Stony Brook welcomes Monmouth, eyes history in #Seawolves Holiday Classic
Dec. 20, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The Stony Brook women’s basketball team will look to lock up its best start in program history when it returns to action against Monmouth in the Seawolves Holiday Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
Stony Brook Athletics will host Santa Day Dec. 22. Following the Seawolves’ matchup with Wagner, Old Kris Kringle will be on hand to take pictures with fans. All fans and family members of the four participating teams who contact the reservation desk directly at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook at (631) 941-2980 will receive Seawolves Holiday Classic room rate by mentioning that they will be attending this holiday tournament. For ticket information, call (631) 632-WOLF or head to www.goseawolves.org/tickets.
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• Goodman & Proctor have reached double figures in scoring in five consecutive games. #Sabremetrics #ChikilraChikilra #Seawolves
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth (1-8) is searching for its second win of the season. Senior Chevannah Paalvast leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 14.1 points and 5.6 boards per game.
Series History vs. the Hawks
The two teams last met Nov. 30, 2010 when Monmouth claimed a 74-60 victory in Stony Brook to even the series at two games apiece.
After leading the Seawolves to a 2-0 week with wins at St. Peter’s and Lafayette, junior forward Sabre Proctor and freshman guard Kori Bayne-Walker were named America East Co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Stony Brook 2013-14 America East Weekly Accolades
Co-Player of the Week....................Sabre Proctor (12/9/13)
Gotta Make Those Free Throws
Stony Brook is shooting a much-improved 72.7 percent from the line this season, up from 60.6 percent in 2012-13. Brittany Snow ranks third in the league and in the nation’s top 100 in free throw percentage (.868), while Sabre Proctor tied a school single-game mark for free throw percentage by going 10-for-10 against Morgan State Nov. 25.
The Seawolves are eighth in the most recent Newsday Metro Poll and received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
Junior transfer Jessica Ogunnorin has recorded double-digits in scoring in four of her first seven games as a Seawolf. She is eighth in the league in rebounding (6.9) and tops in offensive boards per contest (3.7).
Senior guard Chikilra Goodman entered the week 14th nationally in steals and 24th in assist-to-turnover ratio. She is second on the Seawolves and sits seventh in the America East in scoring average at 13.0 points per game and has reached double-figures in scoring in five consecutive contests.
Beasts on the Boards
The Seawolves have led eight of their first nine opponents in offensive rebounds and pulled down a stellar 21 offensive boards in their opener against NJIT Nov. 8. Not only do they lead the league in offensive rebounding at 16.2 per game, the Seawolves are second in rebounding offense (41.6) and third in rebounding defense (35.1).
Junior forward Sabre Proctor posted a career-best 24 points and tied a school record for single-game free throw percentage by going 10-for-10 from the line as Stony Brook trounced Morgan State, 79-55, Nov. 25. She has reached double-figures in scoring seven times and 20 or more points three times.
Let It Snow
Sophomore forward Brittany Snow continues to one-up her promising freshman campaign that netted her America East All-Rookie accolades. She ranks third in the America East and in the nation’s top 100 in free throw percentage at a .860 clip after shooting .632 from the charity stripe last season. She is also fifth in the league in offensive boards per game at 2.7.
By sinking all 10 of her free throws Nov. 25 against Morgan State, Sabre Proctor tied Theresa LoParrino (14-for-14 vs. La.-Lafayette, Dec. 2, 2000), Mykeema Ford (11-for-11 at Maine, Jan. 17, 2007) and Beth Grys (10-for-10 vs. Southampton, Dec. 30, 1997) for Stony Brook’s single-game free throw percentage record. She also became the first AE player to go at least 10-for-10 from the line since Vermont’s May Kotsopoulos (13-for-13) on Feb. 10, 2010.
Brittany Makes History
After scoring a combined four points in SB’s first two contests, sophomore forward Brittany Snow broke through with 30 points to go along with a then-career-high nine boards at Bradley Nov. 15. She became the first Seawolf to reach 30 points since Mykeema Ford recorded 32 against Boston University in 2007.
Light ‘Em Up
SB hit the 80-point mark for the first time in the Beth O’Boyle era in their 83-79 victory at Bradley Nov. 15, having most recently posted 81 points against Nicholls State Nov. 24, 2010. The Seawolves’ thumped St. Peter’s, 77-47, Dec. 4 for their first win by 30 or more points since downing St. Francis (N.Y.), 71-40, in Dec. 6 2009.
Opening Night Done Right
Stony Brook’s 50-44 win over NJIT at 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).
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.
A True Student-Athlete
Brittany Snow has her eyes on a true prize: her life after hoops. The psychology major, who has a 3.8 cumulative GPA, chose Stony Brook in large part because of its great academics and hopes to go to medical school and become a doctor after her playing days are over.
Couple of Pros
Former Seawolves post players Taylor Burner and Jessica Previlon, both members of the class of 2013, signed professional contracts. Burner is playing for Petah Tikva in Israel, while Previlon, who led the team in rebounding in each of her two seasons, inked a teal with Basketball Club Nokia in Finland. The Seawolves last had two players from one graduating class go pro in the same year in 2007, when Mykeema Ford signed with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Jessica Smith went on to play with Canti Riva Basket Ceserio in Switzerland.
Sabre Proctor Named Preseason All-America East
The league’s leading returning scorer, Sabre Proctor, has been named to the preseason all-conference team. Proctor averaged a team-best 10.9 points per game and is the first preseason all-conference pick for Stony Brook since Kirsten Jeter in 2010-11.
Head coach Beth O’Boyle has brought in a seven-player recruiting class that consists of five freshmen and two transfers as she continues to build a program. In the backcourt, the Seawolves add freshmen Kori Bayne-Walker and Kristie Costantino and transfers junior Jessica Ogunnorin and sophomore Christa Scognamiglio. Freshmen Jasmine Bailey, Elizabeth Manner and Angelica Hauer are Stony Brook’s newest forwards.
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 close the Seawolves Holiday Classic Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook against Wagner Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.