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Women’s Basketball uses strong second half to defeat Vermont 54-43

Holmes nets game-high 17 points, Rebane adds 15 points and 12 rebounds

February 7, 2012

Women’s Basketball uses strong second half to defeat Vermont 54-43

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior point guard Andrea Holmes finished with a game-high 17 points and senior forward Viive Rebane turned in a 15-point, 12-rebound performance, powering Binghamton (12-13, 6-6 AE) to a 54-43 win over Vermont (9-16, 3-9 AE) in an America East women’s basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. With the victory, the Bearcats conclude their three-game home stand with a pair of victories.

Holmes, who is now averaging a career-high 14.4 points per game, has poured in 40 points the past two games. Rebane, meanwhile, reached double figures in rebounding for the fourth time in five games en route to recording her 19th career double-double.  Also reaching double figures in scoring was senior guard Orla O’Reilly, with 11 points.

The game-high in rebounds, however, was turned in by sophomore Jasbriell Swain. She grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with six points, six assists and a pair of steals. She has now reached double figures in rebounding three times in the past five games. 

“We are very happy with the win,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “This was a game we needed and I was very pleased with how our team came out to start the second half. We definitely raised our intensity.”

Down 24-23 at the break, Binghamton started the second half on an 11-1 blitz in the opening 6:06 to go up 34-25. After being held scoreless in the first half, O’Reilly led the way with seven points during in the six-minute stretch .

From there, Binghamton built their lead to as much as 50-33 with 5:31 remaining before emptying the bench in the closing minutes. Defensively, the Bearcats held Vermont to just two field goals in the first 16 minutes of the second half.

Niki Taylor led Vermont with 14 points while Tierra Shumpert added 10 points.

Binghamton heads to Hartford on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a game that can be seen live on ESPN 360.

NOTES: Rebane and Taylor were the America East Players of the Game ... Holmes’ scoring average is the highest by a Binghamton player since Rachel Laws averaged 14.7 points during the 2003-04 season. She now has 1,469 career points and is 31 points away from becoming just the third player in program history to score 1,500 career points ... Rebane, meanwhile, has 872 career rebounds and needs 28 more rebounds to become just the second player in school history to record 900 rebounds during their career. Rebane is currently averaging a career-high 8.7 rebounds per contest, which is the highest average by a Binghamton player since current assistant coach Leah Truncale recorded 10.3 rebounds during the 2001-02 campaign.

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