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BU Women’s Basketball opens season with 52-43 win over Mt. St. Mary’s
Rebane records seventh career double-double, O'Reilly adds 13 points
November 11, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior forward Viive Rebane finished with a game-high 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high seven steals, leading Binghamton (1-0) to a 52-43 win over Mt. St. Mary’s (0-1) in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Friday night before 2,014 fans at the Events Center. The victory marks the Bearcats’ first season-opening triumph since the 1999-00 season.
“We are glad to get the win tonight,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “We came out very well to start the game but I would have liked to see us maintain the same energy in the second half. I thought Viive had a great game for us tonight.”
Rebane, who now has seven career-doubles, scored six of her points in the opening 10 minutes of the game, as the Bearcats went up 21-6 during that span. From there, however, Binghamton managed just six points before the intermission and the Mountaineers trimmed the deficit to 27-16 at the break.
In the first two minutes of the second half, Sydney Henderson and Sandra Andresson nailed back-to-back three pointers, pulling Mt. St. Mary’s to within 27-22. After taking a timeout, the Bearcats scored the next nine points to go up 36-22 with 15:02 left in regulation. Junior forward Kara Elofson scored five points during that stretch.
Over the next five minutes, Binghamton netted just three points, missing four straight free throws in the process. The Mountaineers, however, could not capitalize and the lead remained 36-27 with eight minutes to go in the second half.
Junior forward Orla O’Reilly, who finished with 13 points, hit a three pointer and a jumper on back-to-back possessions, giving the Bearcats a 41-31 lead. Rebane followed with a basket on the next possession, giving the Bearcats a 12-point lead with 9:28 left in regulation.
Both teams continued to struggle offensively down the stretch. The Mountaineers got to within 50-43 with 52 seconds remaining but O’Reilly iced the game on the ensuing possession.
Kelly Guerreiro finished with a team-high 13 points for Mt. St. Mary’s.
Binghamton heads to Siena on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.
NOTES: Rebane was named the America East Player of the Game ... senior point guard Andrea Holmes finished with nine points, five rebounds and a pair of assists in 28 minutes of action. It was her first regular season game back since she suffered a season-ending ACL injury last February ... Binghamton had four new players on the floor against the Mountaineers. Sophomore guard Vaneeshia Paulk, sophomore forward Julia Barac, junior guard Mallory Lawes and freshman forward Sherrae Swinson combined for 38 minutes, four points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.