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Stony Brook women end Albany's winning streak

Rutgers' Chelsey Lee, right, tries to block the

Rutgers' Chelsey Lee, right, tries to block the path of Stony Brook guard Chikilra Goodman (32) during the first half of a game in Piscataway, N.J. (Dec. 21, 2012) Credit: AP

It wasn't going to happen a second time to the Stony Brook women's basketball team.

When the Seawolves played first-place Albany earlier this season, they squandered an eight-point halftime lead in a 14-point loss to the streaking Great Danes.

Stony Brook finished the deal this time, earning a stunning 66-56 victory on Saturday in Albany that halted the Great Danes' America East Conference-record winning streak at 38.

The conference defeat was the first for Albany (25-4, 15-1) since Jan. 28, 2012, a 62-55 loss to Hartford.

"We wanted to go into the America East Championship feeling good,'' Stony Brook coach Beth O'Boyle said. "I have such respect for Katie [Abrahamson-Henderson, Albany's coach] and her players. We knew we needed to play a complete game to win it, and I am so proud of our players for playing so hard."

Junior guard Jessica Ogunnorin had a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds, Chikilra Goodman added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Brittany Snow had 11 points and five rebounds for the Seawolves (22-7, 13-3).

The win locked up the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for Stony Brook, which plays No. 7 UMBC in a quarterfinal at noon Friday at SEFCU Arena in Albany.

Stony Brook also ended an eight-game losing streak against the Great Danes.

Albany trimmed a 42-29 second-half deficit to 45-40 with 9:22 left. Stony Brook answered with a 15-5 run and took its largest lead of the game, 60-45, with 4:18 remaining.

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