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Women’s Basketball defeats Maine 72-54 in America East opener
Rebane pours in career-high 26 points, O'Reilly adds 22 points
January 2, 2012Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior forward Viive Rebane scored a career-high 26 points and senior guard Orla O’Reilly netted 22 points, powering Binghamton (7-7, 1-0 AE) to a 72-54 victory over Maine (3-11, 0-1 AE) in an America East Conference women’s basketball game on Monday evening at the Events Center. The win is the second for the Bearcats in the last three games and marks the second straight year they have captured their conference opener.
Rebane narrowly missed a triple-double, as she added a career-high eight assists and a game-high eight rebounds. She has now reached the 20-point mark four times in her career. With 1,046 career points, Rebane is now 12th all-time in Binghamton program history. Against Maine, she passed Helene Thomas (1981-85), who had 1,018 points and Jen Blues (2002-06), who finished her career with 1,019 points.
O’Reilly, meanwhile, reached the 20-point mark for the second time this season and fourth time in her career. She added five assists. Senior point guard Andrea Holmes chipped in 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.
“I thought it was important to get the first conference win,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Especially at home, where we have struggled as of late. I thought we had excellent defense which in turn caused turnovers and led to fast break points.”
Down 25-21 with 5:05 left in the first half, the Bearcats went on a 16-0 run to take a 37-25 lead at the break. O’Reilly had 10 of her points during that stretch and Rebane added two points, two assiss and a pair of steals.
In the second half, Binghamton put the game away with a 16-7 run in a span of 4:56 to go up 72-48 with 4:50 left in regulation. Rebane had 11 of her points during the decisive span and capped the run with her second three pointer of the game.
“I challenged our team at halftime to keep the pressure up and stretch the lead and we did just that,” Scholl said. “Once we got it going in transition, we were able to execute in the half court setting.
Brittany Williams led Maine with 18 points while Samantha Baranowski added 11 points.
For the game, Binghamton shot a season-high 51.8 percent (29-of-56)
Binghamton heads to Stony Brook on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.
NOTES: Rebane and Williams were the America East Players of the Game ... the last time a pair of Binghamton players scored at least 20 points in the same game was on Dec. 7, 2010 against Siena. Holmes had 21 points and Rebane added 20 points ... Holmes now has 1,305 career points. Against Maine, she became the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,300-point mark for her career ... Rebane’s previous career high in points was 22, against New Hampshire on Feb. 6, 2011.