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    Seawolves lose despite big first half lead against Iona College

    Despite junior Dani Klupenger’s 14 points, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team lost in the final minute to Iona 52-48 on Friday at the Hynes Center.

    Kristina Ford of Iona scored a game-high 24 points including the go-ahead basket with nine seconds left.

    Seniors Whitney Davis and Destiny Jacobs combined for 21 points, and Jacobs also chipped in 10 rebounds.

    Iona only scored seven points in the first half, largely a result of SBU’s early defense. But the Gaels were able to come back and score 45 points in the second half while shooting 48.6 percent.

    “I’m really proud of the way our team battled tonight, and our defense and rebounding in the first half was outstanding,” Stony Brook head coach Beth O’Boyle said in a press release. “But give Iona credit; they’re a good team and they made more plays than we did down the stretch.”

    The Seawolves led 41-36 with 3:56 to go before Iona came up with clutch shots, two three-pointers, to take the lead 48-45.

    Klupenger answered by knocking down a three-pointer with 33 seconds to go to tie up the game.

    Ford scored on a floater with nine seconds left to give Iona a 50-48 lead.

    After a time out, two fouls and a crucial charging call, Suzi Fregosi of Iona knocked down two free throws with just a second left to seal the game.

    The seven points allowed in the first half set a school record and was the fewest allowed in a NCAA Division I women’s since Georgia Tech allowed three against Tennessee State last season.

    SBU came out strong in the second half, scoring eight quick points over the first four minutes of the game to give the Seawolves a 25-12 advantage.

    A Davis jumper put SBU by its largest lead of the night 32-18.

    The Seawolves return to action on Monday, hosting George Mason University in its home opener at         7 p.m. It would be Stony Brook’s first win of the season and O’Boyle’s first as Stony Brook’s coach.

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