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Women’s Basketball loses 58-50 to Albany in America East Semifinals
Holmes scores 17 points, Rebane adds 14 points and 14 rebounds
March 4, 2012Tweet
WEST HARTFORD, Conn—Ebone Henry scored a game-high 19 points and Albany (22-9) forced 22 turnovers en route to a 58-50 win over Binghamton (13-18) in an America East women’s basketball semifinal game on Sunday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena. The Great Danes will host UMBC in the finals next Saturday at 8 p.m. while the Bearcats were eliminated in the semifinals for the fifth time since 2006.
The loss also marked the final game for Binghamton’s senior class. Senior point guard Andrea Holmes scored a team-high 17 points. She finished her career ranked third all time in program history with 1,557 points. Senior forward Viive Rebane added 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. She finished her career ranked 10th all time in program history with 1,176 points and second with 916 career rebounds.
Playing a pressure defense, the Great Danes scored 26 points on Sunday off of turnovers. Thirteen of those turnovers were caused by Albany steals. Henry led the way with four of those thefts.
“Albany is a great team and they gave us trouble defensively for most of the game,” Binghamton head coach Nicole Scholl said. “I am proud of the way we were able to come back in the second half. Our team could have given up but they didn’t.”
Down 47-29 with 10:06 left in regulation, Binghamton went on a 16-5 run to pull within 52-45 with 2:27 left in regulation. Holmes had six points during that spurt.
Julie Forster sank a pair of free throws to put the Great Danes up 54-45 with 1:49 left to go but senior guard Orla O’Reilly drained a three pointer and Holmes sank two free throws, pulling the Bearcats to within 54-50 with one minute to play.
Adrienne Jones, however, gave Albany some breathing room by converting a layup with 35 seconds remaining and Henry sealed the win by making a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left.
Sophomore guard Jasbriell Swain added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Binghamton.
Lindsey Lowrie chipped in 11 points for Albany while Forster added seven points and 11 rebounds.
NOTES: Holmes, who won the America East regular-season scoring title, finished her senior year with 14.5 points per game. That represents the highest average by a Bearcat since Rachel Laws finished the 2003-04 campaign with 14.7 points per game. Rebane, meanwhile, finished her senior season with 8.5 rebounds per game, which ties the career high she set last season.