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On right, #0 Guard Gigi Gonzalez drives the ball down the court during Monday's game. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team broke open a 61-61 tie to end the third quarter and knocked off the Columbia Lions 85-73 at home Nov. 6 to earn their first victory of the season. 

The Seawolves (1-0) had five players score in double figures, led by Khari Clark, who put together a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gigi Gonzalez added 18 points and Shamarla King helped out with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals off of the bench.

The Stony Brook offense was very productive from downtown, making 10 threes on 27 attempts. Victoria Keenan was the most prolific shooter for the Seawolves, draining two treys in the contest.

The Stony Brook defense caused its share of mistakes in Monday’s game, forcing 17 Columbia turnovers. Those takeaways turned into 28 points on the offensive end of the floor. Clark’s three steals led the way individually for the Seawolves.


After falling behind 21-18, Stony Brook went on a 9-0 run with 1:36 left in the first quarter, culminating in a three from Keenan, to take a 27-21 lead, a score that would hold for the rest of the period. Stony Brook relied on its three-point shooting in the period, knocking down four shots to account for 12 of its 27 points.

Stony Brook kept its first quarter lead intact before going on a 6-0 run starting at the 5:07 mark in the second period, highlighted by a three from King, to increase its lead to 38-28. The Seawolves proceeded to tack on one point to that lead and enjoyed a 46-35 advantage heading into halftime. Stony Brook forced six Columbia turnovers in the period and turned them into seven points.

Stony Brook wasted no time building on its lead, going on a 6-0 run to expand its lead further to 52-35 with 7:59 to go in the third. The Lions then rallied to tie it at 61-61 heading into the fourth quarter. Stony Brook played well near the basket, scoring 10 of its 15 points in the paint.

Columbia then snagged a 64-63 advantage before Stony Brook responded by going on a 13-0 run to seize a 76-64 lead with 5:06 to go in the contest. The Seawolves held onto that lead for the rest of the game for the 85-73 win. Stony Brook got a boost from its bench in the period, with non-starters scoring seven of its 24 total points. 

The team hits the road to take on Le Moyne on November 11. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on NEC Front Row.

#24 Daishai Almond at Sunday afternoon's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team (13-8, 7-3 CAA) was narrowly edged by Drexel (17-5, 9-2 CAA), 66-65, in a thriller at Island Federal Arena on Feb. 5. The Seawolves and Dragons battled back-and-forth down the stretch with the lead changing hands four times over the final 2:11 of the game.

Ultimately, Drexel took the final lead of the game with 27 seconds to play when graduate guard Keishana Washington connected on a jumper that put the Dragons ahead by what would be the final score, 66-65. Washington, the nation’s third leading scorer recorded 40 points en route to the win for the Dragons.

The Seawolves were paced by the trio of sophomore forward Sherese Pittman, graduate guard Daishai Almond, and junior guard Shamarla King who all scored in double figures. Pittman led Stony Brook as she recorded a near double-double with a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds.

Stony Brook used a big second quarter to take a 37-34 lead at the halftime break. The Seawolves outscored the Dragons, 22-15, in the second quarter and used a 12-2 run to close the frame. Pittman fueled Stony Brook over the first 20 minutes of the contest as she scored 15 of here 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half.

The Seawolves locked in defensively in the third quarter as they limited Drexel to 10 points on 4-of-18 shooting (22.2%) and took a 49-44 lead into the fourth.

The final quarter of action featured a thrilling back-and-forth finish, with the Dragons coming away with the upper hand. With 2:11 to play senior guard Gigi Gonzalez drilled a jump shot to put the Seawolves out in front, 63-62.

After the Dragons and Seawolves traded possessions, Washington put Drexel back in the driver’s seat, 64-63, with 49 seconds to play. Pittman came through in the clutch for Stony Brook as she knocked down a pair of crucial free-throws with 31 seconds to go to put the Seawolves back up 65-64.   Washington’s final bucket with 27 seconds remaining in the game proved to be the game-winner.

Next up, the team hits the road for a mid-week matchup with Northeastern on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. The meeting between the Seawolves and Huskies marks the first for the teams since December 6, 2008. Stony Brook is 5-5 all-time against Northeastern. 

#15 Sharmarla King eyes the basket during Sunday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team (13-7, 7-2 CAA) moved into a tie for second-place in the CAA, after sprinting past the Towson Tigers (12-8, 6-3 CAA), 83-66, at Island Federal Arena on Jan. 29.

The Seawolves were led by three student-athletes, who each scored 20+ points. Junior guard Shamarla King, sophomore forward Sherese Pittman, and senior guard Gigi Gonzalez all dropped 20 or more points in the game. 

Stony Brook and Towson played a very tight game throughout the entire first half and most of the third quarter, until the Seawolves regained control and never looked back. 

With just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, King nailed a huge three-pointer, off an assist from graduate guard Daishai Almond, to tie the game at 52-52. King’s three sparked the Seawolves on both ends of the floor. King erupted for a career-high 22 points and she hauled in 10 rebounds. It was her first-career double-double and she set career-highs with eight field goals made and four threes made.

On the following possession, Almond stole the ball and drove all the way to the basket to finish the layup in transition. It gave Stony Brook a two-point lead. After another stop defensively, Gonzalez turned on the jets and sprinted to the basket where she finished a layup and drew a foul in the process.  She would complete the three-point play and Stony Brook led 57-52, going on a 8-0 run. 

Gonzalez exploded for 14 points in the third quarter and totaled 18 points in the second half. The point guard finished the game with one of her most complete stat lines of the season. She dropped 20 points (7-of-13 from the floor, 5-of-5 from the free-throw line) and added seven assists and six rebounds.

Stony Brook led 57-54 at the end of the third frame and maintained its lead the rest of the way with a stifling defensive attack and contagious scoring on the offensive end.

Stony Brook forced Towson into multiple scoring droughts of over two minutes, which allowed the Seawolves to go on a 7-0 run and 8-0 run in the final quarter. The Seawolves outscored the Tigers, 26-12, in the fourth quarter. The Seawolves snapped Towson’s six-game winning streak and have now won nine of their last 11 games.

Next up, the team will remain home to take on the Drexel Dragons on Feb. 5. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on SNY and FloHoops.

Anastasia Warren during last Friday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team (10-6, 4-1 CAA) returned to Island Federal Arena on Jan. 13 with a victory against Monmouth (8-8, 3-2 CAA), 69-59. After leading, 47-45, heading into the final frame, the Seawolves went on a 13-3 run to end the game and did not allow a basket for the final 4:50 of the game to secure the victory.

Senior guard Gigi Gonzalez led the Seawolves’ offense with 23 points on 8-of-21 shooting and 7-of-7 from the line. The Floridan captured a career-best eight boards and tallied two assists.

Following a defensive affair in the first quarter by both teams allowing a combined 18 points, Stony Brook found its rhythm as it outscored Monmouth, 17-8, in the second frame to take a 26-18 lead into the break. Gonzalez and junior guard Shamarla King each tallied five points in the final 5:22 of the second quarter and the defense did not allow a point over the stretch to give the Seawolves a 10-0 run heading into the break.

The Hawks did not let up after the break, as they outscored the Seawolves 27-21 in the third quarter.

With Stony Brook holding a 47-45 advantage heading into the final quarter, the Seawolves started to cause havoc on both sides of the floor. After the Hawks cashed in on a three-pointer to give themselves a 51-49 lead, Stony Brook surrender the lead for the remainder of the game following a made jumper by graduate guard Anastasia Warren.  

Later in the quarter, Warren knocked down a clutch three-pointer to give the Seawolves a 59-56 lead with 3:14 left to play in the game. On the defensive side of the ball, Stony Brook held the Hawks without a field goal for the final 4:50 and went on to win by the final score of 69-59. Warren and Gonzalez combined for 11 of the team’s final 13 points of the evening to secure the win.   

The team returns to the court Jan. 20, as they head to East Greensboro, N.C. to take on North Carolina A&T. 

#15 Shamarla King takes a shot during last Saturday afternoon's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University women’s basketball team came out victorious in the clash of New York State teams, as the squad knocked off the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers 75-59, inside Island Federal Arena on Dec. 10.

The Seawolves’ offense was paced by four different student-athletes finishing with over 10 points for the second time this season as graduate guard Anastasia Warren, senior guard Gigi Gonzalez, junior guard Shamarla King and sophomore forward Sherese Pittman combined for 57 of Stony Brook’s 75 points.

The tandem of Warren and Gonzalez gave the Seawolves their first 12 points of the game after Warren cashed in on her first two three point attempts and Gonzalez knocking down her next two three pointers. The squad would keep the momentum on their side following a layup by junior forward Nyajuok Toang that gave Stony Brook an 11 point lead and capped off its 10-0 run with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. 

The Seawolves would head to the second quarter with a nine point lead as St Francis Brooklyn’s junior forward Bella Green converted a driving layup to decrease the Terrier’s deficit to seven before Gonzalez answered back with her own driving layup with 24 seconds left to play in the first quarter. 

 Stony Brook did not let up in the second quarter and took its biggest lead of the half from a three pointer by junior guard Kelis Corley to give the squad a 30-15 hold with 4:30 left in the half. The Terriers did fight back and cut the lead to five points, but a buzzer-beater by Gonzalez gave the Seawolves a 36-29 lead heading into half.

After halftime, Stony Brook did not slow down as it outscored St. Francis Brooklyn by nine points and shot a blazing 15-of-28 from the field (53.6%) in the second half. Pittman was a wrecking force in the paint during the third quarter, scoring eight points to push the lead to 11 points with 10 minutes remaining.

Warren took control in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of her team-high 21 points to lead the Seawolves to a 75-59 victory. Stony Brook’s biggest lead came in the final 48 seconds of the contest when it increased the deficit to 17 after freshman guard Khalis Whiting converted two free throws.

 Stony Brook returns to action when it takes on Maryland Eastern Shore at Island Federal Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 21 with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.

Anastasia Warren recorded her third 20-point performance of the season at last Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team battled tough, but was ultimately edged by Bucknell, 64-58, on Dec 3 in Sojka Pavilion in Lewisberg, PA. Graduate guard Anastasia Warren paced the Seawolves with a game-high 20 points as she recorded her third 20-point performance of the season and first since November 14, against Iona.

The Bison outlasted the Seawolves in a back-and-forth contest. The score was tied a total of 11 times and the lead changed five times. Stony Brook led 46-42 with 1:59 to play in the third quarter following a pair of free-throws by sophomore forward Sherese Pittman. Bucknell used a 10-2 run that carried over into the fourth quarter to take a lead it would not relinquish.

Stony Brook battled until the final buzzer as it cut the Bison lead to as little as three points with 22.6 seconds to play. With 22.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Warren knocked down a three-pointer off a feed from senior guard Gigi Gonzalez.

 Bucknell was able to close the game out down the stretch as Tai Johnson converted three of her four free-throw attempts over the final 22.6 seconds to give the Bison a 64-58 advantage, a score it would hold on to win by.

Warren finished as the game’s leading scorer with 20 points. The guard shot 9-of-23 from the field and 2-of-8 from three-point range. She grabbed four rebounds and swiped a season-high tying three steals. It marked Warren’s third 20-point game of the season as she also scored 20 points against Manhattan on November 10 (28 points) and against Iona on November 14 (28 points). Her 23 field goal attempts were a career-high.

Graduate forward Nairimar Vargas-Reyes nearly recorded a double-double with nine points and a season-high 12 rebounds. She shot 4-of-8 from the field and six of her 12 rebounds were of the offensive variety. The forward has pulled down 10 or more rebounds in four games this season. Sophomore forward Sherese Pittman scored nine points on 3-of-10 shooting, dished out a career-high five assists, and recorded three rebounds. Graduate guard Daishai Almond scored seven points, while senior guard Gigi Gonzalez totaled five points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Stony Brook won the battle for the boards by outrebounding Bucknell, 35-31.

“Bucknell is a good team that challenged us today. We will learn from this and continue to get better,” said head coach Ashley Langford after the game.

Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team earned a 63-58 victory over Texas A&M — Corpus Christi on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 to secure a sweep on its Puerto Rico trip. Stony Brook was paced by a trio of student-athletes who scored in double figures en route to its first-ever win over the Islanders.

The Seawolves were led by graduate forward Nairimar Vargas-Reyes who scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in her return to her native Puerto Rico. Five of Vargas-Reyes’ 14 points came in the fourth quarter as she helped Stony Brook pull away from Texas A&M — Corpus Christi.

After trailing, 26-22, at the halftime break, the Seawolves outscored the Islanders, 41-32, in the second half to seal their fourth win of the season. Stony Brook forced 17 turnovers and scored 21 points off of those turnovers which aided its tenacious defensive effort on Thursday.

Junior guard Shamarla King and sophomore forward Sherese Pittman joined Vargas-Reyes as the Seawolves’ double-digit scorers. King came off the bench to score 12 points, while Pittman followed up her career-high performance against High Point with her first career double-double today with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“Non-conference is all about learning lessons for March. I’m glad we were able to experience playing back-to-back games because that will benefit us in the CAA tournament… obviously, I’m really happy we won while learning. We are continuing to gain experience and several players are stepping up and flourishing in their roles. Really happy to leave here 2-0,” said head coach Ashley Langford.

Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team was led by a trio of student-athletes who scored double-digits, but it was ultimately not enough as the squad fell at St. John’s University on Nov. 19, 78-52, inside the Carnesecca Arena.

Junior guard Shamarla King registered a team and career-high 13 points after shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from the free-throw line. The Virginia Tech transfer also notched six assists and a rebound in the defeat.

The Seawolves came out with a strong first quarter as sophomore forward Sherese Pittman scored the first six points for the squad, jumping to an early 6-2 lead. The Virginia native finished one point away from her season high with 12 points today and collected four rebounds, three on the offensive side.

After two made free throws by graduate forward Nairimar Vargas-Reyes that would give Stony Brook an 11-9 lead, St. John’s would go on an 8-2 run to take a four point lead heading into the second quarter. Vargas-Reyes collected her first double-double of the season and second of her career, as the forward scored a season-high 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

In the next 15 minutes of play, the Seawolves would hold off the Red Storm by cashing in on three pointers from senior guard Gigi Gonzalez, graduate guard Anastasia Warren and Vargas-Reyes. However, another late run by St. John’s gave the Red Storm a 35-26 lead heading to half.

In the second half, the Red Storm found their rhythm as St. John’s shot 57.1% (16-28) from the field and 61.5% (8-13) beyond the arc to take the victory, 78-52. 

The team was back in action on Nov. 23 when it took on High Point in its first game of the Puerto Rico Classico. Results were not available as of press time.

The team celebrates their win on Monday night. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team erased a 26-point deficit and came from behind to defeat Iona in thrilling fashion, 73-71, on Nov. 14 at Island Federal Arena.  After being down 38-12 with 6:14 to play in the second quarter, the Seawolves outscored the Gaels 61-33 to earn their second win of the season.

Sophomore forward Sherese Pittman grabbed an offensive rebound with less than 10 seconds left in the game and went back up over four Iona defenders to score and give Stony Brook a 73-71 lead.

The Seawolves’ defense stood strong as Pittman locked up Iona’s Ketsia Athias on the final possession and held off the Gaels’ final chance to secure the win for Stony Brook. The team was led by graduate guard Anastasia Warren and senior guard Gigi Gonzalez, who both had career nights.

With less than one-minute remaining in the third quarter, Warren drilled a three-pointer to cut Stony Brook’s deficit back to six points. It got her up to 23 points on the night, as she eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark. Warren is the 19th player in Stony Brook women’s basketball program history to score at least 1,000 points in her career. She finished the game with a game-high 28 points, along with seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Gonzalez scored a career-high 24 points with three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Graduate forward Nairimar Vargas-Reyes put forth a valiant effort with her second career double-double. She scored 10 points and hauled in 11 rebounds.

Stony Brook led for just 31 seconds, but was able to come out victorious with its astounding comeback. The Seawolves now hold a 10-5 record over Iona in the all-time series. Stony Brook has won five-straight games against the Gaels. 

The team hits the road again to take on the St. John’s Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena in Queens on Nov. 19. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on FloHoops.

Head coach Ashley Langford celebrates her team's victory during last Monday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team bounced back after a tough loss to Maine to defeat UMBC, 64-48, on Feb. 14 in Baltimore, Md. The Seawolves improve to 21-3, 12-2 America East on the season.

Graduate forward Leighah-Amori Wool lit up the scoreboard for Stony Brook leading all scorers with a season-high 23 points. Wool is the latest player to knock down 20+ points since graduate forward India Pagan finished with 21 against Binghamton on Jan. 19.

Senior guard Anastasia Warren and Pagan followed behind Wool also finishing in double-figures on the night. Pagan finished with 14 points and added 10 rebounds to secure her fifth career double-double and second on the season. Warren filled the stat sheet for the Seawolves chipping in 12 points and grabbing a season-high nine rebounds.

 Stony Brook came out strong with an early lead, but the Retrievers would eventually take a 28-22 lead off a 9-0 scoring run in the second quarter. The Seawolves were able to gain momentum in the second half and come out on top after a layup from Wool to 9:38 to go in the third quarter. Stony Brook would not trail for the remainder of the contest.

The team was back in action Feb. 16 when they took on UMBC back home at The Island. Results were not available as of press time.