No. 4 Women's hoops meets No. 5 UNH in AE Quarterfinals on ESPN3
March 7, 2013
Albany, N.Y. - The No. 4 Stony Brook women's basketball team opens the America East Championship with a quarterfinal matchup against No. 5 New Hampshire Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at SEFCU Arena in Albany. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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Last Time Out
Chikilra Goodman matched a career-best and led all scorers with 19 points, while Sabre Proctor tallied 14 points, but Stony Brook (14-15, 6-10 AE) dropped a 60-49 decision at first-place Albany (25-3, 16-0) Saturday, March 2. Trailing by 12 at the break, the Seawolves opened the second stanza on an 8-0 run thanks to a layup in transition by Goodman and back-to-back-to-back hoops by Proctor to climb within four, 35-31, but the Great Danes outlasted SBU to secure an unblemished regular season in conference play. Stony Brook outscored Albany, 26-25, in the second frame.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire (11-17, 6-10 AE) earned a No. 5 seed courtesy of a win over Maine, 83-63, and losses by Vermont and UMBC on the final day of the regular season. Cari Reed and Morgan Frame average double-figures in scoring at 12.6 and 10.8 points per game, respectively, while Frame paces the squad on the glass with 6.9 rebounds per contest. The Wildcats are dangerous at the line as they hold a 69.7 percent free throw percentage, the best in the conference. UNH ranks last in the league in steals with 5.6 per contest and seventh in turnover margin with a -3.04 average.
The Seawolves swept the Wildcats after a 48-44 win in Durham Jan. 5 and a 60-47 victory at Pritchard Feb. 2. The sweep marked the first for SBU since it took two from Maine in 2010-11. Chikilra Goodman has fared well against New Hampshire in her first go around the league, averaging 14.5 points versus the Wildcats, including an 18-point effort in January. UNH owns a 17-10 lead in the all-time series and a 2-1 edge in America East Championship games.
America East Championship History
Stony Brook's last win in the conference championship came in the 2010-11 first round game, when it downed No. 8 Maine, 76-55, in the ninth spot. The Seawolves' most recent quarterfinals victory was in 2010 when they took down No. 5 Binghamton, 60-71, as the fourth seed. SBU stunned opponents en route to an appearance in the championship game, where it finished runner-up to Hartford in a close 60-57 bout, as a seven seed in 2001-02, its first year in the America East playoffs. The Seawolves have twice been a No. 2 seed, their highest ever, in 2006 and 2007. SBU is 6-11 all-time in the tournament after falling to Maine in a first round game, 49-43, last season.
How Sweep It Is!
Stony Brook completed regular-season sweeps of UNH 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.
Seawolves on the Rise
Stony Brook has notched its most wins in a season since posting 18 victories in 2006-07 and has made one of the five best turnarounds in the nation to date. This is the highest seeding for the Seawolves in the America East Championship since securing a four seed in 2009-10. SBU is currently averaging almost 10 points per game higher than it did last year (53.2 compared to 43.6) on an improved field goal percentage (37.7 percent in 2012-13 compared to 31.3 percent in 2011-12).
Opponents are shooting only 38.3 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 55.5 points per game. SBU is 12-2 when allowing less than 54 points.
Averaging a team-high 10.9 points per game on 44.6 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 11 times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona on Dec. 30, and has reached double-digits in points on 14 occasions. The North Carolina A&T transfer, who led all scorers with 19 points against Maine Feb. 23, is third in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 78.3 percent (72-for-92) from the charity stripe.
Century Mark Club
Dani Klupenger is the fifth SBU women's hoopster to tally 100 career triples. The senior currently sits fourth all-time at Stony Brook in made treys with 111.
SBU All-Time 3-Point Field Goals Made
1. Myeema Ford, 2003-07...................................181
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 (+3.8) and rebounding defense (33.4). Jessica Previlon is fourth in the league in rebounding and first in offensive rebounds with eight and 3.1 per game, respectively. Defensively, Goodman and Previlon are third and fifth, respectively, with 5.3 and 4.9 boards per game.
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.
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
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 98 assists this year and is two 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 11 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).
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.
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, Get Your RED on Minute, presented by Petro, features a team or student-athlete each week and informs viewers of upcoming events. Watch the latest episode on GoSeawolves.org.
A win would pit Stony Brook against No. 1 Albany in the conference semifinals Sunday, March 10. The time is TBA.