Thursday, March 1, 2012

Women's Hoops opens AE Championships vs. Maine Thursday

Stony Brook, N.Y. -
2011-12 Virtual Guide
Game #30: No. 9 Stony Brook Seawolves (4-25) vs. No. 8 Maine Black Bears (7-22)
2012 America East Championships First Round
Thurs., Mar. 1 • Chase Arena • West Hartford, Conn. • 6:05 p.m.

On the Radio
WUSB 90.1 FM & GoSeawolves. org with Jeff Bernstein '92

Stony Brook Seawolves (4-25)
Head Coach: Beth O'Boyle, first season
Overall Record: 4-25
Record at SBU: same
Maine Black Bears (7-22)
Head Coach: Richard Barron, first season
Overall Record: 159-161
Record at Maine: 7-22
About the Game: Stony Brook kicks off the 2012 America East Championships on Thursday night, taking on Maine in the first round. The winner will take on top-seeded Boston University in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 12 p.m.

Scouting the Black Bears: Maine finished the regular season with a victory over the Seawolves which snapped a six-game losing streak. The Black Bears are looking for their first America East tournament victory since 2006.Maine won both meetings between the teams this season after Stony Brook had won the previous five match-ups including the first round game of the 2011 America East Championship. The Black Bears are led by Samantha Baranowski, who leads the America East with a .488 field goal percentage. Baranowski averaged 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds against the Seawolves this season. Maine is 1-4 all-time in the opening round game and 1-3 as the No. 8 seed.

Last time out: Stony Brook's women's basketball team dropped its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Maine Black Bears, 45-40. Senior Tamiel Murray led the Seawolves with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman Kellie Krueger added eight points and junior Jessica Previlon chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds. Brittany Williams paced Maine with 12 points.
Meet the Seawolves: Junior Dani Klupenger was named the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year on Tuesday. Klupenger led the Seawolves with 41 threes and scored a career-high 18 points in the victory over Vermont in the conference opener.