#Seawolves head to the Midwest to square off with Bradley
Nov. 14, 2013
Peoria, Ill. - After splitting a pair of games against NJIT and Navy during its opening weekend, the Stony Brook women's basketball team will begin a Midwest trip at Bradley Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 p.m.
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This is the 2nd meeting between the #Seawolves and the Braves and 1st since 11/21/04.
The Midwest trip will be a homecoming for senior guard Teasha Harris, who grew up in Bloomington, Ill., and played for Kirkwood Community College in Iowa before transferring to Stony Brook last season.
Last Time Out
Junior forward Sabre Proctor recorded 11 points and eight boards, and senior guard Chikilra Goodman had eight points and five rebounds, but Stony Brook (1-1) fell to Navy, 72-54, Sunday afternoon in Annapolis, Md. A trio of freshmen put up solid numbers and gained valuable experience against the reigning Patriot League Champion, which has returned all five starters from last year's team. Forward Elizabeth Manner tallied nine points, while guards Kristie Costantino and Kori Bayne-Walker posted seven points and six points, respectively. Stony Brook actually outscored Navy, 30-25, in the second half, but the experienced Mids' strong start proved to be too much for the Seawolves to overcome.
Scouting the Braves
Bradley (2-0) took down Southeast Missouri, 72-68, on the road Monday night. Junior guard Michelle Young poured in a game-high 20 points and senior backcourt mate Catie O'Leary notched a double-double on 13 points and 12 rebounds. Bradley's high-octane offense almost hit the century mark in a season-opening, 98-92 win over Illinois Friday night and features four players who are averaging double-figures in scoring in Young (26 PPG), Kelsey Budd (20 PPG), Kelly Frings (14.5 PPG) and O'Leary (11.5 PPG).
Series History vs. the Braves
This is just the second meeting between the two teams and the first since the 2004-05 season. Bradley beat Stony Brook at home, 87-60, Nov. 21, 2004.
Opening Night Done Right
Stony Brook's 50-44 win over NJIT in front of a sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium Nov. 8 was its first victory in a season opener since 2010-11 (Troy) and first in a home opener since 2007-08 (Iona).
Rebound That Ball
Stony Brook has won the battle of the offensive boards in each of its first two games. The Seawolves pulled down an incredible 21 offensive rebounds against NJIT compared to just six for the Highlanders and led Navy in the category, 14-11.
Stony Brook has been picked third in the America East preseason coaches' poll. It is the second highest preseason spot in program history for the Seawolves, who were chosen second in 2006-07, and their best since being slotted fourth in 2010-11.
Sabre Proctor Named Preseason All-America East
The league's leading returning scorer, Sabre Proctor, was named to the preseason all-conference team Oct. 15. Proctor averaged a team-best 10.9 points per game and was 10th in the America East in field goal percentage at 43-percent (116-for-270) and third in free throw percentage at 78.4-percent (76-for-97). Proctor is the first preseason all-conference pick for Stony Brook since Kirsten Jeter in 2010-11.
What a Turnaround
The Stony Brook women's basketball team produced the seventh-best turnaround in the country in 2012-13 with a 10-win improvement from 2011-12. Picked to finish ninth in the America East preseason coaches' poll, the Seawolves won 14 games and earned a No. 4 seed into the conference championship. The 14 wins were the most for the program since 2006-07, while the seed was its highest since 2010-11.
The Seawolves are set to move into Stony Brook Arena, Long Island's newest destination for athletics and entertainment, in 2014-15. The arena, which is currently undergoing a $21.1 million renovation, will be a state-of-the-art facility that will include four luxury suites, two video boards and a capacity of more than 4,000. For more on the project, visit www.StonyBrookArena.com, and be sure to use #StonyBrookArena when talking about the future home of Stony Brook basketball.
The Seawolves continue their four-game road swing by staying in the region to matchup with Iowa Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The Hawkeyes qualified for the WNIT last season and are one of four teams on Stony Brook's 2013-14 schedule that made a postseason appearance in 2012-13.