounds (5.9 average) a season ago.

Fellow seniors Gerda Gatling (Woodbridge, Va.) and Taylor Burner (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) are also back and will provide depth and leadership as upperclassmen. Gatling, arguably the team’s most athletic player, brings a tenacious defensive skill set to the perimeter. Last season, Gatling recorded 31 steals, while averaging 3.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. The 6-4 Burner tied for the team lead with 10 blocks in 2011-12, while averaging just over 10 minutes per game.

Sophomore Sabre Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) will enter the mix this year after sitting out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Proctor averaged seven points per game as a freshman at North Carolina A&T and will present matchup problems for opponents with her ability to shoot from the outside and score under the basket.

An excellent rebounder with a tremendous work-ethic, freshman Brittany Snow (Shamong, N.J.) will compete for extended minutes off the bat. Snow scored over 1,000 points at Seneca High School and was named third-team All-State as a senior by the Newark Star-Ledger. A tough player that can battle in the low blocks, Snow will help fill the void left by departed forwards Kellie Krueger and Destiny Jacobs.

Fellow Freshman Alyssa Coiro (Califon, N.J.) rounds out the forward unit and will add further depth and size. The 6-1 Coiro captained Rutgers Prep to back-to-back Prep B Tournament titles, stuffing the stat sheet with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the 2012 title game. Coiro possesses a high basketball IQ and will bring a versatile presence to the frontcourt with her ability to hit the outside jumper and score in the paint.

Scouting Rider

The Broncs are coming off an 11-19 campaign, during which they finished 10th in the MAAC. Rider returns 10 letterwinners, including junior MyNeshia McKenzie, who earned third-team All-MAAC honors in 2011-12 after averaging 10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Redshirt junior Shereen Lightbourne is also back after missing all of last season with an injury. Lightbourne averaged 9.6 points per game during the 2010-11 season.