#Seawolves stun first-place Albany in regular-season finale, 66-56
March 1, 2014
Albany, N.Y. -Powered by junior guard Jessica Ogunnorin's career-high 18 points, the Stony Brook women's basketball team ended Albany's 38-game America East winning streak in a 66-56 upset Saturday afternoon on ESPN3. Senior guard Chikilra Goodman recorded a double-double on 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Sophomore forward Brittany Snow put in 11 points for Stony Brook (22-7, 13-3 America East). The Seawolves locked up the No. 2 seed for next weekend's conference tournament, matching their highest seed in program history. They were also No. 2 in 2006-07 and 2005-06.
The loss was the first for Albany (25-4, 15-1) since Jan. 28, 2012, a 62-55 setback to Hartford, the longest streak in conference history and tied for the longest in the country. It also ended Great Danes' quest for a second straight perfect America East regular-season record.
Head Coach Beth O'Boyle's Reaction
"I have such respect for Coach Henderson and her program. We knew we needed to play a complete game to earn the win, and I am so proud of our players for competing so hard."
Stony Brook led nearly the entire game. Up by five, 45-40, with 8:57 left, Goodman put in a layup to spark a 15-5 spurt that gave Stony Brook its largest lead of the afternoon, 60-45, at the 4:18 mark. The Great Danes rallied, pulling to within seven, 60-53, when Sarah Royals put in a layup with just under 90 ticks to play.
Miranda Jenkins made it a nine-point game on a pair of free throws at the 1:02 mark, but Erin Coughlin nailed a triple to get Albany within 62-56 with 43 ticks left and then stole the ball from Ogunnorin. But Tammy Phillips could not put in a 3-pointer, and Ogunnorin grabbed the defensive board.
Jenkins knocked down two more free throws as the lead stretched to 64-56 with 31 seconds on the clock, and Goodman hustled to come away with a steal on the other end and was fouled. Though she missed both, Coughlin's trey was off the mark, and Snow sank a pair of free throws to put Stony Brook ahead, 66-56, with nine seconds remaining.
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No. 2 Stony Brook kicks off America East Championship play against No. 7 UMBC Friday at noon.