Women's hoops hosts Maine, Senior Day Saturday
Feb. 22, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team plays its final regular season game at Pritchard Gymnasium against Maine Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. The Seawolves will honor six seniors, Taylor Burner, Amanda Corona, Gerda Gatling, Dani Klupenger, Sam Landers and Jessica Previlon, prior to the game as part of Senior Day.
Thank You, Seniors
This year's senior class has amassed 450 games played for Stony Brook and helped guide the squad to its most wins since 2006-07.
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Jessica Previlon had a career day for Stony Brook (13-14, 5-9 AE) with 18 points and 36 minutes, but UMBC (10-16, 6-7 AE) edged the Seawolves, 52-51, Wednesday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. The game was televised on Optimum Local 118. Sabre Proctor tallied 11 points and seven rebounds as SBU outrebounded UMBC, 35-21. Behind swarming defense, the Seawolves held two of the Retrievers' leading scorers, Bria White and Brittany Crowell, scoreless. A Previlon lay-up with 1:21 remaining helped Stony Brook cut a five-point deficit to one, 52-51, but the Seawolves could not get a good look at the buzzer as UMBC escaped with the win.
Scouting the Black Bears
Maine (4-22, 3-10 AE) enters the game on a two-game winning streak after claiming victories against Binghamton and Vermont. Three players are averaging in double-figures for the Black Bears, with Danielle Walczak, who will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, leading the way with 10.4 points per game. Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood are averaging 10.3 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.
Stony Brook holds a 14-13 edge in the all-time series with Maine and is 8-4 at home. The Black Bears come into the matchup winners of four straight against the Seawolves, having most recently defeated them Jan. 26 in Orono, 67-51.
Century Mark Club
Dani Klupenger became the fifth Seawolf to nail 100 career triples when she sank four 3's against Hartford on Feb. 10. The senior currently sits fourth all-time at SBU in made treys with 105.
SBU All-Time 3-Point Field Goals Made
1. Myeema Ford, 2003-07...................................181
Opponents are shooting just 38 percent from the field against Stony Brook, the third lowest percentage in the league. The Seawolves are fourth in the America East in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 55.4 points per game. SBU is 11-2 when allowing less than 54 points.
Landers at the Line
Captain Sam Landers currently ranks second all-time at SBU in free throw percentage (minimum of 100 attempts) with a 76.6 percent clip (108-for-141). She is a perfect 6-for-6 from the line this year.
SBU All-Time Free Throw Percentage (Min. 100 attempts)
1. Jill Cook, 1988-90............................................(.791) 102-129
Averaging a team-high 10.4 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting, Sabre Proctor has been an immediate contributor in her first season for Stony Brook. The sophomore has led the team in scoring a Seawolf-best ten times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double-digits in points on 13 occasions. The North Carolina A&T transfer is third in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 77.8 percent (63-for-81) from the charity stripe.
Seawolves on the Rise
Stony Brook has notched its most wins in a season since posting 18 victories in 2006-07 and is currently averaging almost 10 points per game higher than it did last year (53.3 compared to 43.6) on an improved field goal percentage (37.9 percent in 2012-13 compared to 31.3 percent in 2011-12).
Stony Brook Starts Solid
Stony Brook's 11-8 record through its first 19 games matched its best start since 2005-06. The Seawolves' 3-3 beginning to conference play marked its fastest start since jetting off to a 5-1 record in 2006-07.
Two Seawolves have picked up America East weekly awards this season. Most recently, Chikilra Goodman nabbed Player of the Week honors after averaging 18 points and 14 boards in wins over Sacred Heart and Fordham Dec. 4 and Dec. 8, respectively. Brittany Snow was selected Rookie of the Week for her 12-point effort against Morgan State in her collegiate debut Nov. 18.
Rebound that Ball
Stony Brook has fared well in the battle of the boards this season. The Seawolves, who have not finished the year with a positive rebounding margin since 2006-07, are second in the conference in rebounding margin (+3.9) and rebounding defense (33.4). Jessica Previlon is third in the league in rebounding and offensive rebounds with eight and 2.9 per game, respectively. Defensively, Goodman and Previlon are third and fifth, respectively, with 5.4 and 5.1 boards per game.
Jessica Previlon leads the America East with eight double-doubles this season. The senior forward tallied back-to-back double-doubles at Binghamton and Vermont. Previlon, who notched one double-double last season, paces SBU on the glass with eight rebounds per game while ranking second in scoring average with 9.4 points per contest. She tallied a career-high 18 points in 36 minutes against UMBC on Feb. 20.
Chikilra Be Good
In her first season at Stony Brook, Chikilra Goodman has made an immediate impact. The junior transfer from Paris Junior College has dished out a team-best 95 assists this year and is five helpers away from entering SBU's top-10 for most assists in a single season. Goodman, a guard, has also scored in double-figures on 10 occasions, including a five-game stretch in January (18 at UNH, 1/5, 16 vs. Binghamton, 1/9, 11 at Hartford, 1/12, 11 vs. Vermont, 1/19 and 15 vs. UMBC, 1/23).
How Sweep It Is!
Stony Brook completed regular-season sweeps of New Hampshire and Binghamton to mark the first time the Seawolves have won both games against two opponents since taking two from Maine and UMBC during the 2009-10 season.
Stony Brook has played well in the friendly confines of Pritchard Gymnasium this year. The Seawolves hold an 8-6 overall mark at home compared to a 5-8, record on the road.
12 members of the Stony Brook women's basketball team earned a 3.0 cum grade-point average (GPA) or higher for the fall semester. Fall student-athletes in Seawolves Country also performed well in the classroom, with 51 garnering America East Fall Honor Roll accolades. To be eligible for the distinction, a student-athlete must achieve a semester grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Of the 51 student-athletes, 21 were also named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, which requires a student-athlete to earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Five Future Seawolves Ink NLIs
The Stony Brook women's basketball program and head coach Beth O'Boyle have announced the signings of five players to National Letters of Intent. Jasmine Bailey (forward/center, St. John's College High School), Kori Bayne-Walker (guard, Gates Chili High School), Kristie Constantino (guard, Archbishop Carroll High School), Angelica Hauer (center, Seton Catholic Central High School) and Elizabeth Manner (forward, Oakton High School) will join SBU for the 2013-14 season. For more information, see the news release on GoSeawolves.org.
Get Your Red On Minute Returns for a Second Season
Each week, the Stony Brook Athletic Communications office and members of the journalism school produce a five-minute web show promoting SBU athletics. Hosted by senior and women's basketball player Dani Klupenger, the show features a team or student-athlete each week and informs viewers of upcoming events. Watch the latest episode on GoSeawolves.org.
Stony Brook has a week off before it heads to Albany to play its regular season finale against the first-place Great Danes on Saturday, March 2