Stellar offensive rebounding lifts #Seawolves over NJIT, 50-44; to play at Navy Sunday

Proctor had 18 points and eight rebounds in the win
 
Proctor had 18 points and eight rebounds in the win
 
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Nov. 8, 2013

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Chikilra Goodman flirted with a double-double on 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds to go along with a game-best four steals and four helpers as the Stony Brook women's basketball team opened the season with a 50-44 win over NJIT Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Sabre Proctor led all scorers with 18 points and pulled down eight boards, while Teasha Harris recorded seven points and four rebounds for Stony Brook (1-0). The #Seawolves dominated the offensive glass, 21-6, with Proctor and freshman Elizabeth Manner leading the way with four apiece. Manner finished with six total rebounds in her first collegiate game.

Martina Matejcikova paced NJIT (0-1) with 16 points. 

Head Coach Beth O'Boyle's Reaction

"Tonight was a tremendous team effort. The key stops we made at the end, combined with our great play on the offensive glass, fueled us to victory."  

Turning Point

NJIT led by as may as seven in the first half, but Stony Brook rallied to even the score at 22-22 at the break.

The guests went ahead by four, 43-39, after a 4-0 run capped off by a jumper by Alyssa Albanese with 5:42 remaining in the second half. Proctor pulled the Seawolves to within three, 43-40, on a free throw and later sank two more from the charity stripe to cut the deficit to one, 43-42, at 5:22. 

About one minute later, Goodman flew in to steal an errant pass made by Kim Kullis and raced down the court for a bucket in transition to give the Seawolves their first lead since the 15:35 mark of the second stanza, 44-43. With three minutes to play, Brittany Snow grabbed a defensive rebound on a missed shot by Matejcikova, and Proctor nailed a trey on the other end to extend the lead to five, 48-43. 

The Seawolves hit their free throws thereafter to lock up the win.

The Numbers Game

  • SB owned a 40-34 lead on the glass. Snow grabbed three rebounds.
  • Goodman did her damage on an efficient 60-percent (6-for-10) shooting from the field.
  • Miranda Jenkins dished out three assists in the first start of her career.
  • The Seawolves hit 65.2-percent of their free throws (15-for-23), while NJIT shot at a 52.9-percent clip (15-for-35).

News and Notes

  • The win marked Stony Brook's first in a season opener since downing Troy, 77-60, Nov. 12, 2010.
  • Goodman's efforts earned her America East Player of the Game accolades.
  • Jenkins made her first career start.
  • Three of the Seawolves' five freshmen, Manner, Kristie Costantino and Kori Bayne-Walker, made their collegiate debuts. Costantino hit a free throw, while Bayne-Walker finished with one steal and one assist.
  • SB improved to 2-0 all-time against NJIT.

 Up Next

Stony Brook travels to Navy to take on the defending Patriot League Champion Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.