Sunday, February 9, 2014

Proctor leads balanced #Seawolves attack in important win over UNH, 76-63

Stony Brook, N.Y. -Junior forward Sabre Proctor led the #Seawolves with 21 points as the Stony Brook women's basketball team claimed a 76-63 win over New Hampshire Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Miranda Jenkins scored a career-high 17 points, and freshman guard Kori Bayne-Walker tallied nine of her 10 points in the second half.
Senior guard Chikilra Goodman finished with eight points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four assists. The win put Stony Brook (17-7, 8-3 America East) one game back in the loss column of New Hampshire (14-9, 8-2) for second place in the conference standings.
Kelsey Hogan led all scorers with 25 points for New Hampshire.
Head Coach Beth O'Boyle's Reaction
"I thought it was a really good team effort today. UNH is a great team and is very well coached. We had a lot of intensity on defense, which helped us create more opportunities for ourselves on offense."
Turning Point
As expected, the first half was a tightly contested affair with neither team holding more than an eight-point edge and Stony Brook taking a 30-25 lead into the locker room at the break behind 12 points from Proctor.
The Seawolves opened the second stanza on a 10-4 run and took their first double-digit advantage of the afternoon, 40-29, when Bayne-Walker fed Proctor down low for a layup at 16:20. New Hampshire scored the next seven points to pull to within four, 40-36, after a Hogan 3-pointer with 12:54 on the clock.
O'Boyle called timeout, and Jenkins responded quickly with a jumper at 12:20. Corinne Coia hit a jump shot on the other end, but Bayne-Walker answered with a three-point play that put SB up by seven, 45-38, with 11:31 left. Moments later, Jenkins came away with the steal and took the ball right to the hoop for a layup and 47-38 Stony Brook lead.

Another converted three-point play by Bayne-Walker stretched the advantage to 12, 50-38, at the 10:39 mark, and a pair of free throws by Proctor punctuated a 17-4 run and put Stony Brook ahead, 57-40, with 8:54 to play.
UNH got within 10 points for the fourth time in the final 4:27 when a Kaylee Kilpatrick baseline jumper put the score at 70-60 with 1:45 on the clock. However, Stony Brook hit four of its final five free throws and Jenkins put in one last bucket to secure the win. 
Inside the Numbers
  • Proctor did her damage on 7-for-10 shooting from the field. The Seawolves drained 51 percent of their field goal attempts (26-for-51).
  • Junior guard Jessica Ogunnorin tallied nine points and six boards.
  • Bayne-Walker dished out three helpers.
  • The Seawolves outscored New Hampshire on fast-break opportunities, 8-0.
  • Jenkins matched a career high with three steals.
  • Stony Brook outrebounded New Hampshire, 38-23, and led, 10-7, on the offensive glass. Jenkins and Goodman grabbed three offensive rebounds apiece.
  • After the Wildcats shot 55.6 percent (5-for-9) from beyond the arc in the first half, Stony Brook held them to 25 percent (3-for-12) in the second half.
  • The Seawolves shot 84.6 percent (22-for-26) from the free throw line. New Hampshire was 5-for-8 at the stripe.
News and Notes
  • The win snapped a two-game Stony Brook skid against New Hampshire as the two squads split the regular-season series.
  • The Seawolves improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in America East play at home this season.
  • Proctor scored in double figures for the 21st time this season and 36th time in her career, putting her in sole possession on Stony Brook's all-time double-digit scoring ledger. She is one game shy of matching Dana Ferraro for seventh on the list.
  • Proctor has scored 20 or more points eight times this season.