Strong Second Half Propels Hartford Women over Stony Brook


Steve McLaughlin

Mason Brooks, Staff Writer

Hartford women’s hoops prevailed against Stony Brook at home Saturday, Feb. 2, with a score of 73-62. The Hawks came out of the gates strong building a 12-6 lead in the opening six minutes. Down, the Stony Brook Seawolves strung together a 12-1 run to finish the first quarter with a 18-13 lead over the Hawks. Going into the second quarter, neither team could open up much of a lead though, as the Hawks closed the gap to one point finishing the half at 32-31. Even though the first half saw a neck and neck battle, it was the second half where Hartford would blow the game open. The Hawks turned it on in the third quarter, outscoring the Seawolves 23-9. Stony Brook would not be able to battle back from this deficit, as Hartford added yet another conference victory to their already impressive season.

Sophomore Jade Young shined Saturday shooting 9-14 from the field, scoring a season high 21 points. In fact, Hartford was extremely efficient scoring during the contest with the top three scorers, Lindsey Abed, Sierra DaCosta, and Young all finishing with double digit points, while shooting 50 percent or higher from the field. As a team, Hartford women’s hoops matched a season high field goal percentage of 50 percent. The last time Hartford shot with such efficiency? Jan. 2, in their first meeting with the Stony Brook Seawolves.

After starting the season at just 2-5, the Hawks have won 13 of their last 16 contests, garnering them an overall record of 15-8. With a conference record of 8-1, the Hawks are off to their best start since the 2009-2010 season when the Hartford’s women won 16 straight in conference play. At the moment, the Hawks are holding down first place in the America East Conference, and will look to stay that way as they take on another conference opponent, UMBC Wednesday, Feb. 6 at home.