SBU Sports: Women’s Hoops beat Maine in conference

Stony Brook University’s women’s basketball program earned its first conference road win by beating Maine (5-9, 2-2 America East), 63-44, Jan. 9 at the Cross Insurance Center.

The Seawolves had three players scoring in double digits, senior guard Anastasia Warren led the team in scoring with a team-high 15 points. Graduate forwards pagan india and Leighah-Amori wool followed closely behind finishing with 13 points and 12 points, respectively.

Stony Brook came out strong and took an early lead early in the game, thanks to a 14-0 run. The Seawolves were able to build on their momentum in the second quarter where they led the Black Bears by 21 points, the biggest lead in the contest.

Maine rallied in the second half, cutting the lead to just eight with 9:27 to go, but Stony Brook didn’t let the Black Bears get any closer than that as Wool hit three straight pointers for secure the Seawolves’ advance. .

Stony Brook has improved to 11-2, 2-1 America East and won four of its last five games as it heads to a matchup with Vermont on Wednesday night on the island.

STATS AND SCORES

  • Warren’s team-high 15 points marks the fifth time this season she has led the scoring for the Seawolves.
  • junior guard Gigi Gonzalez recorded a career-high four steals and dished out a team-high five assists. It was the fifth time this season that she had handed out five or more assists in a game.
  • Pagan’s 13 points mark the seventh time this season she’s finished in double digits — Stony Brook has won each of those contests.
  • Stony Brook’s defense forced 18 turnovers and allowed just 14 runs in the paint, the lowest amount Maine scored in the paint all season. The 18 forced turnovers are the second most forced against the Black Bears this year.
  • 21 free throws made is a new season high for Stony Brook
  • Stony Brook held the Black Bears well below their average shooting clips as they shot just 29.1 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc. Their season averages are 37.8 and 25.5 respectively.
  • It was the fifth time this season that Stony Brook held an opponent within 50 points. The 44 points allowed is tied for the second-fewest the Seawolves have allowed in a game this season (held Rutgers at 44 points on Nov. 16). Stony Brook has held each of his last two opponents to under 50 points (he held Hartford to a season-low 39 points on Jan. 2).
  • The Seawolves are now 10-0 when they outrun their opponents, winning the battle on the boards, 46-26.
  • The team also improved to 5-1 when three players scored in double figures.

“I’m happy with today’s win on the road against a good Maine team that is tough to beat at home. We started the game very focused, which we talked about as a team. Again, our defense and our rebounds ultimately won the game,” the head coach said. Ashley Langford.