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Women’s Basketball Fends off Saint Peter’s 70-63
Led by Holmes' 26 points; Bearcats end three-game losing skid
December 29, 2011Tweet
Jersey City, N.J.—Senior guard Andrea Holmes poured in 26 points for the Bearcats (6-6), who forced a season-high 24 turnovers in the 70-63 victory over Saint Peter’s (0-10) in the opening night of the Saint Peter’s Holiday Classic Thursday evening. Three others joined Holmes in double figures, highlighted by senior forward Viive Rebane, who became the 14th BU player to score 1,000 career points.
Holmes, who’s 26 points is a season-high, did most of her damage during the second half of play, hitting three of her season-high five three-pointers on the evening. Despite only shooting 35 percent from the field, BU was extremely effective on the foul line as they closed out the game. Binghamton knocked down 18-of-22 free throws in the second half and 25-of-29 (.862) for the game.
“It was nice for us to get back on track with the win tonight,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “We had an impressive first half and closed things out by knocking down our opportunities at the free-throw line.”
Both teams started slow out the gate missing a combined 11 of 13 shots, but it was the Peahens who started out the first half with the momentum. A jumper by Lovisa Hagberg put SPC up 16-12, giving them their largest lead of the game at the 10 minute mark. Binghamton quickly turned things around going on an 18-5 run to close the half. Orla O’Reilly sparked the Bearcats scoring seven of her 12 points during the extended run.
Rebane reached the 1,000 point mark during the first half thanks to a 12-foot baseline jumper at the 7:24 mark. Rebane produced her fourth double-double of the season by accumulating 10 points and a season-high 14 boards.
“Reaching the 1,000 point milestone is a great accomplishment for Viive and one that is well deserved,” Scholl explained. “She has been rock solid for us and delivered another strong performance tonight.”
Up next for the Bearcats is a matchup with the Dayton Flyers, who defeated USF 73-63 in the opener. The Bearcats will tip off at 7:30 Friday night in the championship game.
- Holmes passed former BU standout Cathy Mackin for fourth place on the all-time BU scoring list and now has 1,281 career points
- With Rebane’s 10 points, she now has 1,007 career points.
- Jasbriell Swain scored 15 points, including a career-best 9-of-11 from the free-throw line.