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Women’s Basketball head coach Caroline McCombs inks three-year extension

Head coach Caroline McCombs directs players from the sidelines during a 2016 game. McCombs has signed a three-year extension through the 2021-22 season. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE

Stony Brook Athletics announced on Thursday, May 10 that Women’s Basketball head coach Caroline McCombs has signed a three-year extension through the 2021-22 season.

Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron expressed his satisfaction with McCombs’ extension.

“Since her arrival at Stony Brook four years ago, Caroline has proven that she is the right leader for our women’s basketball program and is extremely deserving of this extension,” Heilbron said in a press release. “I believe in her and am excited to watch our team continue to thrive under her guidance.”

The announcement comes after McCombs led her team to an 18-12 overall record and a 10-6 record in the America East Conference this past season. The campaign was an overall success, as the 2017-18 Seawolves set a program record for most three-pointers made in a season with 190, as well as the record for the largest single-game margin of victory with 51 against Farmingdale State on Nov. 22.

McCombs is thrilled to be back with the team and looks forward to seeing progress in the Women’s Basketball program.

“I have been fortunate to have fantastic people around me to lay the foundation for our program,” McCombs said. “We are building something special here, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve and lead here at Stony Brook every day.”

McCombs has three main components of this season’s team returning next year.

Rising senior guard Shania Johnson was recently named to the All-Conference First Team for her efforts this past year. Johnson led the team in scoring with 480 points, averaging 16 per game. She also led the team in three-pointers made with 95.

Rising senior guard Jerell Matthews will return to the Seawolves after earning All-Conference Second Team honors this past year. Matthews was the other half of the team’s starting backcourt alongside Johnson. He was a versatile scorer last season, averaging 14 points per game and ending the year with 420 points.

Rising sophomore forward McKenzie Bushee, who had a superb freshman season, was selected to the All-Rookie Team. Bushee led the team in blocks with 17 and finished second in rebounds with 130.

McCombs holds a 64-59 all-time record as Stony Brook’s head coach. The team will return to the court fall 2018. 

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