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Women’s Basketball loses 60-50 to Dayton in title game at St. Peter’s Holiday Classic

O'Reilly finishes with team-best 16 points, Rebane adds 11 points.

December 30, 2011

Women’s Basketball loses 60-50 to Dayton in title game at St. Peter’s Holiday Classic

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Jersey City, N.J.—Cathy Sant scored 16 points and Samantha Mackey added 14 points, leading Dayton (8-4) to a 60-50 win in the championship game of the St. Peter’s Holiday Classic on Friday evening at the Yanitelli Center. The loss denied the Bearcats their first in-season tournament title since the 2003-04 season.

The Bearcats appeared to have command of the contest with 5:13 left in regulation when a jumper by senior forward Viive Rebane put them up 46-41. From there, however, Dayton went on a 12-0 run over the ensuing 4:19 to take a 53-46 lead with 54 seconds left in regulation. Mackey had five of her points during that span. From there, the Flyers iced the game by connecting on seven of eight free throws the rest of the way.

Binghamton rode a strong defensive effort over the first 20 minutes to take a 24-21 lead at the break. The Bearcats held Dayton to 26 percent shooting and closed the first half with an 8-3 run over the final 3:11. Senior guard Orla O’Reilly, who lead the Bearcats with 16 points, scored seven straight Binghamton points during that stretch.

Rebane, who finished with 11 points, and senior guard Andrea Holmes, who added nine points, eight assists and six rebounds, were named to the All-Tournament Team. MVP honors went to Justine Raterman, who scored 10 points in the game against Binghamton.

The Bearcats open up America East Conference play on Monday with a 5 p.m. game against Maine at the Events Center.

NOTES: Binghamton’s last in-season tournament title was at the 2003 Binghamton/Time Warner Classic ... Rebane now has 1,018 career points, which ties Helene Thomas for 13th place all time in program history. In 12th place is Jen Blues (2002-06) with 1,019 points ... Holmes now has 1,290 points which continues to rank fourth all time in Binghamton history ... O’Reilly finished the tournament with 14.0 points per game.

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