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Stony Brook women win America East opener vs. Hartford

Stony Brook's Brittany Snow, center, lines up a

Stony Brook's Brittany Snow, center, lines up a basket while Hartford's Darby Lee, left, looks on during the 2016 America East women's basketball quarterfinal game at Binghamton University in Binghamton, Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016. Credit: Heather Ainsworth/ Heather Ainsworth

VESTAL, N.Y. — The Stony Brook women’s basketball team snapped out of a funk Saturday, downing Hartford, 60-42, in their America East quarterfinal to end a five-game losing streak.

The third-seeded Seawolves (17-13, 9-8 America East) face No. 2 Maine Sunday in the conference semifinals.

Senior forward Brittany Snow, a second-team All-America East selection, led the way for Stony Brook with 20 points. SBU freshman forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo, the America East Rookie of the Year, recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“I was really proud of how our team came out ready to play this afternoon,” Stony Brook coach Caroline McCombs said. “I thought we played inspired basketball . . .”

Stony Brook held No. 6 Hartford to just 30.9 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded the Hawks, 34-26.

Over the first seven minutes following the break, Hartford managed to whittle its deficit to nine points. But Snow responded with a layup to push her team’s lead back to double-digits, propelling the Seawolves on a 15-4 run that put the game out of reach.

Hartford connected on just 5 of 25 field-goal attempts in the first half. Stony Brook used an 11-2 run to start the second period to jump out to a 14-point lead and carried a 29-14 advantage into halftime.

“I think that just got us going early,” said Stony Brook junior guard Christa Scognamiglio, who knocked down a three-pointer during the run. “I thought we threw the first punch and came out really strong.”

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