No. 2 #Seawolves advance to America East Semifinals with 61-49 win over No. 7 UMBC
March 7, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – America East Defensive Player of the Year and senior guard Chikilra Goodman tallied 12 points and six rebounds as the No. 2 Stony Brook women’s basketball team topped No. 7 UMBC, 61-49, in the conference quarterfinals. The win was the first for the #Seawolves in a conference championship game since March 3, 2011, a 76-55 triumph over No. 8 Maine in the play-in game.
Goodman added three assists and two steals to her balanced effort for Stony Brook (23-7). Jessica Ogunnorin finished with a team-high 13 points, and freshman guard Kristie Costantino tallied a career-high eight points. Junior forward Sabre Proctor grabbed 10 rebounds.
UMBC’s Sara Tarbert led all scorers with 17 points as the Retrievers’ season ends with a 4-25 mark.
Head Coach Beth O’Boyle’s Reaction
“I thought it was a great game. I have a lot of respect for Coach Stern. His team always plays hard, and we knew that we would have to play well to earn the win today. I think we did a great job of really pressuring the ball, which allowed us to get some points off of turnovers. Our players executed on offense and did an excellent job on the offensive glass. I think those extra-chance points were the difference in the game.”
UMBC took a 7-5 lead on a Tarbert layup at the 15:29 mark of the first half, but Stony Brook took complete control for the remainder of the first half. Ogunnorin scored a hoop to even it at 7-all with 15:12 until the break. Kori Bayne-Walker knocked down two free throws at 12:26 to put Stony Brook ahead, and Proctor drained a jump shot about 30 ticks later that extended the lead to 11-7.
The Seawolves weren’t even close to being done yet. A trifecta and layup by Costantino gave Stony Brook a 14-point lead, 21-7, at 6:36, and Jenkins capped the 20-0 run when Goodman found her in the paint for a bucket for a 25-7 Stony Brook advantage with 5:13 on the clock.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook will look to secure its second trip to the finals in school history when it takes on the winner of No. 3 New Hampshire vs. No. 6 Vermont Sunday on ESPN3. The program last qualified for the title game during its inaugural season in the league as a seven-seed in 2001-02. Tip is slated for either 11 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. The Seawolves will play at 11 a.m. if No. 1 Albany is upset by No. 8 Binghamton in the quarterfinals and 1:15 p.m. should the Great Danes advance.