Senior G Shania Johnson (Frederick, MD) rewrote the conference and school record books with a show-stopping performance over New Paltz on Wednesday night at the Island Federal Arena. Johnson recorded a jaw-dropping 15 assists in an 87-50 win over the Hawks to break both the America East and Stony Brook records for single-game assists.
No one else in the nation has tallied more assists in a single game while Johnson’s 59 total helpers on the year is also the most in the country.
The reigning America East Player of the Week also added in 17 points to record her third double-double of the season and was joined by sophomore F India Pagan (New London, CT), senior G Jerell Matthews (Chicago, IL) and redshirt sophomore F Oksana Gouchie-Provencher (Montreal, Ontario) in double-figure scoring.
“I thought overall we gave a great team effort today sharing the ball, getting four players in double figures and shooting a high percentage as well from the field. So I thought it was a great team effort today on both ends.”
- Stony Brook put on an offensive clinic from the get-go, shooting 68.4 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc to pour on 31 points and grab an 18-point lead after the first quarter.
- Pagan led all scorers after the first 10 minutes with nine points and had back-to-back layups to help the Seawolves jump out early.
- The fun didn’t stop in the second period as the team once again shot 50 percent on its threes to outscore New Paltz 23-7 and go into the locker room with a 34-point lead.
- It was almost a 31-point lead at the half but Johnson got the last say, sinking in a buzzer-beater three from way out to pad the advantage even more.
- Gouchie-Provencher was perfect in the first 20 minutes, going five-of-five from the floor including two threes to tally 12 points.
- The momentum carried over in the second half with the Seawolves going on an 18-point run and taking its largest lead of the game (+42) with 7:46 left in the third following six-straight points by Pagan.
- The fourth quarter was where Johnson put her mark on history, dishing out an assist to Pagan with 5:23 left in the contest to break the program record for single-game assists. About a minute and a half later, she stole the conference record as well sending out a helper to Matthews’ 3-pointer to give the home team a 79-45 lead.
- Several players notched career highs and season highs. Gouchie-Provencher logged a career-high 14 points and redshirt sophomore F Kyra Dixon (Lawrenceville, GA) also had a career day with four points. Matthews tied a career high with eight rebounds while junior F Kina Smith (Bronx, NY) had a career-high seven rebounds.
- Sophomore F McKenzie Bushee (Pittsburgh, PA) tied a season high with six points and Pagan had a season’s best with eight rebounds.
- Freshman G Courtney Furr (Elkridge, MD) scored her first-career points in the second quarter and ended with seven total. Furr tossed up a layup with 3:21 left until the half and then went on to splash in a three just a couple of minutes later.
- Stony Brook is a perfect 7-0 against New Paltz and this is the first time the Seawolves have topped the Hawks since making the move to Division I.
- Overall, the team shot 50 percent and made 35.7 percent of its 3-point shots while holding New Paltz to just 33.9 percent shooting overall.
- The squad also out-rebounded the Hawks by a margin of 49-31 and churned out 22 points off of turnovers.
- Stony Brook has now won five games in a row, matching its win streak from last season. The last time the Seawolves won six in a row was during the 2015-16 season when the team went undefeated for eight-straight games.
Stony Brook returns home to take on Cornell at 5 pm this Saturday, December 1, at the Island Federal Arena.
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