Top-seeded Hartford scored the final 14 points of the game and defeated the Stony Brook women's basketball team, 65-43, in an America East Tournament semifinal Sunday in West Hartford, Conn.
Junior forward Kirsten Jeter led the fourth-seeded Seawolves with 19 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Stony Brook (10-20) cut its deficit to 51-43 with 5:33 to play on a jump shot by Jeter before 23rd-ranked Hartford (27-3) pulled away for its 20th consecutive victory.
Misha Horsey scored 11 points for the Seawolves. Reserve Mary Silvia had 17 points and Daphne Elliott added 13 points off the bench for Hartford. The Hawks' reserves outscored the Stony Brook reserves 44-0.
Hartford will host second-seeded Vermont, a 69-52 winner over Boston University, in the championship game Saturday. It will be the first time since 2000 the top two seeds meet for the conference title.
The Hawks could be without all-conference player Erica Beverly, who on Sunday became the first Hartford player to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a season, before suffering a knee injury. Beverly finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Jeter, who eclipsed the 1,000-point and 500-rebound plateaus this season, was named to the all-conference second team.
Stony Brook advanced to the semifinals with a 71-60 victory over Binghamton on Saturday.