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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.

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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.

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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. 

#4 Anastasia Warren scored 12 points during Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Seawolves came out victorious in the first Empire Clash as of the season as they defeated in-state SUNY rival UAlbany, 58-47, on Jan. 22 at Island Federal Arena. Stony Brook improves to 15-2, 6-1 America East on the season as it was led by three student-athletes scoring in double figures.

With the win, the Seawolves extend their winning streak to six games in a row. The six-game winning streak is Stony Brook’s second-longest streak of the season (won seven-straight games to start the season from Nov. 9-28). The Seawolves are now winners of eight out of their last nine games.

Stony Brook is one of 18 teams in the nation with 15 wins on the season. The Seawolves’ 15 wins are the most in the America East. The Seawolves moved into sole possession of first-place in the America East following today’s result.

Senior guard Anastasia Warren led the Seawolves with a team-high 12 points. Warren was followed by graduate forward India Pagan and junior guard Gigi Gonzalez. Both Pagan and Gonzalez each tallied 10 points apiece.

The Seawolves’ defense limited the Great Danes to 47 points on 33.9 percent shooting from the field, 14.3 percent shooting from three, and forced 21 turnovers. The Seawolves scored 25 points off turnovers as a result of their tenacious defensive effort.

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The Stony Brook University women’s basketball team (13-2, 4-1 America East) came out strong to pick up a win over New Hampshire (3-12, 0-4 America East), 71-53, on Jan. 16 at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham.

With the victory, Stony Brook extended its winning streak to four games in a row and are winners of six out of its last seven games. The Seawolves were paced by four student-athletes who scored in double figures to lead the team to their league leading 13th win of the season.

The Seawolves’ scoring was led by graduate forward Leighah-Amori Wool and senior guard Anastasia Warren both finishing with 12 points. Wool and Warren were joined by junior guard Gigi Gonzalez and graduate forward India Pagan each chipping in with 10 points apiece.

Stony Brook took a 29-22 lead into halftime after Pagan made a layup to take back the lead with 6:27 left to play in the second quarter. The Seawolves did not let up as they held the lead for the reminder of the game.

Wool pulled down her 500th career rebound with 7:51 left to play in the third quarter which led to a pass to Pagan who converted a layup to help extend the lead for Stony Brook. The Seawolves’ lead grew to as large as 20 points with 25 seconds left to play.

With the win, Stony Brook improved to 13-2 overall and 4-1 in America East play.

“I’m happy to get a dub on the road. I thought New Hampshire played really hard. It’s not easy to get conference wins — especially on an opponent’s home court,” said Stony Brook head coach Ashley Langford after the game.

The team returned home to Island Federal Arena to face-off against New York foe Binghamton on Jan. 19. Results were not available as of press time.

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The Stony Brook University women’s basketball team (9-2, 0-1 America East) put together a valiant come-from-behind effort, but fell to NJIT (6-6, 1-0 America East), 54-49, in the conference opener on Dec 30.
 
NJIT took the lead early in the first quarter and controlled it for the duration of the contest. The Seawolves trailed 16-4 after the first quarter and the early deficit proved to be the difference. Following the first quarter, Stony Brook went on to outscore NJIT, 45-38, over the final three quarters of play.
 
The Seawolves cut the Highlanders’ lead to as little as two points with 1:53 to play in the game. Junior guard Gigi Gonzalez absorbed contact and converted a driving layup, which brought Stony Brook within two points of the lead, 48-46.

NJIT was able to hang on to its lead and seal the win despite being outscored by Stony Brook, 16-12, in the fourth quarter. The Seawolves had a trio of student-athletes finish in double figures with senior guard Anastasia Warren leading the way with a game-high 15 points. Gonzalez registered 14 points, while graduate forward Leighah-Amori Wool tallied 11 points.
 
STATS AND NOTES:

  • Warren led all scorers with a game-high 15 points. The guard did a bulk of her damage from the free-throw line as she went a perfect 7-of-7 from the stripe. It was the fifth time this season that she finished a game scoring in double figures.
  • Gonzalez poured in 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from the free-throw line. The guard recorded two rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes of play. It was the eighth time this season that she scored in double-digits.
  • Wool finished the game with 11 points and four rebounds. The forward is closing in on 1,000 career points as her 11 points this afternoon brought her career total to 993.
  • Graduate forward India Pagan scored six points, pulled down six rebounds, and swiped three steals.
  • Junior guard Veronica Charles came off the bench to pull down six rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

“NJIT was the better team today. We will learn and grow from this loss,” said head coach Ashley Langford following Stony Brook’s America East opener on Thursday at NJIT.

The team is back in action on Sunday, January 2, when it hosts Hartford at 2 p.m. The game is set to air on ESPN+ with Sam Neidermann (play-by-play) and Rob Pavinelli (analyst) on the call. Be sure to purchase your tickets now to be a part of the action!

The team celebrates after Sunday's game Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

For the first time in program history, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team (9-1) defeated a Power Five opponent at home.

The Seawolves knocked off Washington State (8-3), 69-62, on Sunday, Dec. 19 inside Island Federal Arena behind the trio of senior guard Earlette Scott, senior guard Annie Warren, and graduate forward India Pagan all scoring in double-digits. The victory is also Stony Brook’s first over a Pac-12 opponent.

Scott led the Seawolves in scoring with a team-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-14 shooting from the floor. Warren finished with 14 points and did a bulk of her damage in the contest in the second half, as she totaled ten points over the final 20 minutes. Pagan added 12 points and graduate forward Leighah-Amori Wool pulled down 10 rebounds to aid Stony Brook to their ninth victory of the season.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Seawolves used an 8-0 scoring run in the third to take the lead at 42-37. Following that run, they never looked back as they did not trail for the remainder of the contest.

“Really proud of this team today, that’s a quality Washington State team who’s super physical. That’s a good team and a quality win for us. We have been balanced and people have been stepping up for us. … Nobody is doing one thing, everyone is contributing. If something’s not working for them they step up in other ways. I’m just really proud that we were able to finish strong through this break with a win,” said head coach Ashley Langford.

“It feels great. This is no surprise to me and the work I put in and the team. I’m really happy that we got the win and we can go into the Christmas break with some confidence,” said senior guard Earlette Scott.

The team celebrates after Friday night's game Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

For the third time in its last four games, the Stony Brook University women’s basketball team (8-1) had at least four student-athletes score in double figures en route to a victory.

The Seawolves knocked off Penn (4-7), 75-69, on Dec. 10 inside Island Federal Arena behind the quartet of graduate forward India Pagan, junior guard Gigi Gonzalez, senior guard Earlette Scott, and graduate forward Leighah-Amori Wool all scoring in double-digits.

Pagan led the way with a season-high 20 points on an efficient 8-of-15 shooting from the floor as she dominated down low. Gonzalez finished the game with 14 points and did a bulk of her damage in the contest in the second half as she totaled nine points over the final 20 minutes. Scott and Wool each added 10 points apiece as they helped guide the Seawolves to their eighth victory of the season.

After a back and forth first half, Stony Brook used a 12-0 scoring run that carried over from the first half into the second to build its lead. The Seawolves were able to go ahead, 43-36, at the conclusion of the scoring spurt. Following that run, Stony Brook never looked back as it led for the remainder of the contest and secured its conference leading eighth win of the season.

The Seawolves’ lead grew to as large as 13 points in the fourth quarter as Gonzalez gave Stony Brook its biggest advantage of the game as she converted a driving layup with 6:35 to play. Penn responded and got within five points of the lead with 4:52 to play in the game, but the Seawolves were able to fend off the Quakers’ come-from-behind attempt.

“I’m proud of how we found a way to win – we were resilient today. We’ve had a lot of moving pieces and parts; I’m really glad that they locked in for 40 minutes and were able to be resilient, kept fighting, and found a way. I’m pleased to get a win right before we go on a long break. Overall, I’m just proud of the way they keep being resilient, growing, and pushing through all the adversity that we had,” said head coach Ashley Langford.