Jan. 30, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Making just her fifth career start, Sabre Proctor tallied a team-high nine points and recorded a block, but the Stony Brook women's basketball team fell to Albany. 68-35, Wednesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Brittany Snow chipped in seven points and pulled down five boards, while Teasha Harris grabbed five rebounds for Stony Brook (11-10, 3-5 AE). SBU owned a 12-11 advantage on the offensive glass against Albany (17-3, 8-0), who came into the game leading the conference in rebounding margin.
Ebone Henry led all scorers with 23 points as the Great Danes remained unblemished in conference play.
Proctor and Henry were named America East Players of the Game
"I thought Albany did a great job executing their offense. I thought we competed and just need to keep practicing hard to get ready for New Hampshire."
--Head Coach Beth O'Boyle
Stony Brook kept the game close early on, taking a 3-0 lead on a shot from behind the arc from Dani Klupenger and trailing just 6-5 just over four minutes into the game.
Sarah Royals found Henry, who sank a lay-up to put Albany in front, 8-5 at the 15:30 mark. A little over 30 seconds later, Lindsey Lowrie hit a triple to extend the lead for the Great Danes to 11-5.
After a jumper by Snow and free throw by Taylor Burner closed the gap to three, 11-8, Lowrie stuck again from downtown with 13:31 left in the opening stanza. Henry continued Albany's barrage of treys with a little less than 11 minutes until the break as the Great Danes took a 17-8 lead.
Both teams hit a dry spell over the next six minutes, only scoring three points combined on only free throws.
With Albany up 19-9, Shereesha Richards broke the drought from the field with a lay-up that gave the Great Danes a commanding 21-9 lead with 5:54 left until the intermission that they would never relinquish.
The Numbers Game
- This is just the fourth time the Seawolves have lost at home this season. Stony Brook is now 7-4 at Pritchard Gym.
- Albany came into the game ranked fifth in the nation with a rebounding margin of +11.5 but held just a 19-16 edge on the glass against Stony Brook, who held the second-best rebounding margin in the country at +4.5, in the first half.
- Stony Brook trailed by 21 at the half, 36-15. This is the largest halftime deficit SBU has faced all season, surpassing the 14-point margin Maine held at the break on Saturday, Jan. 26.
News and Notes
- This ties the largest margin of defeat for Stony Brook and is the fewest number of points it has scored all season.
- Klupenger nailed one 3-pointer and is now five away from tallying 100 triples in her four-year career in Seawolves Country. If she reaches the milestone, the Aurora, Ore., native will become just the fifth Seawolf to hit 100 shots from behind the arc in her career.
- Klupenger also tied Theresa LoParrino for fifth-place all-time at Stony Brook for career 3-point field goals attempted with 316. LoParrino played from 2000-04.
- Proctor made her first start since Stony Brook defeated St. Peter's, 63-41, Dec. 15. The sophomore has been a spark off the bench in her first season with SBU, averaging a team-high 10.5 points per contest.
Stony Brook stays at Pritchard for a matchup with New Hampshire Feb. 2. Fans are encouraged to join the student-athletes and staff in wearing pink to support breast cancer awareness as part of Play4Kay. SBU will also be hosting Alumnae Day and will hold a pregame reception for all women's basketball alumnae and their families.