Women's hoops inks five players to NLI's

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Dec. 20, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball program and head coach Beth O'Boyle announced the signings of five players to NLI's on Thursday. Jasmine Bailey, Kori Bayne-Walker, Kristie Costantino, Angelica Hauer and Elizabeth Manner will join the Seawolves for the 2013-14 season.

"This class is an extremely competitive and successful group of players," O'Boyle said. "They have a winning attitude and will help us build a program that strives for the America East Championship."

Bailey joins the Seawolves from St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. A forward/center, Bailey is a three-year starter and was named team captain this season. In 2010-11, Bailey helped the squad to the WCAC Championship, the City Title Championship and the Bishop Walsh Invitational Championship. The following season, Bailey again helped the team to the Bishop Walsh title and was named WCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention after drawing over 30 charges and averaging six points and five boards. Bailey also played for the Maryland Lady Terps 17U AAU team in the summer of 2011 and '12.

"Jasmine is one of the toughest players I've ever seen play," O'Boyle explained. "She does it all: takes charges, dives on the floor and makes all the hustle plays. She has an unbelievable work ethic and has a tremendous amount of experience playing at a very high level with both her AAU and high school programs."

Bayne-Walker comes to Stony Brook from Rochester, N.Y. and Gates Chili High School. A court-savvy point guard, Bayne-Walker has been named All-Greater Rochester three years in a row and first-team All-Monroe County between 2009-11. As a sophomore, Bayne-Walker led the team to its first-ever sectional basketball title and a spot in the state finals. In her junior season, the Rochester native eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau en route to an All-State nomination. Prior to this season, Bayne-Walker averaged better than 18 points and five assists per game, which has since increased to 20 points per game as a senior.

"Kori has the ability to make her teammates better," O'Boyle explained. "She's an incredible playmaker who can score at the hoop and stuff the stat-sheets with steals and assists."

Costantino joins the Seawolves from Archbishop Carroll High School in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. A four-year varsity guard, Costantino was a member of the 4A Pennsylvania State Championship team in 2012 and the Philadelphia Catholic League Championship team in 2010 and '12. Costantino averaged eight points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds as a junior en route to second-team All-Delco and All-Main Line Times honors. Named MVP of the 2012 Blue Chip Super Sunday, Costantino also plays AAU ball for the Lady Runnin Rebels and averaged 14 points and six assists last season.

"Kristie is a tenacious defender with a high level of energy," O'Boyle said. "She's a natural floor leader who can shoot the three and comes from a very strong tradition of great basketball with her AAU and high school programs."

Hauer joins the Seawolf family from Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, N.Y. A 6'3 center, Hauer was named All-Section and All-Conference in each of the last two seasons. As a senior, Hauer has recorded a double-double in every game and is averaging almost 19 points per contest.

"Angelica is a very versatile player with a strong interior presence at both ends of the floor," O'Boyle said. "She's a great shot blocker who is very skilled."

The fifth member of the incoming class, Elizabeth Manner comes to Stony Brook from Oakton High School in Vienna, Va. A 6'1 forward, Manner was a 2012 Virginia AAA State Champion and was named the Player of the Game in the title contest after racking up 13 points and 16 boards. Manner was also named to the Max Prep/National Guard Tour of Champions Team, one of only 10 honorees nationwide. Manner averaged 11.9 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior and has increased her scoring output to 21.7 points per game as a senior, including a school record 44-point performance earlier this week. A four-year varsity player, Manner belongs to the National Honor Society and is a four-year Scholar Athlete.

"Elizabeth has a great knack for scoring from both the outside and inside," O'Boyle said. "She has an incredible ability to run the floor, and with such a soft touch around the basket, she's very difficult for defenders to cover."

The Seawolves (7-4) are off to their best start since 2005-06 and will face BIG EAST foe Rutgers on Friday at 5 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J.