Stony Brook women's basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle conducts practice....

Stony Brook women's basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle conducts practice. (Oct. 27, 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Signs of a turnaround for the Stony Brook women are in plain sight. The Seawolves haven’t been over .500 in December since the 2005-2006 season. Stony Brook moved to 4-3 after Tuesday night’s 51-46 home win over Sacred Heart. Stony Brook matched last year’s win total with Tuesday’s win.

In 2005-2006 Stony Brook finished 20-9 and made the WNIT.

Said Stony Brook coach Beth O’Boyle: "This was a great program win for us. One of the things we were most excited about was our mental toughness tonight. They are a very good team and they are very well coached, but we bounced back in the second half and did a great job defensively and on the glass.”

Stony Brook’s improved rebounding has been a key to its early success. The Seawolves have outrebounded all but two of their seven opponents. They outrebounded 29-28 in a loss at Youngstown State and 40-35 in their season-opening loss to Rider.

Stony Brook beat Sacred Heart, 50-29, on the boards. It was the second time this season the Seawolves had 50 rebounds.

Offensively, several players are beginning to develop into quality scorers, including Sabre Proctor and Jessica Previlon. Junior forward Chikilra Goodman was the star on Tuesday with a career-high 19 points and 16 rebounds.

No one wants to get ahead of themselves, but with several winnable games over the next two weeks –at Fordham, home vs. FDU and St. Peter’s and at St. Francis, NY– the Seawolves could be a hot team when it heads to Rutgers on December 21.

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