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Stony Brook closes in on next women's coach

Interim Stony Brook women's basketball coach Evelyn Thompson

Interim Stony Brook women's basketball coach Evelyn Thompson is 1-3 since replacing Michele Cherry, who resigned Jan. 16.

The list of candidates to take over as coach of the Stony Brook womens basketball team is beginning to dwindle.

According to sources, Interim coach Evelyn Thompson has already been interviewed and evaluated.

St. John's top assistant Joe Tartamella has also been interviewed and supposedly impressed athletic director Jim Fiore.

Drexel assistant Amy Mallon was also a candidate, but has withdrawn her name from consideration, according to the source.

Canisius associate coach Beth O'Boyle is also believed to be on Stony Brook's list of candidates.

Whoever takes over should be comforted in the fact that the cupboard is not empty. Four-year letter winner Kirsten Jeter has departed along with Jodie Plikus, but second and third leading scorers Sam Landers and Destiny Jacobs return.

Junior guards Tamiel Murray and Whitney Davis return next season.Misha Horsey, who missed the bulk of the season with a torn ACL, may also return as a fifth-year senior.

Stony Brook was boosted by the play of sophomore center Juanita Cochran, who was instrumental in the Seawolves' solid play down the stretch. 

The Seawolves finished 7-23, but had a 54-37 win over Binghamton in their regular-season finale and beat Maine in the America East first-round tournament game. Stony Brook fell to top-seeded UMBC in a close affair, 74-65. Cochran had 15 points and seven rebounds against UMBC and 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocks against Binghamton.

Cochran played through a stress fracture for much of the season. But the closer she got to 100 percent, the better she played. A full season with Cochran, Landers and Jacobs together could lead to a competitive 2011-2012 for Stony Brook.

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