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Women’s Basketball Suffers 63-50 Defeat at Hands of UMBC
Bearcats (12-15, 6-8 AE) can't withstand UMBC late second half surge
February 15, 2012Tweet
A balanced scoring attack propelled UMBC (14-12, 8-5 AE) to a late 12-0 run and comeback victory over the Bearcats on Wednesday night at RAC Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. An outstanding 22-point performance from senior standout guard Andrea Holmes wasn’t enough for visiting Binghamton (12-15, 6-8 AE), who has dropped their second straight game on a current three-game road stand.
Binghamton carried a two-point lead heading into half and soon would stretch their lead to eight thanks to a pair of free-throws from Holmes with 16:26 remaining. After trading buckets, Binghamton saw itself ahead 39-35 but would soon be outscored 11-0 in the next minute and six seconds of play. The Bearcats responded with a 7-0 run of their own capped off by senior forward Viive Rebane’s lay up with 9:18 left.
From that point on it was UMBC who stepped to the forefront by booming ahead on a 12-0 run that would put the game out of reach. Both senior guard Michelle Kurowski and freshman guard Lauren Chase, who added 16 points each, ignited the run by scoring four points apiece.
Binghamton outrebounded the Retrievers 43-31 on the evening but couldn’t find the shooting touch as they shot just 32.1 percent from the field and turned the ball over 20 times. Binghamton, who held the lead throughout the first 27-plus minutes of play, drop to 10-6 after carrying a half time lead this season.
BU was led by senior guard Andrea Holmes who scored a game-high 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Holmes, who scored her 1500th career point midway through the second half, added eight rebounds and a pair of assists and steals in 40 minutes of play. Joining Holmes in double figures was senior guard Orla O’Reilly who finished with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Senior forward Viive Rebane grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for BU who splits the season series with UMBC.
Binghamton closes its three-game road trip with a visit to the state’s capitol against second-place Albany on next Wednesday Feb. 22. Binghamton dropped a heart breaker to the Great Danes back on Jan. 25 with a 37-36 loss. With just two regular season games remaining, BU solidly sits in sixth place of the America East conference.