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Women’s basketball wins 44-32 at Stony Brook
Holmes nets game-high 19 points as Bearcats move to 2-0 in conference play
January 5, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior point guard Andrea Holmes scored a game-high 19 points, leading Binghamton (8-7, 2-0 AE) to a 44-32 win over Stony Brook (4-11, 1-1 AE) in an America East women’s basketball game on Thursday evening at Pritchard Gym. With the victory, the Bearcats have now won three of their last four games and are off to a 2-0 start in conference play for the third time in the last five seasons.
Holmes, who is averaging 16.5 points against America East teams this season, went 7-for-15 from the field and nailed three shots from beyond the three-point arc. Senior guard Orla O’Reilly added 13 points and junior forward Kara Elofson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
“The key to the victory tonight was our defense,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “We pressured the ball very well, forced difficult shots and even a couple of shot clock violations.”
Nursing a 20-18 lead at the break, Binghamton blew the game open with an 11-1 run in the first 2:56 of the second half to go up 31-19. Holmes had all 11 of Binghamton points during that spurt, which was punctuated by a pair of three pointers.
“Andrea got in sync during the second half,” Scholl said. “She gave us the spark we needed to get things clicking on the offensive end.”
Stony Brook pulled to within single digits, at 38-30, with five minutes remaining in regulation. From there, however, Binghamton held the Seawolves without a field goal the rest of the way and went 4-for-6 from the free throw line to ice the game.
In the second half, Binghamton held Stony Brook to just 13 percent shooting (4-for-30). No Stony Brook player reached double figures in scoring.
Binghamton heads to Boston University on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game.
NOTES: Holmes now has 1,324 career points and remains in fourth place all time in Binghamton program history. Sitting in third place is current Binghamton assistant coach Leah Truncale, who netted 1,341 points from 1998-02 ... O’Reilly added seven rebounds, three assists and a career-high six steals. In conference play this season, she is averaging 17.5 points per game ... Binghamton is now 5-2 in road games this season.