Saturday, January 15, 2011

Women’s Hoops rally falls short at New Hampshire

Durham, N.H. (Jan. 15, 2011) – Senior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) scored a career-high 27 points and the Stony Brook University women’s basketball team cut an 11-point second half deficit to two but the New Hampshire Wildcats held on for a 75-68 victory on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Jeter went 9-for 19 from the field and 9-for-14 from the foul line in addition to grabbing five rebounds. Sophomore Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) knocked four threes and scored a career-best 14 points. Cari Reed tallied 17 of her team-high 21 points in the first half for New Hampshire (4-13, 1-4 AE) while Denise Beliveau had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Seawolves (3-13, 0-4 AE) trailed 53-44 with 11:25 left but Jeter hit two free throws and then stole the ball following a Sarah Frankenberger defensive rebound and then hit the lay-up while getting fouled. She knocked down the free throw to make it 53-49 and sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) then took the ball coast-to-coast to bring the Seawolves within two and force a UNH timeout midway through the half.

Beliveau ended a four-minute UNH drought with a driving lay-up and Reed and Kelsey Hogan followed with back-to-back threes to push the Wildcats lead back to 10. A put-back hoop from junior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) brought SBU back within seven but another three from Hogan made it 68-58 with four minutes to go.

Jeter cut the UNH lead to six with 2:02 left and Beliveau then made one of two free throws to make it 69-62. But Klupenger drilled a three and Jeter then stole the ball in the UNH backcourt and was fouled. She made one of two free throws before Hogan made two free throws with a minute left to make it 71-66.

Jacobs made two free throws on the other end and the Seawolves forced a UNH miss with 30 seconds left. But Reed grabbed the rebound and SBU was forced to foul. Reed made one of two free throws to make it 72-68 and Stony Brook then turned it over on their ensuing possession as the Wildcats held on for the victory.

Stony Brook held UNH to 33 percent shooting and forced the Wildcats into 22 turnovers. But New Hampshire out-rebounded the Seawolves, 47-30, and scored 18 second chance points in addition to hitting nine of their 24 three-point attempts.

New Hampshire scored the first 12 points of the game before Landers drilled a three from the left corner for the Seawolves first points. UNH pushed its lead to 19-5 but Klupenger responded with Stony Brook’s second three of the game.  

The Seawolves trailed by 13 with eight minutes left but Jeter scored five points over the next minute to bring SBU within eight. UNH still led by 11 with four minutes to go before a Jeter jumper made it 35-26. But Reed scored the game’s next five points to push the UNH lead back to 14.

Klupenger answered with her second three of the half though and Jeter then hit two free throws to trim the Seawolves deficit back to nine. Jacobs scored with two seconds left to send SBU into the break trailing 42-34.

Jeter scored 15 points in the opening half while Klupenger added eight. Jacobs scored the first hoop of the second half off a beautiful feed from Landers but UNH scored the next four points to push its lead back to 10.

 The Seawolves return to action on Tuesday, hosting Albany at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.