UAlbany WBB’s 38-Game Conference Winning Streak Ends After 66-56 Defeat to Stony Brook
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany women’s basketball team’s historic 38-game America East winning streak came to a close on Saturday in a 66-56 home defeat to Stony Brook.
“It is a tough loss; it is a wake up call for everyone,” says UAlbany head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “We are going to be tougher and meaner for the upcoming tournament.”
The last time UAlbany had fallen in a conference game was on January 28th, 2012.
“It was going to end sometime, but what matters is that we are the 1-seed in the tournament,” said Abrahamson-Henderson.
UAlbany (25-4, 15-1 AE), as the 1-seed in the 2014 America East Tournament, will take on 8-seed Binghamton on Friday at 6 p.m. Stony Brook (22-7, 13-3 AE) secured the two-seed with the win.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Craig. “This is a great learning experience for us.”
For the Seawolves, Chikilra Goodwon led the team with 13 points, 14 rebounds and three steals. Jessica Ogunnorin had a game-high 18 points.
Margarita Rosario hit her shots from long range early as a 5-0 run from her gave the home team a 6-2 lead. A couple more layups in the paint made the UAlbany advantage to 10-6.
At 12-9 UAlbany, Stony Brook struck hard in the paint with four different players scoring in an 11-2 run in a span of two minutes to build a 20-14 lead with 8:47 in the first.
A Shereesha Richards layup ended the Stony Brook run as the two sides went back and forth on scoring. UAlbany pulled to within four twice after a Royals jumper and later a Jessica Fequiere three. The Seawolves saw Goodman and Sabre Proctor hit layups in the final minutes of the half to send Stony Brook into the locker room up 30-21.
The teams continued to tussle as neither side could establish a run. Layups by Craig countered points by Goodman and Ogunnorin. Stony Brook built its lead to 42-29 with 12:39 in the second.
The Great Danes pressured well in the backcourt, forcing turnovers in the backcourt with the crowd of 1,089 cheering them on. Craig and Royals hit layups in a 9-0 run to pull UAlbany with four 42-38 with 10:35 remaining.
The visitors stopped the run with a Goodman three, and after Craig hit a layup the other way, a couple of small Stony Brook runs helped the Seawolves build the lead to 60-45.
UAlbany tried a last gasp effort, pulling to within six following an Erin Coughlin three to make it 62-56 with 43 seconds left. Coughlin then forced a turnover in the backcourt, but UAlbany missed a three-pointer, and Stony Brook hit free throws down the stretch to hold and win 66-56.
UAlbany will get ready for the tournament on Friday, taking on Binghamton at 6 p.m. at the SEFCU Arena.