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Women’s Basketball Loses 60-56 to Cornell in Home Opener

Swinson and Swain each finish with 12 points

November 14, 2012

Women’s Basketball Loses 60-56 to Cornell in Home Opener

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VESTAL, N.Y.  – Allyson DiMango finished with a game-high 17 points and added eight rebounds, leading Cornell (2-1) to a 60-56 win over Binghamton (0-2) in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. The game marked the home opener for the Bearcats.

Binghamton looked to be in control of the game as it held a 54-49 lead with 3:20 left in regulation. Down the stretch, however, the Big Red went on an 11-2 run to record the come-from-behind win.

“It’s unfortunate because this is a game we let get away from us,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “We can take a lot of good things away from this game. We stepped up our defense in the second half. If we can put together two halves like that, we should be right there.”

After 20 minutes, however, Binghamton was already down 33-23. The Big Red hit six of their 10 three-point field goal attempts and DiMango had posted 11 points and seven rebounds.

Down 43-30 with 15:25 left in the second half, the Bearcats put the clamps on Cornell’s attack, outscoring the Big Red 15-2 to tie the game at 49-49 with 9:49 left to go.  From there, the Bearcats scored another five straight points to go up 50-45 at the 7:16 mark.

A big key to Binghamton’s comeback was its performance at the free throw line. Binghamton sank its first 16 attempts and finished the game 19-for-24 (79.2 percent).

The momentum of the game, however, swung back to Cornell’s favor on what turned out to be a five-point play at the 3:06 mark. Taylor Flynn nailed a three pointer and as the ball was in the air, Clare Fitzpatrick was fouled away from the ball. Fitzpatrick then hit both free throws to tie the game.

Fitzpatrick sank two more free throws at the 2:05 mark and Shelby Lyman followed up with a three pointer, putting Cornell up 59-54 with 1:30 to go.

Fitzpatrick finished with 13 points in the winning effort.

Junior guard Jasbriell Swain finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds to record the eighth double-double of her career. Sophomore forward Sherae Swinson added a career-high 12 points and senior forward Kara Elofson chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.

Up next for Binghamton is a two-game road swing in Tennessee, starting with a game at Austin Peay on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST.

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