The Stony Brook women’s basketball team honored McKenzie Bushee, Jonae Cox, Victoria Johnson, India Pagan and Hailey Zeise in a pregame Senior Day ceremony on Feb. 14. The Seawolves then surged to as much as a 16-point lead before halftime against Maine with first place at stake.
Ultimately, Maine rallied for a 54-49 victory at Island Federal Arena to split the weekend showdown.
The teams could very well meet again as the top two seeds in the America East Tournament, with a ticket to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
Employing a full-court press, Maine took its first lead, 43-41, with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter that included three steals in a 38-second span. The lead eventually swelled to six points late.
Zeise’s three-pointer with 61 seconds remaining pulled Stony Brook within 52-49, but a late possession with a bid to tie went awry.
Pagan and Asiah Dingle scored in double-figures. Dingle also contributed five assists.
Maine improved to 12-2 in America East, while Stony Brook sits comfortably ahead of the rest of the field in second place at 9-3.
“I’m definitely disappointed with the outcome today,” coach Caroline McCombs said. “I thought we were playing some really good basketball early and then allowed Maine to get back in the game by capitalizing on our mistakes. We have to learn from it and move forward, which is what we will focus on.”
The team returns to action when they host UAlbany on Feb. 22 and 23, both at 2 p.m.