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Women’s Basketball Stuns host Hartford 48-45 in America East Quarterfinals
Bearcats will face Albany at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday in semifinal matchup
February 28, 2012Tweet
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Senior guard Orla O’Reilly poured in a game-high 21 points, leading sixth-seeded Binghamton (13-17) to a 48-45 upset of third-seeded and host Hartford (19-12) in an America East Tournament quarterfinal game on Friday night at the Chase Family Arena. With the victory, the Bearcats are in the semifinals for the third time in four seasons and will face second-seeded Albany on Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
“I am very excited for our program,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Hartford is a great team and to beat them on their home floor was fantastic for our program.”
O’Reilly scored 12 of her points in the second half as the Bearcats rallied from a 32-21 deficit with 15:55 left in regulation. Senior point guard Andrea Holmes added nine points and nine rebounds while senior forward Viive Rebane finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
With time running out on its season, Binghamton went on a 10-0 run in a span of 5:05 to pull within 32-31 with 10:50 left in regulation. O’Reilly had five points during that spurt and capped the run with a three pointer.
Holmes broke a 39-39 tie by sinking a pair of free throws at the 2:11 mark, giving Binghamton a lead it would not relinquish. She hit two more free throws with 1:23 left, putting the Bearcats up 43-41. Ruthanne Doherty pulled the Hawks to within 43-41 on a pair of free throws with 1:03 left but O’Reilly answered with perhaps the biggest basket of the game with 45 seconds left to go.
Forced to foul, the Hawks had a chance to tie the game after Binghamton missed three of six free throws in the final 30 seconds. Daphne Elliott, however, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Doherty led the Hakws with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
NOTES: O’Reilly is the sixth BU player to score at least 20 points in an America East Tournament game and the first since Holmes had 22 points against Stony Brook in the 2010 quarterfinals ... the win over Hartford represents Binghamton’s first ever in the America East Tournament playing as a lower seed ... the Bearcats now move to 5-6 all time in America East quarterfinal games, having gone 5-2 since the 2006 America East Tournament.