Stony Brook's Season Ends in WNIT 1st Round
Story courtesy GoSeawolves.org
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team saw its historic 2013-14 campaign come to a close in an 86-48 defeat at Michigan Friday night at Crisler Arena in the first round of the WNIT. The Seawolves won a Division I-record 24 games, tied for the most in school history with the 1986-87 team, and made their second Division I postseason appearance.
Sophomore forward Brittany Snow recorded a team-high 16 points for Stony Brook (24-9). Junior forward Sabre Proctor scored 13 points, and senior guard Chikilra Goodman poured in 11 points in her finale.
Siera Thompson led all scorers with 17 points as Michigan improved to 19-13 on the season.
"I give a lot of credit to Michigan," said head coach Beth O'Boyle.
"They're a Big Ten program and have been successful in the conference. I'm really proud of our team effort tonight. What a way to go out. We just battled. Obviously, the scoreboard isn't what we wanted it to be, but our players competed hard the whole game. I'm just so proud of where we've taken the program. Seniors Teasha [Harris]. Chikilra [Goodman] and Natalie [Myers] have done such a great job for us, and we're definitely going to miss them."
After Michigan jetted off to a 23-10 lead, the Seawolves came back with a 9-2 run, punctuated by a Kristie Costantino trifecta that cut the deficit to six, 25-19, with just under seven minutes until half. Shannon Smith nailed a jumper on the other end, but Snow put in a shot off the glass to get Stony Brook back within six, 27-21, at the 5:34 mark.
Nicole Elmblad nailed three consecutive shots to put Michigan's lead back in double figures, 33-21, with 2:14 remaining in the opening stanza. Madison Ristovski buried a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run and give the Wolverines a 36-21 at 1:38.
Michigan led 38-26 at the half despite 13 points from Proctor and held Stony Brook to without a field goal for the first 4:27 of the second stanza.Stony Brook has posted a 10-win improvement in back-to-back seasons, going from four wins in 2011-12, to 14 wins in 2012-13, to 24 wins this year. The postseason berth was the first for the program since 2005-06, when the team also appeared in the WNIT.