Saturday, February 23, 2013

Seniors lift women's hoops over Maine, 56-53

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Playing in her final game at Pritchard, Dani Klupengertied a career-high with 18 points on a career-best six triples to help the Stony Brook women’s basketball team rally for a 56-53 win over Maine on Senior Day Saturday.
Sophomore Sabre Proctor led all scorers with 19 points, while senior forwardGerda Gatling pulled down a game-best and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds. Jessica Previlon, a senior, chipped in eight points and eight boards as Stony Brook improved to 14-14 overall and 6-9 in the America East. 
Lauren Bodine paced Maine (4-23, 3-11 AE) with 16 points, while Liz Wood added 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.
Bodine and Klupenger were named America East Players of the Game.
Coach’s Reaction
“It was a great game. I think our seniors really set the tone for us in the beginning of the matchup. It’s just special when you can send your seniors out on such a good day.”
--Head Coach Beth O’Boyle
Turning Point
Maine took a 39-29 advantage on a triple by Bodine with 12:31 remaining in regulation. Sophie Wecksrom grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer byChikilra Goodman on the other end, but Previlon stole the ball from her and drove to the hole for a lay-up to close the gap to eight, 39-31, about 20 seconds later and forced the guests to call timeout.
With the score the same at the 10:51 mark, Klupenger took a pass from classmate Gatling and nailed a shot from behind the arc as Stony Brook found itself within five, 39-34.

Goodman fouled Courtney Anderson as she attempted a trey, and the guard knocked down all three free throws to push the Black Bear’s lead to eight, 42-34, with 10:26 remaining.
On the next possession, Proctor drove to the basket for the hoop-and-the-harm and connected for a three-point play as a back-and-forth contest began with 10:03 remaining.
Liz Wood tallied a lay-up, but Proctor nailed back-to-back jumpers before the under-eight media timeout, 44-41.
Wood hit another bucket in the paint with 7:06 remaining, but Brittany Snow sank a pair of shots from the charity stripe to keep the gap at three, 46-43, with just under seven minutes left in the second frame.
After a traveling violation on Weckstrom, Proctor took a feed from Previlon inside and laid it in as Stony Brook took its first lead since the opening minute, 46-45, at the 4:55 mark.
Maine grabbed the advantage right back on a lay-up by Chantel Charles less than 20 ticks later, but Proctor responded with a hoop that gave Stony Brook a 49-48 edge with 4:11 remaining. The home team would never trail again en route to a come-from-behind victory.
By the Numbers
  • The Seawolves outrebounded their Maine, 41-35, to mark the 17th time this season SBU has won the battle of the boards. The squad improved to 12-5 when pacing its competitor on the glass.
  • Stony Brook forced 20 turnovers while committing only 13.
  • Proctor led SBU in scoring for a team-high 11th time this year, while Gatling has paced the Seawolves on the glass five times.
  • SBU was 6-for-15 (40 percent) from downtown, including 3-for-6 (50 percent) in the second stanza
  • Proctor has reached double-figures in points 13 times, while Klupenger has hit double-digits in scoring on seven occasions.
  • Maine’s largest lead was 11, 24-13 with 5:28 remaining in the first half.  
News and Notes
  • Goodman tallied three assists to improve her season total to 97. She is three away from tying Lisa White for 10th all-time at Stony Brook for helpers in a single season.
  • The team honored its six seniors, Taylor BurnerAmanda Corona, Gatling, Klupenger, Sam Landers and Previlon, prior to the game as part of Senior Day. All five seniors who are actively playing started. The Seawolves’ 2013 senior class has amassed a combined 450 appearances and helped lead the team to its most wins in a single season since the 2006-07 campaign, started.
  • SBU finishes the season with a 9-6 home mark.
  • Klupenger tallied six 3-pointerto bring her career total to 111. She is one of only five Seawolves to tally 100 treys in her career and sits at fourth all-time at Stony Brook in made triples.
Up Next
The Seawolves wrap up their regular season at Albany Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.