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Women’s Basketball Loses 54-41 to Fairliegh Dickinson

Lawes and Swinson each finish with nine points, Swain adds season-high 12 rebounds

December 30, 2012

Women’s Basketball Loses 54-41 to Fairliegh Dickinson

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. –  Danielle Pankey poured in a game-high 19 points and Erika Livermore finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, leading Fairleigh Dickinson (5-6) to a 54-41 win over Binghamton (1-12) in the final round of the Lehigh Women’s Basketball Christmas Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Stabler Arena. The game marked the Bearcats’ final contest of 2012.

Binghamton struggled from the field against the Knights, shooting just 21 percent for the game (13-of-60). In addition, Fairleigh Dickinson scored 22 points off Bearcat turnovers.

“It was frustrating because we missed a lot of open shots today,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Some of that you can credit to Fairleigh Dickinson but we need to be mentally tougher when things aren’t going our way. Our leaders need to step up in those times.”

Binghamton used a 10-2 run in a span of 4:19 to take a 10-6 lead with 12:56 remaining in the first half. Sophomore forward Sherae Swinson and senior forward Simone Thomas each scored four points during that span.

The Knights, however, responded with six straight points to go up 14-10 with 9:51 left in the first half. They then added a 10-0 run in a span of 4:40 to go up 28-16 with 1:57 remaining before the break. Livermore had four of the points during the second run.

Senior guard Mallory Lawes scored five straight points, pulling the Bearcats to within 28-21 at the half.

In the first seven minutes of the second half, Binghamton managed just a single field goal. In the process, Fairleigh Dickinson built its lead back up to 35-23.

The Bearcats scored the next four points but the Knights reeled off the ensuing seven points to go up 42-27 with 8:58 left in regulation. Pankey drained a three pointer to start the spurt.

Binghamton got to within 50-40 on a jumper by freshman guard Kim Albrecht with 1:26 left to go. The Bearcats, however, would not hit another field goal the rest of the way.

Lawes and Swinson each finished with a team-high nine points.

Junior guard Jasbriell Swain, meanwhile, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds. She now has reached double figures in rebounding four times this season and 19 times during her career.

Binghamton opens America East Conference play on Wednesday night at home against Hartford at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Swinson was named to the Lehigh Christmas All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game during the weekend.

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