The Stony Brook women's basketball team took another step toward its goal of earning the program's first NCAA Tournament berth Friday, beating UMBC, 61-49, in an America East Tournament quarterfinal at SEFCU Arena in Albany.
It was the eighth straight victory for the second-seeded Seawolves (23-7), which tied their Division I program record. They earned their first conference tournament triumph since a 76-55 win over Maine in a play-in game in 2011. Seventh-seeded UMBC finished 4-25.
A 20-0 run gave Stony Brook a 25-7 lead with 5:13 left in the first half. Jessica Ogunnorin had 13 points and Chikilra Goodman added 12 points and six rebounds for the Seawolves, who will face third-seeded New Hampshire, an 85-79 winner over Vermont, in a semifinal Sunday.
"I thought it was a great game,'' Stony Brook coach Beth O'Boyle said. "I have a lot of respect for coach [Phil] Stern. His team always plays hard, and we knew that we would have to play well to earn the win today. I think we did a great job of really pressuring the ball, which allowed us to get some points off of turnovers."