62° Good Morning
62° Good Morning
SportsCollegeCollege Basketball

WBB: Stony Brook building with defense

Stony Brook guard Sam Landers during practice. (Oct.

Stony Brook guard Sam Landers during practice. (Oct. 27, 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Stony Brook women picked up their second win of the season Tuesday night, knocking off Youngstown State, 54-47, at Pritchard Gymnasium. It was also the second straight win for the Seawolves, who knocked off Morgan State last week.

It’s been a tough start to the season for the Seawolves (3-10), who are breaking in first-year head coach Beth O’Boyle. Offense has been hard to come by and depth has been an issue.

But one thing that hasn’t been a problem for Stony Brook has been its defense. The Seawolves are 54th in the country in scoring defense (54.8). That’s not bad considering there are 342 Division I basketball programs.

O’Boyle was pleased with her team’s effort on Tuesday night.

“Tonight, like last Wednesday [Morgan State], was a total team effort,” O’Boyle said. “We did a great job closing out on their shooters and our execution on the offensive end down the stretch was terrific. Hopefully we can carry the momentum from these last couple games to the start of conference play next week.”

Youngstown State was the fifth opponent Stony Brook has held under 50 points this season.

Next up for the Seawolves is an America East battle against Vermont on January 2. Vermont (6-5) has cooled off after a fast start and has lost four straight. With games agaubst No.15 Georgetown and La Salle on Thursday and Friday, the Catamounts will be looking to take out their frustrations on the Seawolves.

Hopefully O’Boyle’s bunch is up for the task.

New York Sports