#Seawolves return to action New Year's Eve at Seton Hall
Dec. 30, 2013
South Orange, N.J. – The Stony Brook women’s basketball team heads to Seton Hall riding a four-game winning streak for a New Year’s Eve matchup with the Pirates at noon.
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• Proctor has reached double figures in scoring in seven consecutive games. #Sabremetrics #Seawolves
Last Time Out
Stony Brook used a 29-16 run in the final 10 minutes of the game and double-doubles from juniors Jessica Ogunnorin and Sabre Proctor to rout Wagner, 70-51, Dec. 22 at Pritchard Gymnasium. Proctor reached double figures in scoring for the seventh consecutive game with 20 points to go along with 13 boards, while Ogunnorin tallied her second-straight double-double on 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Seawolves again received solid production out of their point guards, with senior Chikilra Goodman tallying nine points and freshman Kori Bayne-Walker chipping in eight points and going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Scouting the Pirates
Seton Hall (8-3) most recently dropped a 72-63 decision at St. John’s Dec. 28. Sophomore forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith and junior guard Ka-Deidre Simmons pace the Pirates in scoring at 19.7 and 15.1 points per game, respectively, while junior forward Bra’Shey Ali is averaging a double-double with 10 points and 10.3 boards per contest. Junior forward Sidney Cook is the team’s leading rebounder at 11.9 rebounds per game.
Series History vs. the Pirates
Although Seton Hall and Stony Brook are less than two hours apart, this is just the second meeting between the two squads. The Pirates beat the Seawolves, 65-30, in South Orange, N.J., Dec. 17, 2011.
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, league-high 73.7 percent from the line this season, up from 60.6 percent in 2012-13. Brittany Snow is second in the league and in the nation’s top 100 in free throw percentage (.875), while Sabre Proctor tied a school single-game mark for free throw percentage by going 10-for-10 against Morgan State Nov. 25.
Seawolves on the Rise
The Seawolves secured their best start in program history (7-3) with a win over Monmouth Dec. 21 and are riding their longest unbeaten streak since winning seven straight games in 2006-07. They 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 six of her first nine games as a Seawolf and has notched double-doubles in the last two games. She sits first in AE in offensive boards (3.8) and second in rebounding (8.2).
Senior guard Chikilra Goodman is 20th nationally in steals, 48th in assist-to-turnover ratio and 84th in field goal percentage. She is second on the Seawolves and in the conference’s top 10 in scoring at 12.7 points per game.
Beasts on the Boards
The Seawolves have led all but one of their opponents on the offensive glass. They lead the league in offensive rebounding at 15.8 per game and are second in rebounding offense (41.8) and rebounding defense (34.2).
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 nine times and 20 or more points four 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 is second in the America East and in the nation’s top 100 in free throw percentage at an .875 clip after shooting .632 from the charity stripe last season. She is also ninth in the league in offensive boards per game at 2.3.
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 and members of the class of 2013 Taylor Burner and Jessica Previlon have 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 will look to end non-conference play on a high note when they visit Columbia Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.