Stony Brook women top UMBC, reach conference semifinals

Stony Brook's Sabre Proctor moves the ball past

Stony Brook's Sabre Proctor moves the ball past UMBC's Emily Russo during the first half of the America East Tournament quarterfinal women's basketball game in Albany on Friday, March 7, 2014. (Credit: Hans Pennink)

The Stony Brook women's basketball team took another step toward its goal of earning the program's first NCAA Tournament berth Friday, beating UMBC, 61-49, in an America East Tournament quarterfinal at SEFCU Arena in Albany.

It was the eighth straight victory for the second-seeded Seawolves (23-7), which tied their Division I program record. They earned their first conference tournament triumph since a 76-55 win over Maine in a play-in game in 2011. Seventh-seeded UMBC finished 4-25.

A 20-0 run gave Stony Brook a 25-7 lead with 5:13 left in the first half. Jessica Ogunnorin had 13 points and Chikilra Goodman added 12 points and six rebounds for the Seawolves, who will face third-seeded New Hampshire, an 85-79 winner over Vermont, in a semifinal Sunday.

"I thought it was a great game,'' Stony Brook coach Beth O'Boyle said. "I have a lot of respect for coach [Phil] Stern. His team always plays hard, and we knew that we would have to play well to earn the win today. I think we did a great job of really pressuring the ball, which allowed us to get some points off of turnovers."

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