STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Five players posted in double-figures to lift Stony Brook University past the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, 77-37, on Saturday afternoon at the Stony Brook Sports Complex. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the Wildcats with eight points, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded six points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Freshman Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead with a layup just 45 seconds into the game, but the team went without a field goal for over ten minutes of action, allowing for a 19-point Seawolves lead (23-4) with 9:58 to play in the first. The 17-0 Stony Brook run included six points by Aly Young. Junior Danielle Flowers (Chalfont, Pa.) hit a jumper at 9:48 to end the scoring drought, however New Hampshire could not make another field goal for the remainder of the half.
The Wildcats, who hit just 10.5 percent (2-of-19) from the field in the first, had three players going perfect from the free throw line for a team total 14-of-20. Chrissy Hall (Northbridge, Mass.) sunk four straight from the charity stripe to make it 29-11 with 6:40 remaining. Hall finished the game with four points, two rebounds and two blocks for the Wildcats. Flowers then drained a free throw to get within 17 (29-12) with 5:27 to play. The Seawolves shot 47.1 percent (16-of-34) in the first half and had xx players scoring to take a 23-point lead (41-18) into the locker room at the half.
Stony Brook’s Misha Horsey drained a jumper to open up the second half to make it 43-18 just 28 seconds into the final frame. Fowler hit a jumper for the Wildcats’ first of the half, then Simpson drained a 3-pointer to make it 45-23 with just over 17 minutes to play. The Seawolves went on a 5-1 run to take a 26-point lead (50-24), but Simpson hit another trifecta to make it 50-27 with 14:05 remaining. Stony Brook went on another run to make it 59-27 with just over nine minutes to play. The 9-0 run included four points by both Young and Jodie Plikus.
Freshman Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) hit back-to-back buckets to cut the lead to 59-31 with 6:22 to play. McDonald finished with eight points and four rebounds for the Wildcats. The Seawolves, however, held New Hampshire scoreless for over six minutes to make it a 40-point lead (71-31) with 2:19 left to play. Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) hit two free throws then McDonald hit two of her own and nail jumper to make it to make it 71-35 with 1:52 to play. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Plikus made it a 77-37 final. Plikus finished the game with 13 points on 5-for-6 from the floor. Young also had 13 to go along with four assists for the Seawolves, while Horsey, Kirsten Jeter and Crystal Rushin all chipped in with ten points for the home team. Rushin led the squad in scoring with seven rebounds.
The Seawolves posted 24 points off New Hampshire’s 24 turnovers. The Wildcats finished the game with a 15.1 shooting percentage (8-for-53), while the Seawolves shot 49.1 percent from the floor (27-of-55), including 57.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Wildcats will begin the America East tournament on Friday, Mar. 14. With the win over Maine on Wednesday, New Hampshire secured the seventh-seed and will play No. 2-seeded Vermont. Time of the game is yet to be determined.