VESTAL, N.Y. — With Stony Brook trailing by three points in the closing seconds, three chances at a buzzer-beater came up empty for the Seawolves, who lost to Maine, 51-48, on Sunday in an America East Tournament women’s basketball semifinal.
Two three-point tries by Christa Scognamiglio and one by Kori Bayne-Walker missed in the final 20 seconds as the chance to play for the tournament championship slipped away. Trailing 51-48 with two minutes to play, Stony Brook held Maine scoreless in its final three possessions, but the Seawolves were shut out, too.
Stony Brook missed its last nine field-goal tries and didn’t score a basket in the final 6:36.
Maine will face host Albany for the title at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Brittany Snow had 14 points for the Seawolves (17-14) and Ogechi Anyagaligbo had a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds).
“If you can have fun on defense, it’s a good day,” Snow said. “Our team really brought energy in that sense. That’s our team. But today we just didn’t hit the last one.”
The Seawolves struggled early and trailed 15-9 after a quarter. The Black Bears (26-7) took command in the second quarter, taking a 21-10 lead before Stony Brook cut it to 28-20 at halftime. “I told our team we had 20 minutes left and we had to play inspired basketball,” coach Caroline McCombs said. “We had to take care of the ball, take good shots and continue to attack the basket.”
Stony Brook opened the third with a 6-0 run. After scoring only two points from the paint in the first half, the Seawolves produced 18 inside in the third period while outscoring Maine 20-9 to take a 40-37 lead.
Bayne-Walker hit a layup to open the fourth, but Maine tied it at 44 with 6:14 to go. Two free throws by Anyagaligbo gave the lead back to Stony Brook at 46-44, but the Black Bears used a 7-2 run to go up 51-48.
“We really played Stony Brook basketball,” McCombs said. “I thought our young ladies were fighting and competing as hard as they could every possession. I’m really proud of our effort tonight.
“We played inspired and stuck together for the entire 40 minutes. Unfortunately, we fell a shot or two short.”