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One-two punch in paint leads SB women

Stony Brook's Kirsten Jeter (32) drives against St.

Stony Brook's Kirsten Jeter (32) drives against St. John's Da'Shena Stevens (3) in the second half. (Nov. 15, 2009) Credit: Newsday / Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan

What a difference a little size can make.

Stony Brook's one-two punch in the middle of Kirsten Jeter (26 points, 8 rebounds) and Juanita Cochran combined for 34 points and 16 rebounds in an easy 76-55 win over Maine in an America East Conference tournament play-in game Thursday night.

The 6-2 Cochran was the star with 22 points in Stony Brook's 54-37 win over Binghamton last Saturday. Her breakout performance has clearly made it a little easier for Jeter.  Sam Landers added 13 points in the win.

But the night belonged to Jeter, who also chipped in four assists and five steals.

“Kirsten is one of the best players in the conference,” Stony Brook interim coach Evelyn Thompson said of the senior. “When she’s done, she’s going to leave her mark on the conference.”

Jeter was named to the All-America East third team.

As for Stony Brook's improved play, Thompson attributed it to her team's attention to detail.

"We have focus and belief," she said. "The belief to get it done and the focus to get it done."

Stony Brook (7-22) gets top-seeded UMBC in a quarterfiinal on Friday at 6 p.m.

Said Thompson: "All you need is one good weekend."

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