Mike Anderson of The Statesman sits down with Stony Brook men’s basketball team’s redshirt-sophomore forward Frankie Policelli. They reflect on the Seawolf experience, hopes for the new season and the team’s chemistry on and off the court.
Mike Anderson sits down with Stony Brook forward for the men’s basketball team Elijah Olaniyi for their annual Hoopla segment. They discuss Olaniyi’s transfer to Florida, his return to Stony Brook and a tragedy that pushes Olaniyi today.
First-year head coach Ashley Langford has never held this position before, but she comes from a winning culture — the key as the Stony Brook women’s basketball team eyes another successful season after last year’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Following a devastating end to the 2020-2021 season, Stony Brook was met with an all-too familiar sense of panic and despair. It wasn’t until Olaniyi’s decision to return to the team that the tide began to turn for the Seawolves.
It’s not quite the environment of a team coming off its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and second-straight America East championship, but that’s the point. The Stony Brook women’s basketball team doesn’t need to be reminded of the expectations on their shoulders this year, because they hold themselves to a higher standard than anyone else.
India Pagan could have walked away from Stony Brook last year at the pinnacle of her career after leading the Seawolves to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and earning plenty of individual accolades along the way.
Two seasons ago, Stony Brook graduate guard Elijah Olaniyi came into his own, solidifying himself as a star as a junior by putting up averages of 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Seawolves finished 20-13 and in second place in the America East, but were bounced by Hartford in the semifinals of the conference tournament.