Stony Brook women end Albany's winning streak
It wasn't going to happen a second time to the Stony Brook women's basketball team.
When the Seawolves played first-place Albany earlier this season, they squandered an eight-point halftime lead in a 14-point loss to the streaking Great Danes.
Stony Brook finished the deal this time, earning a stunning 66-56 victory on Saturday in Albany that halted the Great Danes' America East Conference-record winning streak at 38.
The conference defeat was the first for Albany (25-4, 15-1) since Jan. 28, 2012, a 62-55 loss to Hartford.
"We wanted to go into the America East Championship feeling good,'' Stony Brook coach Beth O'Boyle said. "I have such respect for Katie [Abrahamson-Henderson, Albany's coach] and her players. We knew we needed to play a complete game to win it, and I am so proud of our players for playing so hard."
Junior guard Jessica Ogunnorin had a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds, Chikilra Goodman added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Brittany Snow had 11 points and five rebounds for the Seawolves (22-7, 13-3).
The win locked up the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for Stony Brook, which plays No. 7 UMBC in a quarterfinal at noon Friday at SEFCU Arena in Albany.
Stony Brook also ended an eight-game losing streak against the Great Danes.
Albany trimmed a 42-29 second-half deficit to 45-40 with 9:22 left. Stony Brook answered with a 15-5 run and took its largest lead of the game, 60-45, with 4:18 remaining.