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Women’s basketball drops 60-48 conference game at Boston University
Holmes finishes with game-high 16 points, O'Reilly adds 15 points
January 8, 2012Tweet
BOSTON, Mass.—Host Boston (9-6, 2-0 AE) overcome a sluggish start to defeat Binghamton (8-8, 2-1 AE) in an America East women’s basketball game on Sunday afternoon at Case Gym. The loss prevented the Bearcats from opening up conference play with a 3-0 record for the first time in four years.
Binghamton opened up with a 10-5 lead five minutes into the game, with junior guard Mallory Lawes scoring seven of her season-high nine points during that stretch. Lawes was starting in place of sophomore guard Jasbriell Swain, who is day-to-day with a minor foot injury. The Terriers, however, tied the game at 17-17 on a layup by Chantel Alford with 9:01 left before intermission and then closed out the final six minutes of the half on a 8-2 run to go up 29-23 at the break. Mo Moran had four of her team-high 13 points during that stretch.
“I thought the last part of the first half was a key point in the game,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Boston made some adjustments and we were unable to respond. We made mistakes during that time but give Boston credit, they are a good basketball team.”
Moran scored three more of her points during a 7-2 run during the first 2:30 of the second half, as the Terriers opened up a 35-25 lead. The Bearcats clawed to within 40-38 at the 11:23 mark on a layup by junior forward Kara Elofson. Binghamton was within 53-48 with 2:38 left to go, but was unable to score on its final six possessions. Boston, meanwhile, sank seven of its final eight free throws to lock up the win.
Senior point guard Andrea Holmes finished with a game-high 16 points while senior guard Orla O’Reilly added 15 points. Holmes now has 1,340 points and continues to rank fourth all time in program history. She is one point away from tying Leah Truncale (1998-02) for third place all-time. Elofson had a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. She has now reached double figures in rebounding two straight games.
Alford and Rashidat Agboola each added 12 points for Boston
Binghamton heads to Vermont on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.