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Women’s Basketball Loses 74-68 to Maine
Swain scores 15 points and adds 14 rebounds for 11th career double-double
February 16, 2013Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Liz Wood scored a game-high 22 points and added 13 rebounds, leading Maine (3-22, 2-10 AE) to a 74-68 win over Binghamton (4-22, 3-10 AE) in an America East women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The loss is the fifth in a row for the Bearcats, who were unable to sweep the season series from the Black Bears.
Wood scored 17 of her points in the first half as Maine took a 38-33 lead at the break. The Black Bears as a team shot 51 percent in the opening 20 minutes, making 15 of their 29 field goal attempts as well as five of their 10 three-point attempts.
In the second half, Binghamton held the Black Bears to 32 percent from the floor. At the other end of the floor, however, the Bearcats misfired on nine of their 11 second-half free throw attempts.
“I though this game came down to their offense in the first half and our free throw shooting in the second half,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “It’s frustrating because defensively, we played a lot better in the second half.”
After halftime, Binghamton trimmed the deficit to 41-39 on a layup by junior guard Vanesshia Paulk. Junior guard Jasbriell Swain, who finished with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, kept the Bearcats within 45-43 when she converted a layup with 14:18 left.
Up 61-57 with 4:49 left in regulation, Maine sank four consecutive free throws in a span of 43 seconds to take a 65-57 lead. The Black Bears then sealed the win by going 9-for-12 from the free throw line in the final 90 seconds with Wood making the final two attempts.
Mikaela Gustafsson finished with 12 points in the winning effort while Lauren Bodine and Sophie Weckstrom each added 11 points.
Binghamton heads to New Hampshire next Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.
NOTES: Wood and Swain were the America East Players of the Game … Swain moves into eighth place all time in program history with 639 career rebounds. Against Maine, she passed Jen Gaeta (630 from 1992-94) and Reagan Stevens (632 from 1993-97). In addition, she now has 11 career double-doubles.