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Women’s basketball falls short at Hartford 67-58

O'Reilly leads all Bearcat scorers with 16 points

February 10, 2012

Women’s basketball falls short at Hartford 67-58

Final Stats

West Hartford, Conn.—

The Binghamton women’s basketball team, despite shooting a blistering 47 percent from the field, fell to host Hartford (16-10, 7-5 AE) 67-58 Saturday afternoon at Chase Family Arena. Behind junior forward Nikkia Smith’s game-high 24 points, the Hartford Hawks swept the season series over Binghamton, who now drops to 12-14 and 6-7 in America East conference play.

In a first half that saw five ties and six lead changes, Binghamton built up a 9-0 run that was capped by sophomore Julia Barac’s bucket on a feed from senior guard Andrea Holmes. The bucket boosted BU to a 17-11 lead, their largest of the game. But true to the games up-and-down pace, the Hawks made a run of their own. After tying up the game and eventually capturing the lead at 24-23, Hartford closed the half out on a 5-0 run that was highlighted by junior guard Daphne Elliott’s last second three-pointer.

Both teams traded baskets throughout the beginning of the second half, but Binghamton only found itself down 41-35 thanks to an Andrea Holmes driving lay-up with 12:26 remaining on the clock. From there, it was Elliott again who increased Hartford’s cushion by hitting back-to-back three-pointers on consecutive offensive possessions. Elliott, who added 20 points and four steals, soon added a third straight trey giving Hartford a 50-38 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. BU then answered hitting back-to-back threes of their own, one from senior guard Orla O’Reilly and another from junior guard Mallory Lawes, cutting down the 2011 defending America East champions lead down to just six with 8:32 left.

Unfortunately for the Bearcats, this was the closest they would get as Hartford sealed the game late thanks to seven points from the game’s leading scorer Nikkia Smith. On the afternoon, Binghamton shot both 47 percent from the field (21-of-45) and from three-point land (7-of-15), but were hurt by committing 18 turnovers.

For the third time all season, Binghamton had four players in double figures… led by Orla O’Reilly’s 16 points. O’Reilly was a very efficient 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. With her third three-point field goal, she became just the ninth BU player to have made over 100 three-point field goals.  Mallory Lawes scored a career-high 11 points, shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from three. Meanwhile, Holmes added 14 points, and a team-high seven rebounds and four assists.

The Bearcats stay on the road as they head to UMBC (13-12, 7-5 AE) on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 pm. BU last defeated the Retrievers back on Jan.19 61-43 thanks to the outstanding play of Andrea Holmes, who scored a game-high 24 points.

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