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Women’s Basketball lose 66-56 to Rider

Holmes nets team-high 18 points, moves into sixth place all-time in program history

December 16, 2011

Women’s Basketball lose 66-56 to Rider

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Ali Heller scored a game-high 24 points, leading Rider to a 66-56 win over Binghamton in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The loss is the second straight for the Bearcats, who had defeated the Broncs on the road last season.

Trailing 40-37 with 11:01 left in the game, Rider went on a 16-0 run in the ensuing 4:22. Heller had six of her points during that run, which she capped with a layup at the 6:31 mark of the second half.

Senior point guard Andrea Holmes, who finished with a team-high 18 points, broke the scoreless drought with a layup at the 6:39 mark. Heller, however, answered right back with a three-pointer, giving the Broncs a 56-42 lead with 6:31 left. The Bearcats never got to within single figures the rest of the game.

After shooting just 21 percent in the first half, the Broncs were down 21-19 at the break. The second half, however, was a different story as Rider shot 58 percent (18-for-31). In addition, the Broncs finished the game with nine blocked shots.

“We are disappointed with the loss,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Rider came out in the second half with a lot more intensity and we didn’t match it.”

Senior forward Viive Rebane finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Jasbriell Swain turned in a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with seven points and three assists.

Holmes now has 1,240 career points and moves into sixth place all time in scoring. Against Rider, she passed Karen McClelland (1996-00), who had 1,227 career points, and Alicia Brennan, who scored 1,229 career points. In fifth place is Rachel Laws (2002-06) with 1,246 career points.

“Andrea has obviously meant a great deal to our program,” Scholl said “She has had to overcome a lot of setbacks, especially with her injury last year, but she continues to be a very valuable part of our team.”

Rebane, meanwhile, has 984 career points. She needs 16 points to become the 14th player in Binghamton women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.

NOTES: Heller and Holmes were named the America East Players of the Game.

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