Trying to collect its second straight win, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team made the short trip to Monmouth to take on the Hawks Wednesday night. But, despite having both forward Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, NY.) and guard Misha Horsey (Wyncote, PA.) both tally 10 points, the Seawolves dropped their fifth game of the season, 61-45.
The loss is disappointing considering how well the Seawolves began the game, according to Head Coach Michelle Cherry. ‘We didn’t play smart in the second half, and gave up way too many offensive rebounds, which led to second opportunities for them,’ she said.
The Seawolves began the game red hot, going 5-5 from the field to start and jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. The Hawks would chip away and trim the lead to 10-2 after a pair of three-pointers roughly five minutes into the game. But the road team would respond with an 8-2 run, extending its lead to 18-10 on a jumper from freshman Amanda Corona (North Hollywood, CA.), cashing in on a pass from Horsey.
But the comfy lead didn’t last long. The Hawks got into a rhythm and their shooting percentage soared, as they assembled a 14-5 run to take their first lead of the game, 24-23. The teams would trade baskets during the four minutes left in the half, and the Seawolves went into the break facing a small 4-point gap.
The offensive fluidity of the first half seemed to have found an exit during the halftime break, as both teams returned to hit a total of only three shots over the first 12 minutes of the second period.
Monmouth managed to build a lead using the foul line and timely three-point shooting. The Seawolves found themselves in a 44-34 hole, with a little over four minutes remaining in the game. They clawed and scraped to keep it close, but when the final buzzer sounded, Stony Brook was on the wrong end of a 61-45 decision.
The ladies return to Pritchard Gymnasium Sunday afternoon, hosting the St. Francis Catholics at 2:00 p.m.