#Seawolves stun first-place Albany in regular-season finale, 66-56

Ogunnorin poured in 18 points to lead Stony Brook over Albany
 
Ogunnorin poured in 18 points to lead Stony Brook over Albany
 
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March 1, 2014

Final Stats

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."

Turning Point

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.

Inside the Numbers

  • Jenkins and Kori Bayne-Walker tallied nine points apiece.
  • Stony Brook outrebounded Albany, 43-39, marking the 25th time this season the Seawolves have led on the glass.
  • Goodman finished with three steals.
  • Stony Brook shot 44.9 percent (22-for-49) and limited Albany to 35.4 percent (23-for-65) from the floor.

News and Notes

  • The win ended Stony Brook's eight-game losing streak against Albany.
  • Goodman's double-double was her team-best sixth of the season.
  • The Seawolves are 18-0 when leading with five minutes to play.
  • Stony Brook improved to 11-5 on the road.

Up Next

No. 2 Stony Brook kicks off America East Championship play against No. 7 UMBC Friday at noon.